Unprecedented threats abound as challenges to global security from a number of sources - Russia, China, Extremists and Terrorists, Cyber Attacks and Environmental Events. And given these threats, the question emerges as to whether or not Western Allies are militarily ready to quell a major threat from an actor or the worse case scenario of a simultaneous combination of threats involving more than one enemy actors.
The experienced Generals of the Armed Forces from Brussels to Washington, DC would attest that all systems and personnel stand in readiness. But are they? Or is presumed readiness an extension of a nostalgic era? Do they have the tools and the budgetary needs required to protect the free world? If not, then no time nor considerations should be spared toward the readiness necessity.
As Russian meddling keeps Ukraine in crisis while Russian aircraft trouble air traffic in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe, as China asserts itself deeper into the waters of the South China Sea while China continues to modernize its armed forces and as the Islamic State(IS) wrecks havoc upon civilization while it continues to behead hostages, the Western Alliance must be in state of prepared readiness.
Recent wars involving the Western Alliance as stabilizing actors did not yield decisive victories. Enemies have been able to regroup and to re-evolve into more sophisticated combatants. Thus, with history serving as a lesson, the Western Alliance should be mindful that any needed future engagements must be overwhelming and decisive so as not permit an enemy to re-invent itself.
In conclusion, true preparedness and readiness by the Western Alliance, could only be achieved when systems and personnel are in place to address a possible simultaneous Russo-Sino-Extremists-Cyber-Environmental event.