I don't believe anybody is being 'smug and complacent' regarding the eFP personally. It's there for a reason and not enough to make Vlad and the trolls too excitable.Smugness and Complacency, its always been at the core of our incoherent strategy making and that was the point of the Falklands reference, as you hand the initative to the opponent by default, at a time and place of there choosing.
The initiative more often than not rests with the aggressor, he chooses the time, place and components. Unless we're talking pre-emptive defence, which we're not.
Why raise it then?This thread is not an argument over the baltics,
Which is why something like the Israeli model, if we actually had the money to do so, is a good example.....but our ground forces and in my case, the lack of reserves for home defence and this is critical if we have a heavy naval deployment to the far east, would leave us wide open to attack, or an opportunity for Putin to pick off the Baltics, when our overstretched forces are overseas.