NATO exercises Defender Europe 2020: goals, objectives, threats and risks


The Alliance continues to prepare for the Defender Europe 2020 exercises. This event will be the largest in recent decades and will allow for the development of new combat strategies. To date, the leadership of NATO and the participating countries of the exercise has revealed some details of their plans, and this information may be cause for concern.


Goals and objectives


The US and NATO command regularly indicate the presence of fundamentally new threats and challenges that require an appropriate response. To this end, new strategies are being developed, such as the multi-domain battle. Perhaps the main task of future Defender Europe 2020 exercises will be to test this strategy in real conditions.

Within the MDB, NATO forces will have to use not only traditional means, but also new components of the armed forces - cyber troops, space troops, etc. Future exercises will be the largest of all on which such means have been used.

Also, in the conditions of European landfills, they plan to “run in” promising models of equipment and weapons. In particular, it is proposed to test the main Tanks M1A2 Abrams with active protection complexes and other devices.

Place and time


NATO is currently preparing for the exercises, which will take several weeks. At the end of January, the movement of troops will begin - in the first place, American. In a few weeks, the participating countries will withdraw their groupings to the designated areas, after which the active phase starts. Maneuvers and training battles will begin in April and will continue for several weeks. Then the process of returning troops to their bases will begin. Not later than July, the last units will return to their places of permanent deployment, including overseas.


The Defender Europe 2020 exercises will be attended by 18 countries - 17 NATO countries and invited Georgia. The total number of personnel is almost 40 thousand people. Thousands of units of land equipment, hundreds of aircraft and enormous quantities of ammunition of all classes will be used.

It is curious that the bulk of the troops advanced by the United States. Their army will be represented by 29 thousand people (20 thousand from the continental USA and 9 thousand from the European contingent), 7 thousand people. from the National Guard and 750 reservists. The total number of groups of 17 other countries will not exceed 8-10 thousand people. The situation is the same with equipment and weapons: the largest share of the materiel will be put up by American troops.

Maneuvers will take place in 10 countries. Polygons are allocated by the Baltic states, Poland, Georgia, etc. An important role in the exercises is played by Germany, which will become the main logistics hub for the entire combined NATO grouping. Troop transfer routes will pass through the territory of several other countries.

According to the legend of the teachings ...


According to the scenario of the exercises, the conflict takes place in 2028 and reflects the state of the armies in this period. The forces of the North Atlantic Alliance are faced with a conditional adversary from Eastern Europe, and the adversary does not have a specific name. According to legend, in its military potential, it is comparable to NATO. In fact, this is a very transparent hint, which will not be difficult to solve.


The exercises will begin with the advance of troops to the places of conditional battles. Groups of different countries will have to leave temporary or permanent locations and get to landfills. For this, temporary logistics centers will be created on the territory of the participating countries.

Then the NATO forces will have to take the battle and defend themselves against the advancing conditional enemy. They will also work offensive operations. In particular, the simultaneous landing of three airborne assault forces on different sections of the conventional front — in Latvia, Lithuania and Georgia — was announced. The base of the landing forces will be the US Army, and the military of other countries will participate in them. The paratroopers have to capture the airfields of a conditional enemy and hold them until the main forces approach.

In Poland, an episode will take place with the participation of engineering troops, which will ensure the passage of a large group across the river. Numerous firing with the use of almost all available weapons will take place at all main firing ranges.

In the course of all activities that require several weeks of active work, the Alliance forces will test their capabilities in a number of key areas. It is planned to work out the movement of troops over long distances, the interaction of the armies of different countries, including in combat operations, check out new strategies and models of equipment, etc.


At the end of the main events at the European training grounds, the troops will go home, and the command of different countries and NATO as a whole will begin to analyze the results. Defender Europe 2020 is the largest teaching of recent decades, and it can be assumed that the headquarters will get enough work both during the maneuvers themselves and their results.

Threats and Risks


The planned exercises now look useful and fruitful for both the United States and NATO. At the same time, they may be associated with risks for third countries. First of all, they can pose a threat to Russia - at least indirectly.

According to the legend of the exercises, NATO will confront an unnamed conditional enemy in Eastern Europe with comparable fighting efficiency. There is only one country in the entire European region that matches this description. Thus, the exercise plan can be regarded as unfriendly or even aggressive towards our country. Despite all the assurances and anonymity of the conditional adversary.

The fact of conducting exercises near our borders also makes us worry. An additional cause for concern is their scale. Approximately 40 thousand people and thousands of weapons and equipment will be concentrated at the landfills. From certain points of view, all this is like preparing for aggression. Moreover, in the domestic media there are already versions according to which provocations against Russia can be undertaken during the exercises. There is another opinion - all these teachings are one big provocation.


