Fulda Gap revisited

  • AFP writes: “The United States is worried that after the Georgian conflict, USstrategic interests in Ukraine and Azerbaijan — especially in oil –could be at serious risk.”
  • USA Today writes: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened an unspecified militaryresponse if the United States follows through with a missile-defensesystem near Russia’s borders in Poland and the Czech Republic.”

Welcome back to 1988!

Is it also time to dust off the slides showing a NATO counter-offensive across the Fulda Gap?

How long before wargaming scenarios involving humanitarian and military interventions in Eastern Europe creep into budget justification reports for major weapons programs, taking their place along side charts depicting the Yalu, Taiwan Straits and Strait of Hormuz?

And what would that portend for the Cold War-era acquisition programs now on life support (ie, C-17, F-22)?


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2 Responses to Fulda Gap revisited

  1. Aurora 29 August, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    The Evil Empire is somewhat short a few allies & tank divisions to make the old Fulda Gap scenario work–unless someone has reliable info they plan to reconstitute 3 Shock Army and reinstate the Warsaw Pact?

  2. Matthew G. Saroff 31 August, 2008 at 2:26 am #

    This ain’t a bug, it’s a feature.

    Dick Cheney and his lot have been aggressively looking for a new cold war opponent for political advantage, and it looks like they have found that they could just poke the old one with a stick to have the sam effect.

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