Military Pacts: Nato Goes on a Diet

Faced with a diminished Soviet threat, the alliance tries to slim down, improve its reflexes -- and reduce U.S. dominance

What does St. George do if the dragon runs away? Something like that question confronts the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Since its founding 42 years ago, NATO has built a mighty military machine to deter a massive Soviet-led invasion of Western Europe. But the dragon that breathed genuine fire for so many years is slinking back into its cave. As many as a million troops that were once available -- at least on paper -- to mount a communist blitzkrieg are melting away. The dissolution of the Warsaw Pact two months ago removed some 500,000 soldiers of Moscow's former allies in...

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