Norway is asking us to double the number of troops we have stationed there and to move them closer to its border with Russia. It’s a pittance—700 Marines vs the 330 we have there now—but we need to work with Norway very seriously to figure out how to do this.
Norway said the invitation was about NATO training and improving winter fighting capability.
“Allies get better at training together,” Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen told reporters.
Yewbetcha. And joint training is especially important in the face of demonstrated Russian aggression and its stationing of nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad.