There is little doubt that Russia will attack NATO countries like the small Baltic states once they have subdued Ukraine.
**The small Baltic states near Russia are the most likely Putin target given their strategic position, ethnic Russian minorities and smaller military forces. There’s also the risk of hybrid attacks to undermine the democratic governments in Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia. ...**
**Non-NATO nations Finland and Sweden took part in Friday’s NATO summit, and Russia’s foreign ministrywarned the countries would “face some military and political consequences” if they pursued membership. Those threats are all the more reason for them to join the alliance....**
**Taking NATO’s Article V Seriously**
**After he swallows Ukraine, Putin will target the alliance.**
**by The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.**
**Vladimir Putin’s likely conquest of Ukraine raises an uncomfortable question: Could Russia next attack a member of NATO? The alliance had better prepare for the possibility because the Russian dictator has all but promised to test it.**
**Why Is Putin at War Again? Because He Keeps Winning.**
**By Chris Miller, The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2022**
**There is no world leader today with a better track record when it comes to using military power than President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Whether against Georgia in 2008, Ukraine in 2014 or in Syria since 2015, the Russian military has repeatedly converted battlefield successes into political victories. Russia’s rearmament over the past decade and a half has been unmatched by a comparable increase in Western capabilities. So it is no surprise why Russia feels emboldened to use its military power while the West stands by....** [end quote]
The few thousand troops the U.S. has sent to Europe in the past few weeks are just a drop in the bucket. Will Europe step up to the plate?
What will this mean for U.S. and international defense contractors?
Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to World War 3.