The strategy behind the Marine Corps deterrent force in Norway
...There is much more about this Marine operation above the Arctic Circle. It is a strategy to defeat the Russian hybrid warfare threat and stymie the "little green men" approach used in Ukraine.
There are two strategies intended to deter a Crimea scenario in Norway:
Firstly, the presence of armored vehicles, which would enable them to confront the little green men effectively, and would force their backers, Russia, to introduce armored vehicles into the conflict, making it clear that any attacking forces have state backing.
Secondly, the presence of US Marines, ensuring that any interference in Norwegian territory automatically involves the United States in the fight.
And this heightened threat comes at a time of unprecedented political uncertainty in Washington.