More Manpower Needed for NATO’s Defensive Strategy

More Manpower Needed for NATO’s Defensive Strategy

Reuters reported that additional battalions are necessary to defend against an attack from Russia. An anonymous military source stated that 35 to 50 new bridges would be needed for defence against a potential attack from Russia. This ranges from 105000 to 350000 new personnel with the number per bridge considered.

The mass missile and drone attacks in the Russo-Ukraine War that come from multiple directions are pushing the defenders to take a 360-degree approach with a respectively increased mass of air defence assets.

The need for increased capacity has notably pushed the EU into joint programmes like the European Sky Shield, which covers multiple countries, acquiring jointly decided air defence systems for layered protection.

However, the personnel and equipment to realise this reinforcement in defence prowess will surely come with equally massive costs. The previous air defence doctrine of the West assumed that the threats to be encountered would be low to medium-intensity attacks, and this led to systems and tactics being heavily based on the probability of being hit.

 Today, the amount of access to long-range missiles and kamikaze UAVs possessed by even non-state actors like the Houthis and the aforementioned situation in Ukraine calls for a change in direction and reorganisation.