If Russia Ever Invades the Baltics, This Is the Plan to Make It as Painful as Possible


The Baltic states have a plan to defend themselves against Russian invasion: mobilize their societies for the struggle. Should Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania go to war, their civilian populations will play a large part in the struggle, according to two RAND Corporation researchers. “As small countries with little strategic depth and limited human and economic resources, they are increasingly adopting a ‘total defense’ approach to national security, which includes enabling civilians to be able to protect themselves and to also support their nation’s professional armed forces in case of a conflict,” write Marta Kepe and Jan Osburg in Small Wars Journal.