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Inside the White House preparations for a Russian invasion

By Ellen Nakashima and Ashley Parker

14 Feb 2022 · 6 min read

As fears grow of potential Russian aggression against Ukraine, a "Tiger Team" led by the White House is quietly gaming out how the United States would respond to a range of jarring scenarios, from a limited show of force to a full-scale, mass-casualty invasion.

The White House team has staged two multihour tabletop exercises - including one with Cabinet officials - to bring the scenarios to life and assembled a playbook that outlines an array of swift potential responses, starting with Day One and extending through the first two weeks of an envisioned Russian invasion.

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