NATO plans to boost special defense forces to 40,000. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that the Spearhead Force deployed in Eastern Europe will be extended to 40,000 troops. This is while last week NATO was implementing “the biggest reinforcement” of defense since Cold War times, said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that the alliance is facing challenges from “the behavior of a more assertive” Russia. Despite the comment, Stoltenberg stated that NATO “does not seek “confrontation” with Moscow. “We continue to strive for a more cooperative and constructive relationship with Russia. And we don't seek a new arms race.”