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    New chief of US forces in Europe promises to review force posture

    TALLINN, Apr 25, BNS - The incoming commander of the U.S. European Command, Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, has promised to undertake a review when taking up the appointment to determine whether the military contingent in Europe is adequate to ensure security.

    Asked at a hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee whether he would agree to undertake a review of the U.S. and coalition force posture in Europe to determine whether the current and planned force posture in Europe is adequate to deter Russia, Scaparrotti replied in the affirmative. If confirmed into the office, the general will take the position of Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) as well.

    According to Scaparrotti, the U.S. military presence in Europe is essential for addressing the emerging challenges to European security and U.S. interests. "We have reversed the reduction of forces that was based on the assumption that Russia was a partner in Europe free, whole and at peace," the general observed and mentioned plans to quadruple next year funding for troops stationed in Europe in the framework of the European Reassurance Initiative.

    Scaparrotti listed Russia, terrorism, migrant and refugee flows, and the collective threats to Israel as the four principal threats to U.S. and NATO security interests.

    "The common thread among them is the intent to fracture the unity of our alliance and partnerships. To paraphrase the Chairman, if we fully leveraged the political, the economic, and the military capabilities of the 28 nations in NATO together with our own, no one could threaten us. However, state and non-state actors alike seek to erode the foundation of security that supports a democratic and prosperous Europe," he said.

    Scaparrotti is to replace Gen. Philip M. Breedlove as commander of the European Command and SACEUR in spring. He currently serves as commander of United Nations Command and U.S. forces in Korea.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8852, sise@bns.ee

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 25.04.2016 19:28
    • LETA, BNS
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