Journalist Joseph Trevithick maintained that the move was meant to send Moscow a signal.
"The Pentagon has come to see armored vehicles as an important, if often slow, show of force. That's why a team of M1 Abrams main battle tanks made the long journey to the Republic of Georgia in early May 2016," he wrote for War is Boring.
The DoD, according to Trevithick, also pursued other, unstated, goals.
"In addition to helping train the Georgians for routine tasks, the Pentagon no doubt hopes its tanks will make impressions in Moscow and in the capitals of America's European allies," Trevithick noted.
The US deployed Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M-119 light towed howitzers and several wheeled-support vehicles in addition to the tanks. The games involve 650 US troops, 500 Georgian service members and 150 soldiers from the UK.
The military drills were launched on May 11 and are scheduled to end on May 26.