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What a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO) told former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler

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posted on May, 27 2015 @ 06:04 PM
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a reply to: TinfoilTP

They would be able to hold them off long enough to get help from their allies. Don't underestimate the Polish military. They did what most considered impossible in WWII.

Their current inventory includes 48 F-16 Block 52 aircraft, which is the same used by the USAF for some missions. They spend a lot of time training with US forces every year, with both the F-16 and their MiG aircraft, which are undergoing upgrade.

They also requested AIM-9X-2 Block II, and have bought AIM-120-C5 missiles in 2006.

They wouldn't have to withstand the entire Russian air force. They'd use units from that portion of Russia. If they pulled the entire air force in they'd leave huge holes in their defenses that other countries could Waltz through.
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posted on May, 27 2015 @ 07:41 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: TinfoilTP

They would be able to hold them off long enough to get help from their allies. Don't underestimate the Polish military. They did what most considered impossible in WWII.

Their current inventory includes 48 F-16 Block 52 aircraft, which is the same used by the USAF for some missions. They spend a lot of time training with US forces every year, with both the F-16 and their MiG aircraft, which are undergoing upgrade.

They also requested AIM-9X-2 Block II, and have bought AIM-120-C5 missiles in 2006.

They wouldn't have to withstand the entire Russian air force. They'd use units from that portion of Russia. If they pulled the entire air force in they'd leave huge holes in their defenses that other countries could Waltz through.


If you look at this ranking site,
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Rank 2 Russia has the numbers across the board to dwarf rank 19 Poland and still leave plenty of defenses in place.

Poland should be rattled, just as Hitler sharpened his sword in Spain, Putin is sharpening his in Ukraine. Weakness was the message the western allies were emitting then, just as now also.



posted on May, 27 2015 @ 07:49 PM
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And there's a lot more to what a military can do than those rankings. In WWII the German army was one of the most advanced out there and Polish troops on horses, using outdated equipment were able to stop them cold for days.

The current Polish military is better trained and equipped than a number of Russian units are. Russia still has bad corruption issues, and there are a number of units that aren't combat ready, but still are part of that ranking.



posted on May, 27 2015 @ 09:01 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bilk22

New alliances are being formed and militaries are modernizing. Both require that they train more.


It's more than just new alliances and militaries modernizing more.

I posted one of the reports/articles from Defense News on page one, and here is part of what they have to say.


Russia and West Hold War Games Over Arctic
Agence France-Presse 3:06 p.m. EDT May 26, 2015

HOSCOW — Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games Tuesday, coinciding with a NATO drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

The snap check launched on the orders of President Vladimir Putin involved up to 700 units of military hardware, 12,000 troops and up to 250 aircraft, the defence ministry said.

Russia has recently intensified snap checks of its military might, testing its capabilities from the Arctic to the Far East as relations with the West have plunged to a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine crisis.

The latest exercises over Russia's central military district from the Volga River to Siberia began Monday — the same day that NATO planes joined Nordic air forces to launch a simulated UN peacekeeping mission in Sweden's sub-Arctic north.

That drill, involving nine countries, comes as Nordic countries report increased Russian air force activity close to their borders and follows a pledge by the five Nordic nations to engage in closer military cooperation.

The aim of the latest Russian exercises is to allow Russian forces to resist a simulated attack from the air.

The drill focuses on the challenges of operating from unfamiliar bases in the field and moving troops to new positions both on foot and using railways.

Nuclear bombers will practice firing cruise missiles at targets on the ground at the Pemboi firing range in the remote, northern Komi region.

Air defense missile units are also being deployed to simulate defending firing ranges in the southern Astrakhan region on the Caspian Sea.
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www.defensenews.com...

Some info about Defense News.


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Gannett Government Media

Defense News and DefenseNews.com are produced by Gannett Government Media (GGM), the world's leading publisher of news about military and government.

GGM also publishes Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times, newsweeklies and web sites for the rank and file of the U.S.
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static.defensenews.com...

Tensions are high, Russia is conducting unprecedented snap exercises in response to the increase exercises from NATO allies over the Ukraine, as well as the Arctic.

I do not wish for war, but we could be close to having one.


edit on 27-5-2015 by ElectricUniverse because: correct comment.



posted on May, 27 2015 @ 09:18 PM
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Russia is modernizing as much as anyone else. They're doing major upgrades to bombers, getting new subs, updates to fighters, as well as just rebuilding their military. They had very few units that could have gone to war, outside of some of their missile units, and some air units.

They had 10% of their units considered modern in 2010, they're aiming to increase that to 70% within the next few years.

New Su-34s.

Tu-22M updates.

New Tu-160s.

This is in addition to their attempt to build a stealth fighter, although that's not going well.

New SSK.

Borei class SSBN.

T-14 and T-15.
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