NATO CONSIDERS ‘RAPID-RESPONSE’ FORCES “The new force of some 4,000 troops, capable of moving on 48 hours’ notice, will be supported with logistics and equipment pre-positioned in Eastern European countries closer to Russia, with an upgraded schedule of military exercises and deployments that are intended to make NATO’s commitment of collective defense more credible and enhance its deterrence. The agreement is planned as the substantive centerpiece of the NATO meeting, which will take place Thursday and Friday and will be attended by President Obama, who will also stop in Estonia before the summit meeting.” In response, Russia says it plans to “revise its military doctrine.” Russia’s ruble has hit the “lowest level ever” in anticipation of further sanctions. [NYT]