In the fight against the conditional adversary, NATO intends to use both already developed and new strategies and methods. The development of MDB and other modern doctrines is openly associated with the US intention to oppose Russia, China and other countries. In this, too, one can find a serious threat to our country.

Suspicious Activity


It should be noted that NATO and the United States regularly conduct various exercises near the Russian borders. These steps cannot be called friendly, but fortunately have not yet reached clear provocations or direct aggression. Thus, there is no clear reason to suspect NATO of intending to use the exercises as an excuse for active actions of one kind or another - for example, to attack any parts of Russia.

However, the stated and actual goals of the forthcoming Defender Europe 2020 exercises are far from seizure of territories and open war. They are necessary for the practical development of a wide range of various questions that take place within the framework of military cooperation within NATO. All this is not a direct threat to others, but leads to increased combat effectiveness of individual countries and NATO as a whole. And this directly affects the situation in Eastern Europe - at our borders.

The active phase of NATO exercises will start only in the spring, but it is now clear that these measures will not contribute to improving the general military-political situation and establishing relations. It is obvious that the North Atlantic Alliance is engaged in ensuring its security and promoting its own interests, but from the point of view of other countries, such actions look, at least, ambiguous.

In the light of the various events of past years, our country has every reason to be suspicious of the teachings of Defender Europe 2020 and other NATO activities. Despite all the declared goals and objectives, in the medium and long term, such measures threaten Russia's security. Therefore, our country is watching them from the side and is preparing a response.
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  1. Same lech 28 January 2020 06: 32 New
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    If we figuratively replace NATO equipment and soldiers with tanks, planes and VERMAHTA soldiers of June 1941, we get the exact same picture before the German Fascist invasion of the USSR ... the matter is small ... choose a convenient moment and an occasion to start a war.
    1. bessmertniy 28 January 2020 07: 41 New
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      Europe and NATO should practice reflecting threats from the West and the South. wink And they are like a blind man who got on a stitch - everyone learns to fight against the East. lol
    2. Bashkirkhan 28 January 2020 07: 46 New
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      In 1941 there was no such terrible property stratification in Russia, as now. And why should NATO send its soldiers to our snowy wastes? It is much more efficient to plant a puppet government that will work for its owner, but at the same time it is tough to keep a fooled population in check. No matter what, with songs about external enemies, rising from knees, spiritual bonds, the fifth column, endless parades, fireworks and fireworks in honor of past victories, etc. Including that it is necessary to compress the rolls and tighten the belts. The main thing is that the country would not develop, but would remain in place as an oil well, or mine. In the meantime, the elite on the Cote d'Azur, Sardinia, the Italian Riviera and other places where they keep private and official secret villas, use assets ranging from 1 to 3 trillion dollars withdrawn outside Russia to introduce into the ranks of a potential adversary. I can reassure the pseudo-patriots that Russian military intelligence controls a special secret unit of the Russian Navy, disguised as oligarch yachts. In fact, these are luxury-class ocean-going helicopter carriers, whose squadrons control the global water area in the tropics, reaching high latitudes.
      1. michael2000 28 January 2020 08: 09 New
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        Boy, you obviously hit your head in childhood and apparently more than once!
        1. The popuas 28 January 2020 08: 57 New
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          The boy says real things! And you would have to think with your head and look around! You think they are baked about the people, there is no, my dear, about your property no more request
          1. michael2000 28 January 2020 09: 42 New
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            Yeah, EVERYTHING LOST !!! Life became so bad that women began to pay for children. The schoolchildren are again organizing free lunches ... Straight uncle ... everything is gone !!!
            1. The popuas 31 January 2020 07: 15 New
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              If compared with other countries, then this is a bone thrown to the population.
              1. michael2000 31 January 2020 08: 12 New
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                Come on, give the names of countries where such things are in the order of things. Where children are fed for free, where maternity capital is paid from the first child. Links to the studio.
        2. Alexfly 28 January 2020 18: 26 New
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          And you uncle, why are you smoking? Do you wear pink glasses?
    3. Evil543 28 January 2020 07: 54 New
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      "In Poland, an episode will take place with the participation of engineering troops, which will ensure the passage of a large group across the river. At all main training ranges, numerous firing will be carried out using almost all available weapons."

