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SACEUR Signals Need for More Troops
Alex Horton, Military.com, May 3 2017

The EUCOM chief told High Nazi Congress critturs in Faschingstein Tuesday that he envisions the need for an additional combat brigade and support troops in his theater of operations. Army Gen Scaparrotti told a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing that the success of the European Reassurance Initiative rests on long-term investment and commitments, including ramped-up numbers of Pindo grunts, equipment and facilities to house and store them. Only two combat brigades are permanently positioned in Europe: the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the 173rd Airborne in Italy, roughly one-sixth of 60,000 Pindo grunts stationed on the continent. There is also a rotational armored brigade of 4,000 soldiers deployed in Europe with an additional 1,750 from an aviation brigade, but Scaparrotti said more forces are needed, including increased armor and infantry. The general emphasized his own need for additional engineers, aviation and fire support personnel, saying:

Russia’s posture is not a light force. It’s a heavy force.

However, it was unclear whether the additional unit described by Scaparrotti would be stationed permanently in Europe. A EUCOM spox could not be reached for comment Tuesday. During Scaparrotti’s confirmation hearing in Apr 2016, he said he favored a permanent armored brigade in Europe, and he told the Senate in March that he might need forces that range from combat air squadrons to carrier strike groups in the region. The European Reassurance Initiative, a multibillion dollar Pentagon plan to perpetuate the military occupation of the continent, has seen the training deployment of USAF F-35As in recent weeks, coupled with ongoing training operations between the Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and NATO countries. The 3rd Brigade, based at Fort Carson in Colorado, is the first rotational armor unit in Europe, with battalions fanned out across the region. The 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley in Kansas, will relieve that unit in the fall, the Army announced last week.

At the hearing, Scaparrotti emphasized the need for “stable, predictable” funding in multiyear commitments to match the long-term strategy in the region. The initiative is now funded year to year, with $3.4b allotted in FY 2017. Long-term budget proposals are used to position troops and boost modernization of equipment and facilities, but they are also closely watched by NATO vassals and by Russia, as signals of commitment by Faschingstein to keep a fully-equipped occupying army in the region. Funding is vital to a litany of construction and equipment deployment and storage, including $220m received for the Army to position tanks and artillery in Poland, along with enhancing submarine warfare capabilities in the Arctic region. Scaparrotti said increased funding would also help modernize decades-old hospital facilities in Landstuhl, Germany, which are used as waypoints for grunts going home to fester & die neglected and starved in human warehouses after combat in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Improving the facilities is the highest priority project, followed by the consolidation of intelligence operations from EUCOM, NATO and the EU at a base in southern England, which will allow the command to shutter other sites and save $74m/yr. Scaparrotti also echoed Pres Trump’s calls for NATO vassals to invest in some capabilities, particularly resources needed to move troops and equipment to the battlefield such as rail and fuel-storage facilities, which have declined since the Cold War ended more than 25 years ago, saying:

We need to be able to move with some agility.

High Nazi Congress critturs acknowledged concerns over the Trump administration’s vacancies at the State Dept, including (Toria Nuland’s old job) asst sec state for European and Eurasian affairs. The blunting of diplomatic power is a concern for Scaparrotti, and voicing support for a stronger political strategy in the region, he said:

We always want diplomacy to take the lead.

Diplomacy is also vital because EUCOM is ‘reconsidering’ agreements to close existing sites. Nearly 60 sites have been returned to host nations since 2013, with 15 remaining, Scaparrotti said. The Army has identified at least two sites worth retaining, he said, now that the strategic environment has changed since those agreements were made, and the Army might need additional facilities to house troops and equipment. Scaparrotti said:

Five or six years ago, we weren’t concerned about being ready today. That has changed.

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