- Conduct an assessment on how to strengthen NATO’s deterrence posture vis-à-vis Russia, including the deployment of additional ground forces, missile defenses, or other assets to former Warsaw Pact members of NATO. Your deployment of U.S. fighter aircraft to Poland and the Baltic States is an important first step in this regard.
- Press America’s NATO allies to agree to a Membership Action Plan for Georgia at the NATO Summit scheduled for September 2014, while expanding U.S. military rotations to Georgia. The United States should also support Ukraine, Sweden, Finland, and other European security partners, if they seek NATO membership.
- Work to reduce European dependence on Russian natural gas, including by expanding liquefied natural gas exports from the United States, as well as supporting new pipelines into the Continent and other proposals to diversify Europe’s energy supplies, such as developing indigenous natural gas reserves.
We believe that these responsible steps will be essential to secure Ukraine’s future, to deter the Putin government from further acts of aggression, and to strengthen the NATO alliance and other security partnerships. We thank you for your consideration, and look forward to supporting you in taking these measures.
Dr. Michael AuslinJames Kirchick Dan BlumenthalDavid Kramer Ambassador John R. BoltonWilliam Kristol Max BootDr. Robert J. Lieber Ambassador L. Paul BremerSenator Joseph I. Lieberman Senator Norm ColemanTod Lindberg Ambassador William CourtneyMary Beth Long Seth CropseyDr. Thomas G. Mahnken Jack DavidRobert C. McFarlane Dr. Larry DiamondThomas C. Moore Ambassador Paula J. DobrianskyDr. Joshua Muravchik Thomas DonnellyAndrew S. Natsios Dr. Colin DueckGovernor Tim Pawlenty Dr. Nicholas N. EberstadtDr. Martin Peretz Ambassador Eric S. EdelmanDanielle Pletka Douglas J. FeithArch Puddington Dr. Jeffrey GedminDaniel F. Runde Reuel Marc GerechtRandy Scheunemann Christopher J. GriffinDr. Gary J. Schmitt General Michael HaydenDan Senor Dr. William C. InbodenVance Serchuk Ash JainDr. Daniel Twining Dr. Kenneth D. M. JensenAmbassador Kurt Volker Ambassador Robert G. JosephDr. Kenneth R. Weinstein Dr. Frederick W. KaganLeon Wieseltier Craig KennedyRobert Zarate