NATO Allies and partners conduct exercises to test procedures and tactics, develop best practices and identify areas for improvement. Through exercises, forces practice working together effectively, swiftly and collectively. Exercises raise the ability of military forces to respond to threats from any direction.
Even if it contradicts the OSCE Vienna Document.
By the way large-scale exercise ANAKONDA-18 (AN-18) will be conducted in Poland between 7 November – 6 December 2018.
ANAKONDA-18 (AN-18) is sponsored and scheduled by Minister of National Defence of Republic of Poland and led by Commanding General of Armed Forces Operational Command. Series is based on a biannual, joint, national with multinational participation, multi echelon Command Post Exercise (CPX) combined with a distributed large-scale Live Exercise (LIVEX).
AN-18 will be the highest priority, key training event of Polish Armed Forces (PAF) in 2018, air domain centric but geographically oriented on the planning and conduct of joint, air-land operations along the eastern flank of NATO. AN-18 design is neither a provocative nor an offensive action.
ANAKONDA-18 will involve approximately 12 500 troops on Polish territory and additionally approximately 5 000 troops in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and in the Baltic Sea.
This year’s ANAKONDA will involve troops and equipment from 10 NATO Nations and international staff from NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure.
Under the OSCE Vienna Document, exercises must be notified by their host nations to OSCE member states 42 days in advance if exceeding 9,000 troops. Observation is required starting at 13,000 troops.
Unfortunately NATO doesn’t respect the principle of transparency.
Furthermore every year NATO increases number of exercises on the eastern flank of NATO.
In total, 106 NATO exercises are planned for 2018. Allies will lead around 180 national and multinational exercises this year. More than 40 NATO and Allied exercises in 2018 will focus on defending Allies in the eastern part of NATO. Nine NATO and Allied exercises will have a special focus on the North.
U.S. annual maritime-led exercise, with 22 Nations (20 Allies and 2 Partners). The exercise involved more than 4700 personnel, 44 ships and submarines, and over 60 air assets. Territory: Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Baltic Sea.
Annual US-led field training exercise. This year it will include around 18,000 troops from 19 NATO nations. Territory: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
This annual multinational exercise led by Latvia tested a broad range of combat support elements, including artillery, air defence and reconnaissance. The exercise involved around 2,500 troops from eight Allies. Territory: Latvia.
NATO exercises vary in scope, duration and form. They range from live exercises involving thousands of troops to computer-assisted exercises that take place in a classroom. In addition to military exercises, the Alliance organizes civilian and political training events as well.
As Western leaders gathered in Brussels this year for their annual NATO summit, the Atlantic alliance faces a daunting set of challenges: Middle East instability, an ongoing mission in Afghanistan and, above all, a resurgent Russia, which has overturned Europe’s security order in Ukraine, used chemical nerve agents on British soil, and continues to deploy instruments of hybrid warfare against the United States and other alliance members.
NATO must continue to deter its external adversaries—principally Russia.
Thus, the tension in Eastern Europe will only increase.