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NATO Plans Major Boost to High-Alert Forces With Eye on Russia

  • Plan part of ‘biggest overhaul’ of defenses, Stoltenberg says
  • Allies set to preposition more equipment, boost air defense
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NATO is planning to boost the size of its high-readiness force to 300,000 -- effectively a seven-fold increase -- in what the military alliance says amounts to one of the biggest changes to its defense planning in decades. 

Leaders from the alliance’s 30 members will gather in Madrid this week, where they’ll sign off on a major overhaul of NATO’s long-term defense plans to better deter threats from Russia in the wake of its in invasion of Ukraine.