• Robust electronic-warfare drills during Russia’s Zapad military exercise in September came as a surprise to Estonia’s military-intelligence chief.
  • Russia has geographic and logistical advantages when operating along its western frontier, he said, and NATO is watching Moscow’s activity in the region.
  • NATO is also working to reassure its allies in Eastern Europe and improve its command and control abilities.

Russia held large-scale military exercises with troops from Belarus earlier this year, during which Moscow claimed more than 12,000 soldiers took part in a variety of drills in both countries.

The Zapad 2017 exercises fell short of many of the sinister elements observers thought they might include, but one aspect of the electronic-warfare component of the drills elicited surprise among NATO officials.

 

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