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U.S. To Carry Out Biggest Deployment to Europe Since Cold War, Defender-Europe 2020 Nears

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U.S. To Carry Out Biggest Deployment to Europe Since Cold War, Defender-Europe 2020 Nears

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The US is carrying out its biggest deployment to Europe since the Cold War-era.

In his remarks at the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Sub-Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that US-EU security cooperation was at a high.

And he said that despite some difference between the US and EU, cooperation was at an increase in recent years.

“And the paradox is that we have differences, but at the same time, North America and Europe are doing more together than we have done for many years. Because, for instance, I read sometimes that the US is leaving Europe. The US is not leaving Europe. The United States is actually increasing their military presence in Europe.

It’s correct that after the end of the Cold War, the United States gradually, for good reasons, reduced its military presence in Europe. That’s correct. But over the last years, the United States has not decreased but increased its military presence in Europe, with more troops, more investment in infrastructure, more prepositioned equipment.

And now in a few weeks, we will have the big exercise, Europe Defender 2020.

And in that exercise, the United States will deploy 20,000 troops directly from the United States to Europe, in the biggest deployment of US forces since the end of the Cold War.

So again, you can like it or dislike it, or you can be in favour or whatever, but it’s not . . . it’s factually wrong to say that the United States is leaving Europe. There are more US troops now in Europe than have been for many years. So the US is not decreasing, they are increasing.”

In turn, the EU allies are increasing their readiness, and are establishing new battle groups in the Eastern part of the alliance, in the Baltics and Poland. Furthermore, all NATO members are increasing defense spending in recent years.

“And also, after years of reducing defence spending – all NATO Allies cut defence spending after the Cold War –  but now, actually, all Allies, including all European Allies, have started to increase defence spending. I’m not saying that they invest as much as they should. But I’m saying that it’s a big difference from reducing, compared to increasing.

And the fact is that all Allies, all the European Allies, Canada, are now investing more in defence. Just over . . . just since 2016, European Allies and Canada have added 130 billion, 130 billion US dollars more for defence.”

And this investment is to address various challenges, but notably are three of them:

  1. Fighting against ISIS and terrorism as a whole;
  2. A group response to Russia:

“The second item is . . . or challenge we also need to address together is Russia. We have, as you know, in NATO developed what we called a dual-track approach to Russia: deterrence, defence and dialogue. And there is no contradiction between deterrence, defence and dialogue.”

Stoltenberg said that despite the INF Treaty falling apart and the New START moving towards the same end, Russia was generally to blame, but it was an issue between Moscow and Washington. Regardless, NATO would address “Russia’s increasingly assertive actions.”

“For instance, the demise of the INF Treaty, the treaty that banned all intermediate range missiles in Europe, it’s a US-Russia agreement. And NATO was a platform to address that. The New START, of course, is a bilateral arrangement between Russia and the United States, but has a lot to say for European security. So I believe in arms control. But to have meaningful arms control, we need also to have, also, the United States around the table, to also address arms control with Russia.”

  1. New technology, big data, and so on, and predominantly focused on China’s advent.

“So the third challenge I will briefly mention is new and emerging challenges. Technology, artificial intelligence, autonomous weapon platforms, big data. All these emerging technologies will change the nature of warfare as much as the industrial revolution. And we need all the ingenuity, all the capacity of both North America and Europe together to be at the forefront of that development to keep our technological edge. And this is also linked to the rise of China.”

The usual rhetoric is present, with Russia’s actions being described as isolated incidents, of a continuous trend of aggression, all the while any US and/or NATO actions are described as an answer to them. Despite the fact that it was the US that deployed Aegis Ashore in Europe that could easily launch nuclear-capable Tomahawk missiles, and which it has already done so in missile tests in the US.

“And we see a more assertive Russia, violating the INF Treaty, deploying new nuclear-capable missiles in Europe. And, therefore, we just have to make sure that there is no misunderstanding, no room for miscalculation, that NATO is not able to provide deterrence and defence to protect all NATO Allies. As long as that is absolutely clear, there will be no war. If there is any uncertainty about that, there is a risk for conflict.”

Exercise Defender-Europe 2020 is nearing its beginning, The the following will take part in the military drills:

  • 20,000 U.S. service members from the continental U.S. deploying to Europe
  • 13,000 pieces of equipment drawn from the Army Prepositioned Stock
  • 9,000 U.S. service members based in Europe participating 
  • 7,000 Army National Guard Soldiers from 12 states participating:
  • 4,000 km traveled across 12 convoy routes
  • 750 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers participating
  • There will be 6 linked U.S. exercises:
  1. Allied Spirit XI;
  2. Dynamic Front;
  3. Joint Warfighting Assessment;
  4. Saber Strike;
  5. Swift Response;
  6. Trojan Footprint
  • There will be 4 Army Preposition Stock draw sites in Belgium, Germany and Netherlands.
U.S. To Carry Out Biggest Deployment to Europe Since Cold War, Defender-Europe 2020 Nears

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As per the US Military in Europe Website:

“Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas. U.S.-based equipment will leave from ports in four states and arrive in six European countries. This will require the support of tens of thousands of service members and civilians in multiple nations.

