BRUSSELS—The North Atlantic Treaty Organization may revive a Cold War naval command to counter Moscow’s increased submarine activity in the Arctic and protect Atlantic sea lanes in the event of a conflict, according to allied diplomats and officials briefed on the planning work.
According to the Wall Street Journal, this week in Brussels, the generals of the NATO countries, including the Chairman of chiefs of staff of the Armed forces of the United States Joseph Dunford, attended a briefing in which the option to re-introduce the post of the Supreme commander of allied forces in the Atlantic was considered.
Military experts agree that the burden of responsibility for the security of the Arctic region is increasingly falling to the United States Navy, due to the reduction of NATO’s capabilities for monitoring the region.
“We need to consider the potential threats from any direction, including the North Atlantic and the Arctic,” — said the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Peter Paul.
On 28 March the head of the European command of the Armed forces of the U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti said that Russia has turned from a partner of the US to antagonist.
He stressed the importance of implementing a strategy of containment against Russia. “In response to Russian aggression we must strengthen our relationships with our partners, including the Baltic States, Turkey and Ukraine”, — said Scaparotti.
Original post By Julian E. Barnes, the Wall Street Journal.