Germany Troop Withdrawal on Hold Amid Review

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Germany Troop Withdrawal on Hold Amid Review

A plan to move almost 12,000 U.S. troops out of Germany, including the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, is on hold, President Joe Biden announced Feb. 4.

In a speech at the State Department, Biden said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be “leading a global posture review of our forces so that our military footprint is appropriately aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities.”

He added, “While this review is taking place, we’ll be stopping any planned troop withdrawals from Germany.”

U.S., NATO Need Fewer but Better Corps

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U.S., NATO Need Fewer but Better Corps

Great-power competition and multidomain operations likely will “pose a challenge” for NATO forces after years of focusing on counterinsurgency operations, according to a paper published jointly by the Association of the U.S. Army and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Western militaries have seen a reduced emphasis on preparing for large-scale warfighting and corps-level operations since the end of the Cold War, but the return of great-power competition is beginning to change that, according to the paper. 

Hodges: Germany Remains Key Transit Point for U.S.

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Hodges: Germany Remains Key Transit Point for U.S.

Germany will continue to play an important role deterring Russia and maintaining U.S. and NATO readiness even after the U.S. moves troops out of the country, says a former U.S. Army Europe commander.

RAND Suggests Army Options for Countering Russian Threat

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RAND Suggests Army Options for Countering Russian Threat

A recent RAND Corp. report focused on responding to the threat of Russian aggression warns that big steps like increasing U.S. land forces in Europe or increasing the size and frequency of exercises could increase the risk of conflict.

Paper Warns NATO Might Lack Will to Defend Baltics

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Paper Warns NATO Might Lack Will to Defend Baltics

NATO partners may lack the political will to defend Baltic nations, suggests a new and provocative paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

Written by Maj. Zachary Morris, an infantry officer studying at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the paper describes eroding support to protect Baltic allies and active efforts by Russia to weaken the alliance.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Dubious Political Will to Defend Baltic Allies

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remains the most powerful military alliance in the world—and arguably in history. However, the greatest danger to it comes from within. Questionable allied political will and cohesion threatens the survival of NATO as a credible political and defense organization. 

‘Significant Progress’ Made in European Security

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‘Significant Progress’ Made in European Security

The U.S. and NATO partners have made “significant progress” in the security of Europe but face challenges from Russian efforts to destabilize the Continent, the U.S. European Command commanding general told Congress.

Esper: Allies May Have Ideas for Next Army Combat Vehicle

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Esper: Allies May Have Ideas for Next Army Combat Vehicle

Army Secretary Mark T. Esper showed the carrot-and-stick approach to national security diplomacy during a trip to Germany.

The carrot was a suggestion from Esper that NATO-made combat vehicles should be purchased by the U.S. As the Army looks for a next-generation vehicle, the designs and capabilities of NATO vehicles and combat systems will get a look, he said. “We should look to our partners and allies for good ideas,” he said.