      Having read it the same way I thought, somewhere similar was already
  2. rocket757 28 January 2020 06: 34 New
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    Everyone has their own "cockroaches" in their heads. The world will not be “more peaceful” from such “training”!
    Something fundamentally new, it is unlikely that they will (if they will) learn more intensively \ more actively to use new variants of the same technique, tactics ....
  3. Li17 28 January 2020 06: 41 New
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    All this is understandable. And in general, NATO has another goal - to keep the EU under control, so that they do not forget who the boss is! This is still a topic of who and how liberated there and who is the main historical benefactor! And the devil is not so terrible, considering that the alliance is not so monolithic with all economic and climatic problems and military vulnerability! But China with its KShU with a mission of 2000 km and a real powerful army in every sense, which is quietly and consistently taking over (not only us) all hands!
  4. Vladimir_2U 28 January 2020 06: 43 New
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    They carried out exercises in Transbaikalia to install special warheads on the Iskanders, but it was necessary to conduct these exercises at the western borders of our Motherland, but no, "who needs a signal."
  5. rotmistr60 28 January 2020 07: 00 New
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    there is every reason to relate to the exercises of Defender Europe 2020 and other NATO activities with great suspicion
    In the current situation, it is no longer necessary to talk about suspicions, but about the growing direct threat to Russia. Of course, we will answer their teachings with our own. But do not forget, however, that the collective West wanted to spit on all the agreements reached earlier and, if necessary, would violate them.
  6. Dimy4 28 January 2020 07: 50 New
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    But our leadership with sheep’s stubbornness continues to call all this European Kodla partners, even if the number on the head is tesha. If we don't give a damn about the country, they themselves would respect at least something.
    1. michael2000 28 January 2020 08: 12 New
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      Are you such a connoisseur of the internal political cuisine of the cuisine of our government?
      Enlighten us poor, otherwise we don’t know everything ...
      1. Dimy4 28 January 2020 08: 22 New
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        Watch the news on TV and the statements of our politicians. But whether you are miserable or not, it's up to you to decide.
        1. michael2000 28 January 2020 08: 28 New
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          You know how you don’t call a donkey; he won’t become a trotter. And among those who make decisions fools have long been gone. And all the changes that are taking place in the country just show that they take care of the country and are not going to merge it for the sake of the golden camel.
          1. rocket757 28 January 2020 09: 17 New
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            Of course, I want to hear a straightforward, honest characterization of all those Western "partners" !!! But polites, its nuclei and all that jazz, nobody canceled ... these are the rules, written and not.
            A responsible state fly, a responsible politician ... you should not expect the impossible from them, at least to a certain extent. And then ... "soup with a cat" and everything else laid down.
            1. michael2000 28 January 2020 09: 44 New
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              To some extent, I agree with you, in politics, mainly speaking in the Aesopian language, the clever will understand, and they will explain to the fools. But to assert that our politicians take out money by double basses is not even a bad idea.
              1. rocket757 28 January 2020 10: 18 New
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                Quote: michael2000
                But to assert that our politicians take out money by double basses is not even a bad idea.

                To assume that because of the fear of being pinched by the striped Ministry of Finance, all sorts of different ones will be taken out of the cache by bags / cases, this is nonsense.
                They have miles of "legal" ways! Moreover, she is not expected by many with “open arms” ... in fact, they are not badly “fed” here either.
                In short, you can screw one on top of the other endlessly ... only "the king will still remain Naked!" .... have fun at the OBS level.
  7. Ros 56 28 January 2020 09: 39 New
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    The whole situation in life and in the media in Europe resembles 41 years, but the state of the Armed Forces of Russia does not match the level of 41 years. Hence the conclusion, they need to think hard about the state of Europe for the current 45 year.
    1. Vvol 28 January 2020 17: 58 New
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      Quote: Ros 56
      but the state of the Armed Forces of Russia does not match the level of 41 years. Hence the conclusion, they need to think hard about the state of Europe for the current 45 year.

      M-yes-yes ... "1914-1917. We can repeat it!" However, the "repetition" summer 1941 no matter how it happened ... We don’t have much to do with “import substitution”, and the economy is waning - so there’s no need to exaggerate our defenses. On the fly to the quarry, "repeat" 1943, 1944 and 1945 will not work.
      Py.Sy. If that - quite respectfully, actually. hi Just, I think, everyone has the right to an opinion. "Plato is my friend but the truth is dearer". And confidence that we, allegedly, “in case of what”, will immediately turn out to be “small_blood_y_a_on_other's_territory! 111”, in view of the events of recent years, something has not increased recourse .
      1. Ros 56 29 January 2020 07: 33 New
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        You just take into account one crucial moment, no one is going to attack with a gun at the ready, for this there are technical means, such as airplanes, drones, tactical missiles, long-range and not so artillery, various hurricanes, hailstones, sunsets and other things that will provide the cleanliness of the territory, and their guidance, is not a technique of the time of the Second World War. But after all this, troops will come in. At least it will not be at all what was in the Donbass.
    2. Keyser soze 31 January 2020 19: 16 New
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      The whole situation in life and in the media in Europe recalls 41 years,


      Dear, are you really weaving? You recall what happened in Europe from 1939 to 1941, or check it yourself?

      but the state of the Armed Forces of Russia does not match the level of 41 years.


