The evolution of NATO`s Forward Presence Force by mid-2022

Trunov Ph.O.


One of the key elements of modern Cold War between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia is the strengthening of NATO`s Forward Presence Force (FPF) in Eastern Europe. The article tries to explore the process focusing on the first half of 2022. The methodical base is represented the theory of armed forces building, with eventanalyses and comparative analyses serving as the key methods. The strengthening of NATO FPF is the systematic process that by mid-2022 is in the third stage of development. During the first period (2004–2013), the naval and first air military groups have been created. At the second stage (2014–2021), the structure of staffs from corps and division levels has been established. The ground troops of FPF have begun to deploy with some delay in time and especially in level from the staffs. The first component of FPF ground troops are the US forces in national status, the second one is multinational battalion tactic groups (BTG). The staffs created the structure of large perspective architecture of NATO FPF. It has rapidly begun to fill with troops since January 2022, which marked the beginning of the third stage. The author explores the details of the strengthening of US forces in national status, the reorganization into brigades of existing BTGs in the northern part of Eastern Europe and the establishment of new ones in the southern part. The paper also investigates the features and «narrow places» of the participation in BTG functioning of NATO member states, particularly the leading ones (the US, the UK, Germany and France).


North Atlantic Treaty Organization; multinational forces; Eastern Europe; multinational battalion tactic groups; the USA.

DOI: 10.31249/rsm/2022.04.06

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