Transcript: Philip Breedlove, former NATO supreme allied commander, on "Intelligence Matters"

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General Phil Breedlove, USAF (ret.), former NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the US European Command Commander and a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was interviewed by Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, a distinguished professor in the Nunn School and former ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in CBS News "Intelligence Matters." 

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Russia has the ability to quickly move and mass their forces, where NATO has to respond to the area. And I know you understand this better than most because of your naval background, but in the Cold War we almost took-- we fought to maintain the lines of contact with the East Coast of America and Europe.

During the post-Cold War days, we have all but stopped worrying about fighting our way across the Atlantic. In fact, we assume safe passage across the Atlantic. And that's not the case anymore. And so Russia enjoys that ability to rapidly bring forces together. And if you've ever looked at Moscow and the spider network of roads and railroads from there, you understand how quickly they can do this. And then you have to look at what NATO has to do to respond. It's a physics problem.

The interview and transcript is available on the CBS News Website. 

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Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

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