U.S. service members will then spread out across the region to establish intermediate staging bases with multinational forces and participate in various annual exercises. These U.S. and European exercises are regularly conducted and not part of DEFENDER-Europe 20, but rather “linked” through a shared exercise scenario, coordinated mission command, mutual sustainment and common communication environment.”

It essentially plays out the possibility of a wide-scale war, clearly with Russia.

Defender-Europe 20 will conclude with the redeployment of U.S.-based forces and equipment. U.S. Service members will clear the training areas, return prepositioned stocks, move to ports and return to home stations –fulfilling the U.S. military’s commitment to the NATO agreements.

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  • Charles Homer

    Here is an article that looks at a recent accidental public release of the locations of the American nuclear weapons in Europe:

    https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/07/american-nuclear-weapons-in-europe.html

    Given that, during the Second World War, Russia lost approximately 9.75 million military personnel and 13.2 million civilians compared to the United States losses of 416,800 military personnel and 1700 civilians, is it any wonder that the Russians fear the presence of American nuclear weapons in Europe?

    • Z.P.

      And they have lost also 3 million (POV) soldiers in concentration camps because of starvation and diseases. They were treated much more harshly than US & UK prisoners of war.

      • Selbstdenker

        Because USSR did not ratify the Geneva convention?

        • Z.P.

          I will return your question with the question:
          Did Germany ratify the Geneva convention?
          I think they did.
          But that didn’t save them against US terrorism where they had German POV’s out in the open concentration camps where huge number of German soldiers have died out of cold and disease AFTER THE WAR !
          And that is 100% pure war crime by the same “Geneva convention”.
          So what the hell was that”revenge” for when US have lost relatively small number of soldiers in Europe?
          And they were WELL treated when they were prisoners of war.
          Russian’s on the other hand were treated that way because they were considered to be “Untermensch”.

          • Selbstdenker

            The untermensch thing is not what happened. My grandfathers faught at the east front. They were telling that prisoners of war were treated good, as any german soldier was afraid of the perspective to go to soviet POW camps with a bad reputition of trating POW badly. There ere times when no food was available for German soldiers nor POW. Then POW were searched for their reserves in sun flower seeds which they alsways had in their pockets.
            But telling the untermensch story over and over again does not make it be true. It just helps to paint a picture of cruelty which was not on that level. Never forget that a wars first victim is the truth!

          • Z.P.

            OK that is your version if historic truth.
            And what I have told, is what I have learned from some historic books.
            Are you maybe saying that “untermensch ” was not part of NAZI ideology or that it was not simply applied in every day life?
            Many times I have seen the comments that UK & US were treated much better than Russians.

  • Mehmet Aslanak

    EU should stop US provocations over Russia. Germany needs Northstream & in general EU needs Russian gas lines. US is deploying troops just to undermine safety of those gas lines in expense of peace in Europe.

  • St. Augustine

    Attacker-Europe 2020

  • <>

    Goodjob U.S and NATO, Russia clearly violates other states sovereignty.

    • Z.P.

      Shut up Jew pig !

    • Selbstdenker

      Frankly, a human with a normal IQ, even a bit above room temperature, would not write such BS. Propaganda is your thing. US is the one, who always violates otrher countries sovereigbity.

      • <>

        Really? what about Ukraine and Georgia? I don’t recall anyone asked Russia to come.

    • Concrete Mike

      Bwahahahaaaa your funny, coming from the state that stovepipes usa.

      How many times do i have to tell you, militarism will get you nowhere.

      For the record.im canadian, and my government’s policy is licking arse to israel and im allowed to not like it!

      In fact i hate it, what you guys do daily is criminal and needs to stop before you get us all.killed.

      You stupid fucks!

      • FlorianGeyer

        I concur 100% ,Mike.

        This US/NATO chest thumping exercise is a complete waste of cash that should be used to improve living conditions instead.

  • Peter Jennings

    I’m sure american’s are just thrilled to hear that billions of their public purse is being spent in the EU. All this after such a fuss from the Trumpster for europeans to pay more for their enslavement/US ‘security’.

    It’s not like american’s needed all those shopping malls anyway. Most US citizens seem to drive 4×4’s, so bad roads and bridges needn’t be too concerned over either.

    There is no problem with Russia and most people know this. Any problems lie within the heads of Mr Stoltenberg and the brainwashed necon garglers he works for/with. Mr Stoltenberg and the whole rotten bunch should be forced from office before their paranoia kills us all. They at least need a shrink to bring them out of attack mode.

  • Rhodium 10

    US troops deployed in Europa aimed to control Europe instead of deter Russia….

  • You can call me Al

    I hate the US, hate them with a vengeance. Fuck out of Europe you Yank scum.

  • Christian S

    Aye sounds more pratice for invasion

  • “Defender Europe”, same sick moronic crap as Operation Iraqi Freedom. These USNATO degenerates have no shame (nor brain).