21 minutes | May 31, 2019

Episode 5: Conventional Forces in the Cold War & Beyond

Episode 5. Conventional Forces in the Cold War and Beyond During the Cold War, conventional forces were the cornerstone of NATO’s defence posture. NATO kept extensive military forces at a high level of readiness to ensure they were able to respond promptly to a surprise attack.  In today’s episode we will discuss what this meant in practice and what it meant to be stationed in a ‘high readiness function.’ Our guests explain, with vivid memories and unique personal experiences. SHAPE Website: https://bit.ly/2WBAaHX HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Colonel Adam Edmunds, Ilay Ferrier, Brigadier General Franz Pfrengle, Diego Ruiz Palmer   Sources: NATO Declassified: The Cold War https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/135945.htm   Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence. Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (1949-1971), 8 December 1971 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_65857.htm?selectedLocale=en   Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence. Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (1970-1990), 6 December 1990. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_23686.htm?selectedLocale=en   Alliance Defence for the Seventies, 4 December 1970 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_26792.htm?selectedLocale=en   Special Meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers (The "Double-Track" Decision on Theatre Nuclear Forces), 12 December 1979 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_27040.htm?selectedLocale=en
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