Posted on Feb 25, 2016
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Russis is building 13 airstrips in its Arctic Territory and has a company plus training in the Arctic year round. Canada is doing the same and also having a year long training base for Arctic ops. I believe the downsizing of our Airborne Bridgade is a big mistake while Russia gets prepared. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/parachuting-in-the-arctic-comes-with-its-own-set-of-challenges
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Downsizing in general was predicated on the thought that since the USSR no longer existed and Russia (at the time) was no longer a threat, we didn't need as large a force anymore. Well, things change. Russia is re-emerging under Putin as a threat and is re-arming and being as provocative as the old USSR ever was.
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PO1 Brian Austin
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Agree, we're basically entering/entered Cold War II. We should be building up, Russia sure is. Not to mention China.
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it seems to me...and I'm just a little of decade vet, that whenever the US draws down, inevitably, we go to a war...take WWII for instance, we drew down big time...and bam, we get invaded, now I was out before 9/11, but weren't we downsized/downsizing before Iraq and Afghanistan?
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No I don't agree. We have a lowly 55 miles separating our borders and we have all of 2 BCTs on the ground there plus attachments. Now take into account that one of our nations strongest military allies is also there conducting their own training and have power behind us in that A.O. I think that maybe enough to deter to much getting out of control there. Then of course you have to think about what our Navy is doing under the ice up there that no one knows about, scaring the crap out the Russians.
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