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Book Review: Shields of the Republic

By Brett Swaney The Strategy Bridge

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Multinational force standards allow NATO troops to apply firepower at the precise moment needed at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 18, 2016. Exercise Saber Strike 16  was an exercise with more than 10,000 service members from the U.S. and 12 NATO partner nations.
Multinational force standards allow NATO troops to apply firepower at the precise moment needed at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 18, 2016. Exercise Saber Strike 16 was an exercise with more than 10,000 service members from the U.S. and 12 NATO partner nations.
Multinational force standards allow NATO troops to apply firepower at the precise moment needed at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 18, 2016. Exercise Saber Strike 16  was an exercise with more than 10,000 service members from the U.S. and 12 NATO partner nations.
U.S., NATO Allies conduct large-scale exercise to defend Baltics
Multinational force standards allow NATO troops to apply firepower at the precise moment needed at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 18, 2016. Exercise Saber Strike 16 was an exercise with more than 10,000 service members from the U.S. and 12 NATO partner nations.
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The generation living in the aftermath of World War II understood the value of these structures intrinsically. The most effective and efficient way to protect the American homeland and the economy was through global engagement and forward defense. Today, the barriers between nations and empowered subnational actors continue to shrink in the midst of a peacetime international system that is increasingly dominated by competition and coercion between great powers.

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Mr. Brett Swaney is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.