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Putin’s Biggest Ukraine Blunder: Energizing German Rearmament (From Forbes)

Putin’s Biggest Ukraine Blunder: Energizing German Rearmament (From Forbes)

Loren B. Thompson

March 10th, 2022

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is turning into an epic disaster–for Russia. Its economy has been severely impaired and the reputation of its military is in tatters. However, that is not the biggest problem Putin’s ill-advised move has created for Mother Russia. He has managed to open the pathway for Germany to recover its lost status as Central Europe’s dominant military power. Before February 24, it was almost unimaginable that Germany would raise its defense outlays to 2% of GDP anytime soon. Now, it is a done deal; not only that, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government is creating a $113 billion fund to cover the costs of rearmament, and Germans across the political spectrum are supportive. Considering the challenges Germany’s military machine presented to Russia in the last century, this has to be viewed as an Olympic-scale blunder on Putin’s part. In have written a commentary for Forbes here.

Loren B. Thompson is a Senior Adviser at GPI, Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit Lexington Institute and Chief Executive Officer of Source Associates, a for-profit consultancy. Prior to holding his present positions, he was Deputy Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and taught graduate-level courses in strategy, technology and media affairs at Georgetown. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Thompson holds doctoral and masters degrees in government from Georgetown University and a bachelor of science degree in political science from Northeastern