In the event of a collision with Russia, the European countries participating in NATO will face serious problems in transporting military equipment and contingents, says the head of the Alliance’s International Military Staff, Lieutenant General Ian Brooks.
“I would say that, from a military point of view, the movement of troops is not fast enough,” Defense News quotes Brooks.
Today, NATO members are faced with a lack of “military mobility” for the transfer of soldiers and equipment to the potential Eastern Front, the article notes. According to representatives of the alliance, a lot of work remains to be done in this direction.
First, it is necessary to solve logistics issues: “find roads capable of supporting the weight of military equipment, increase the carrying capacity of key ports, or repair obsolete railway lines”.
Secondly, the countries participating in the bloc must first obtain permission from the allies to cross their borders and airspace. As noted by the head of the military headquarters of the European Union, Es Pulkkinen, legal issues are partly in the hands of the EU, partly within the competence of the member countries of the organization.
NATO has repeatedly drawn attention to the logistical problems existing in the alliance. So, according to the captain of the US Navy, Jerry Hendrix, the transportation of weapons is becoming a “growing strategic problem” for Washington.
“We do not have the capacity to compete with the great powers if we do not have the support forces — trains and supply vessels — that we need to conduct operations of this magnitude,” the military said.
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