This week we learned that the Pentagon is considering plans that would allow for pre-positioned heavy weapons stockpiles at strategic points in Eastern Europe. Using a bit of U.S. slang, “Say What?” would be the appropriate first reaction, this sounds like a return to elements of America’s Cold War and Global War on Terror (GWOT) deployment strategy. But is it really?

Just a few words on what is meant by pre-positioning. For the US military it is not a new concept – the country’s fortuitous l...

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