Every NATO conference lately seems to center on ideas to escalate military deployments along the border with Russia. This time they’re really going for broke, as the “spearhead” force they started last year with 4,000 troops along the Russian border could get expanded to as many as 40,000 troops.
The “spearhead” force was initially meant to forestall a Russian invasion of Europe, something which US officials were constantly predicting was imminent. A year later and with the invasion still looking extremely unlikely, officials just keep doubling down at every opportunity.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has headed to Europe this week to try to convince various European nations, notably Germany, to dramatically increase military spending so they can afford to send a bunch of excess troops to the Russian border. He will also commit US troops and equipment to the plan.
What all this US contribution will entail is unclear, but Carter has already said it will include air surveillance, airlift capabilities, and ground-based artillery forces, as well as a hefty number of ground troops. Carter is also talking up an escalation of sanctions against Russia.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- White House Assembling a Team for Upcoming North Korea Summit - March 16th, 2018
- US Shifts Toward Harsher Stance on Russia With Sanctions and Condemnation - March 16th, 2018
- Putin Furious After Britain Says He Ordered Attack - March 16th, 2018
- Cluster Bombs Reportedly Dropped on Syria's Eastern Ghouta - March 16th, 2018
- Turkey Attacks Hospital in Syria's Afrin, Killing Nine - March 16th, 2018