Top General Says US Will Still Need More Troops in Europe After Ukraine War Ends

The US has sent tens of thousands of troops to Europe in recent months

The head of US forces in Europe told lawmakers on Tuesday that he believes the US will need more troops on the continent even after the war in Ukraine is over.

Gen. Tod Wolters, the head of US European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that his “suspicion is we’re going to still need more” troops in Europe.

“What we need to do from a US force perspective is look at what takes place in Europe following the completion of the Ukraine-Russia scenario and examine the European contributions, and based off the breadth and depth of the European contributions, be prepared to adjust the US contributions,” he said.

Over the past few months, the US has sent tens of thousands of troops to Europe, bringing the total to over 100,000 for the first time since 2005. The US has reinforced its presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, and there are currently about 10,000 US troops in Poland, where the West is working on pouring weapons into Ukraine.

Wolters wouldn’t specify if he thinks the US needs a more permanent presence or more rotational forces in the region. “Obviously, there’s always a mix between the requirement of permanent versus rotational, and there are pluses and minuses of each one,” he said. “We’ll have to continue to examine the European contributions to make a smart decision about where to go in the future.”

NATO recently announced that it is adding four new battlegroups that will be deployed to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

The US and NATO military buildup is done in the name of deterring Russia, but one of President Vladimir Putin’s main reasons for invading Ukraine was its alignment with NATO and the Western military alliance’s presence near Russia’s borders.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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