Putin’s ambitions put Finland’s troops and tanks back In vogue

By Kati Pohjanpalo, Marc Champion and Natalia Drozdiak

18 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

After the Cold War, most European countries dismantled territorial defenses, believing state-on-state war to be over. Finland bucked the trend. As Bloomberg reports, that's now proving advantageous.

For much of the last 30 years Finland's armed forces have looked a little old fashioned, still configured to fight a major land campaign in Europe as though the Cold War never ended. No more.

As Finland readies to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization against the backdrop of Europe's bloodiest war since 1945, in Ukraine, the Nordic nation's military is back in vogue. Its commanders are also well aware of what they bring to the table in a potential fight.

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