Finland as a part of NATO, some unfashionable thoughts

Can you describe why anybody should expect FI to “contribute outside FI proper” especially in form of FDF brigades? It could be nice of course, but FI is neutral. Does it still matter?

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One started wondering what it would mean in a scenario similar to RAND think-tank’s war in Baltic scenario. One thing that springs into mind is that NATO would have a lot more space to cover. Of course Finland has not run her defenses as down as say Holland or Germany have, but still amount of brigades has been cut from 22 to about 8. Most of the cut brigades were “older” types, but now there is significvant pressure to form them again. Personnel is there, but you have to re-equip them. This is the beef that army has. So considering NATOs dilemma, there is a slim chance that in current depleted form FDF could give brigades to defend Baltic states. In fact Finland would herself need more equipped brigades to mount viable defense. Not to go into current Finnish Naval and Airforce procurement programs which are both necessary and, at…

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