WASHINGTON — A group advocating a more aggressive policy in Ukraine, Europe, the Middle East and Asia has been hired by the Pentagon to develop future military alliances in the regions as the Obama administration is moving more heavy weaponry into the Baltic states.
Pentagon records show the military’s Office of Net Assessment commissioned the Center for European Policy Analysis for a study and war games called Gaming Allies: Geostrategic Change and Alliances on June 5. The office is traditionally quiet about the details of its studies; the contract announcement said CEPA will conduct “a study on shifting dynamics in U.S. alliance networks in East Asia, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.”
CEPA is led by A. Wess Mitchell, a former adviser to Republican Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and the group receives much of its funding from a foundation run by Laurence Hirsch, a Dallas investment firm owner and large donor to Republican politicians.
Articles and academic papers written by Mitchell and other CEPA scholars have called for moving defenses closer to the borders of Eastern European and Baltic nations with Russia and abandoning the policy of “strategic patience.”
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