Army Mission in Europe Increases

Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:13am

Stars and Stripes reports that “no service has been affected more than the Army, which has received the bulk of increased military spending in Europe to augment its presence along Russia’s periphery in places such as the Baltics.”

“‘The Army is really attached to the Russia threat, not just as a mission, but fundamentally as an opportunity,’ said Michael Kofman, a security analyst with the Wilson Center think tank in Washington.”

“In 2017, the Pentagon will move a brigade’s worth of armored vehicles and artillery — a typical armored unit has about 90 tanks and 130 Bradley Fighting Vehicles — as the military attempts to add firepower in Europe. That will cost the Pentagon about $1.9 billion, more than half of the $3.4 billion expected to be spent next year in Europe.”