US Army airborne forces alongside NATO and other allies are preparing combat exercises In Lithuania, Poland and Georgia. It is important to note that Georgia is not a NATO ally but has been in the face of Russian aggression for the past decade. The Airborne part of this operation is part of a much larger NATO exercise called Defender. Defender is the largest deployment of US forces on the continent in 25 years.

Large scale war games and operations like Defender broadcast to the Russians and that NATO is still willing to show large forces of strength like was done during the Cold War. Operationally NATO remains lethal although on the side of political leadership the alliance has been showing signs of fracture between what was once deemed the preeminent powers of Britain, France, Germnay and the United States.
-Reavis L.