      And what, the condition of the European armies corresponds to the level of 1941?

      In Europe, the Americans are the only real force, and even then your army, if you wish, will not understand when it comes to Portugal, this is the difference in military capabilities ...
  8. aszzz888 28 January 2020 09: 44 New
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    There is another opinion - all these teachings are one big provocation.
    This is the main component of mericatos.
  9. Mavrikiy 28 January 2020 09: 57 New
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    Yes, Schaub they all f .... crashed from pylons to armored columns, can peace come? repeat
  10. max702 28 January 2020 10: 03 New
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    The volume of exercises is certainly surprising .. By God it’s just the development of the budget and the operation of mostly logistic actions .. There is no military threat, there are no 40 contingents ... Anyway, in the era of nuclear weapons it was all crazy .. Recall the Wehrmacht at 000 how many divisions were in the direction of the USSR first strike? I understand that the combat power has increased in comparison with 41 BUT it has increased on both sides .. That is, if the enemy’s level of combat power is approximately the same, then the whole quantity will be decided .. And we won’t observe just the required amount .. For conquest and capture under control (not destruction and annihilation. namely, taking control) of such a territory as the western part of the Russian Federation 41 thousand, like nothing and 40 400 nothing, but already something in 000 mln .. Although these 4 mln can be reset to 4 missiles .. 10 groups for operations in the East consisted of 41 divisions and 183 brig .. About any military operation can not be considered .. All this in order to justify military spending from both sides, in case of conflict, the economic damage may be of such magnitude that washed away in all this .. the US as the main beneficiaries? Well, they destroyed Europe well, destroying this part of the world as a global competitor, and then what? To whom is the most important thing to sell American goods to pay? But the banal environmental consequences of the database in Europe will not cover the world with a copper basin? It used to be well wiped off a couple of countries somewhere okay, but now then? Let’s take the second France (13th) of one Zaporizhzhya NPP with its 404 reactors so that life on the continent of Europe is in question, and now let's remember the first with its 6 reactors .. And this is only one of thousands of factors .. Global wars in the past because of them the planet NOW will not recover! Banal virtual exchange crises, without any material actions, are putting the world into shambles, and here they want to fight to the utmost with the use of the entire arsenal .. So all these games of soldiers are money laundering for the living of the armed forces of all countries .. They will fight in the margins of the world, BV, Africa, in Europe, except that in Yugoslavia, the Driban will begin again ..
  11. Kibl 28 January 2020 10: 24 New
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    Again, in Latvia, drunken NATO warriors will crawl around and get cradles from local guys, and again they will spoil the whole territory, their mother is like that. And most importantly again all summer, down the drain!
  12. JonnyT 28 January 2020 10: 42 New
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    40 thousand is not serious. So the banal training of NATO. Well, they themselves have designated a clear deadline - this is 28 years. In the meantime, they are learning to fight in a European theater of war, to build logistics, to direct crossings.
  13. Host Tavern 28 January 2020 16: 04 New
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    We look forward to the headlines with "mowed" moments Defender Europe 2020 wassat
  14. eklmn 28 January 2020 23: 31 New
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    In fact, 40 thousand. very frivolous!
    Here are 300 thousand. - yes! And just 2 years ago !!!
    “Russia will hold the largest exercises in 37 years. A third of the army will take part in them. ”
    https://www.bbc.com/russian/news-45327902
    “In September, the Russian Ministry of Defense will hold the largest military exercises since 1981. According to the agency, about 2018 thousand soldiers will take part in the maneuvers under the name Vostok-300. ”
  15. Lekz 29 January 2020 00: 49 New
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    Surprised mention of Georgia and the absence of Ukraine. Did I miss something?
  16. Dmitry Zverev 29 January 2020 10: 28 New
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    In order to ensure that the shanks of the NATO military are constantly reduced from thrills, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces urgently needs to plan large-scale exercises in the immediate vicinity of the areas of the above-mentioned action and at the same time. Involve a minimum of 140 thousand soldiers and officers.
  17. Aleksandr_13 25 February 2020 17: 27 New
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    NATO needs to somehow justify its existence, and they came up with a threat from the East. In fact, they look to the East, like Hitler in his time. History doesn’t teach anything, and they don’t go through history at school .. If they want a nuclear war, they will get it when they are pulverized ... Apparently, someday they will go on a provocation, here our nuclear shield will smear them ..
  18. Anton Koimykov 29 March 2020 23: 41 New
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    War? Who is the enemy? Target designation. Revelations manager of an international corporation. https://ant-63.livejournal.com/365434.html