Naval War College Review


Robert C. Rubel


I read the Winter 2016 article by Jonathan Altman, entitled “Russian A2/AD in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Growing Risk,” and I would like to highlight the urgency of securing NATO’s southern flank. NATO needs a stronger presence in the Mediterranean to monitor activities and prevent attacks on its members. U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson has stated that there is no plan to bolster scarce U.S. naval resources in the eastern Mediterranean. This means NATO must adapt by increasing its presence on its southern flank and boosting the military power of existing members to deter aggression in the region. Greece is one member nation that could increase its involvement, thereby strengthening NATO’s capabilities.