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Submitted by myth (Germany), Sep 10, 2022 at 08:25

Extending NATO worldwide does have an advantage.

I have spent my life between the Maas and the Rhine river in various European countries. That region is the safer battleground in a military conflict East-West. Anyone who crosses both rivers has utitmately moved East-to-West or West-to-East. This is where armies had to be stopped. Think of Napoleon in 1815 or Germany in 1870,1914.

Today all important NATO assests, say Spangdahlem, Geilenkirchen, Ramstein airbase, are safely located between the two rivers. That is far enough to the West to be safe yet eastward enough to reach targets beyond NATO borders to the East. Ground military advances can be stopped at either river.

However military procudction is not quite safe enough between those two rivers. Certainly not inside Germany or even Poland.

In the event of a Ukraine-style war military hardware that relies on spare parts produced in this region will degrade to uselessness with every part that fails. Production close to the battlefield is too vulnareable. Not to mention reliance on energy and raw materials. Europe's defense relies on military supplies coming in from and procuded in the US.

NATO can have mutual support between supplies and the battlefield by extending the distance and extending to more locations.


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