NATO and Russian Military Exercises
A couple of months ago, this article by the Atlantic Council highlighted the NATO-Russian exercise gap, comparing some statistics for significant military exercises performed in recent years. With this fact sheet compiled by the Atlantic Council as a basis, we gathered all relevant statistics we could find for a total of 30+ major military exercises since 2013 (meaning they involved at least thousands of personnel).
This is an ongoing project collecting available information about major military exercises. If you have spotted news about NATO or Russian military exercises that are not included in this database, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major military exercises by Russia and NATO (members)
Showing military personnel involved in major NATO and Russian exercises by location. Some exercises were performed on multiple locations and the corresponding bubbles refer to the same number of military personnel.
Personnel involved by military exercise
Sorted by start date of military exercise.
Russia personnel involved by month
NATO personnel involved by month
Some indicators compared
An interesting and relevant indicator is the scheduling of the military exercise. All NATO and NATO-member exercises were scheduled and publicly announced in advance. In contrast, 70% of Russia's exercises were surprise exercises, sprung upon the outside world and Russia's generals alike by the Kremlin.