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Why it’s critical for NATO to exercise

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“The invasion to Ukraine of Russia underlined again that you need to have capable forces, combat-ready.” Learn why long-planned military drills continue across the Alliance in a changing security environment.

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To improve readiness, capability and interoperability, NATO regularly conducts exercises, testing forces in the air, on land and at sea to make sure they are able to face all possible scenarios.
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has changed the face of European security and underlined the need for combat-ready forces to be able to deploy at speed across NATO Allied territory.
Military exercises such as Cold Response and Brilliant Jump, which took place in the Arctic, are long-planned training exercises that enable troops to practise their skills in sub-zero temperatures on difficult terrain.
More than 30,000 troops from 27 NATO Allies and partners took part in Cold Response ‘22 in Norway in March.

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—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH—
GEN. JÖRG VOLLMER
Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
“The invasion to Ukraine of Russia underlined again that you need to have capable forces, combat-ready. But you must be able to deploy them as fast as it is necessary to have the effect wherever you need.”

—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH—
LT. GEN. YNGVE ODLO
Commander, Norwegian Joint Headquarters

“We need to be prepared. And the most important thing I do is to avoid war on NATO territory. That’s my job. And to reach that goal we need to exercise and have a credible capability.

—SOUNDBITE IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS—
CDR DANIELE LUCIDI
Italian Marines
“What we are experiencing here in Norway is important because, in this case, the weather is the enemy, and we must be ready for this situation as never before.”


—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH—
LT. COL. RYAN GORDINIER
United States Marines Corps
“The message that it sends is that we’re strong, that we’re united. In these times, we’re doing this together as a team.”
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Killshot by Baxter and Westergaard
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