Fundamental Readjustment

BERLIN (Own report) – Just a few days before the NATO summit opens in Poland’s capital Warsaw, German think tanks are not only pushing for stationing combat troops at Russia’s borders but even for the expansion of the West’s nuclear arsenal. A “revision” of NATO’s “nuclear strategy” is “urgently needed,” because, vis à vis Moscow, for a “credible deterrence” a “nuclear component” is necessary, explained the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The German government’s main military policy think tank, the Federal College for Security Studies (BAKS) is also calling for the transatlantic alliance to reach a “new strategic nuclear consensus,” to contain Russia, the “anti-western power.” The implementation of the missile defense system in NATO’s eastern European member countries is also explained with Moscow’s alleged “aggressivity” and the derived need for “deterrence.” The western military alliance demonstrates its “political capability to take action” against Russia, by its “close involvement” of the formally neutral countries Sweden and Finland “in NATO processes,” according to the author. Besides, both think tanks admit their commitment to militaristic “global crisis management.” According to the Adenauer Foundation, NATO must be able to address and “neutralize threats wherever they arise.” The think tank explicitly considers the “flow of migrants” in this category.

Ready to Use Nuclear Weapons

In an article, published on the eve of the NATO summit due to be held in the Polish capital, Warsaw on July 8 – 9, the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) has committed itself to the expansion of the western nuclear arsenal. A debate on the “purpose and condition” is “urgently needed,” the author writes, after all, Russia’s “credible deterrence” necessitates a “nuclear component.” Apparently, the KAS is counting on a further escalation of conflicts with Moscow that can only be resolved with ostentatious readiness to use nuclear weapons. “In the case of war with Russia, the alliance’s defense of the Baltic countries with solely conventional means … would hardly be possible – the Russian military would have a numerical and geographical advantage.” Therefore a fundamental “readjustment” of the transatlantic military alliance’s “nuclear strategy” would be necessary, even if, in Germany, it is a “highly unpopular theme,” the foundation concludes.[1]

Strategic Nuclear Consensus

Karl-Heinz Kamp, President of the Federal College for Security Studies (BAKS) holds a similar standpoint in his “working paper” on NATO’s Warsaw summit. Kamp explicitly calls for “counter concepts” for the case that Russia starts a war against NATO’s eastern European member countries and then attempts to “use nuclear threats to split the Alliance.” The president of the German government’s main military policy think tank logically favors the “shorter reaction time” necessary for the use of nuclear weapons and “stepping up military exercises in the use of nuclear weapons.” Therefore, the Alliance needs to reach “a new consensus on its nuclear strategy,” explains Kamp. In this context, he also points to problems this represents, for example, “although Eastern European NATO states are currently insisting on a credible form of nuclear deterrence as a means of preventing war, there is a strong anti-nuclear tradition in countries such as Germany,” he notes.[2]

Security Policy Turning Point

The President of BAKS views the deployment of four NATO combat battalions in Eastern Europe, which, in all probability will be approved at the Warsaw summit, with unrestricted optimism. As Kamp points out, the western military alliance has therefore “adapted to the new global security environment” and is using a security policy of “defense, deterrence of hostile forces, and provision of assurance to allies” to “confront Russia’s geopolitical ambitions.”[3] The Adenauer Foundation takes a similar position. “The security of the borders can only be assured, if Russia is made clear that any border violation will immediately involve soldiers from various NATO nations, thereby considerably expanding the number of parties to the conflict. This calls for … a combat-ready multinational presence and reliable resupply capabilities.”[4] Like the establishment of NATO’s Eastern European “Spearhead” “rapid reaction force,” Germany will also make “a significant contribution,” ( reported.[5]) for example the combat battalion stationed in Lithuania “could be placed under German command.”[6]

“Not Destabilizing”

NATO Expansion

NATO’s Southern Flank

Arms Buildup at Any Price

To prepare NATO troops for global “crisis management,” the Konrad Adenauer Foundation calls on the military alliance’s member states “not only to gradually change course in their defense spending, but to make a fundamental readjustment.” A drastic increase in defense budgets should become particularly necessary, if NATO seeks to provide a military “response” to the civil wars in Syria and Ukraine – as the foundation proposes. According to the author, after all, as “a passive bystander” one does not “make a good impression.”[12]

Full article: Fundamental Readjustment (German Foreign Policy)

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