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Project 1704: A U.S. Army War College Analysis of Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe, an Appropriate U.S. Response, and the Implications for U.S. Landpower

Author: COL Douglas Mastriano, LTC Derek O’Malley

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The strategic calculus changed in Europe with the 2014 Russian seizure of
Crimea and its ongoing war against Ukraine. Compounding the dilemma of an
aggressive Russia, is the application of ambiguity to create a clock of
uncertainty that prevents a decisive response to counter its destabilizing
activities. However, this application of ambiguity is easily defeated, if
nations are willing to take concerted efforts now to preempt and deter
further Russian aggression. Project 1704 provides an honest assessment of
the tenuous strategic environment that now envelopes Eastern Europe and
offers specific recommendations on how to continue the 70 years of
unparalleled peace that most of Europe has enjoyed.