AUSA Responds to Conflict in Ukraine

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AUSA Responds to Conflict in Ukraine

The Association of the U.S. Army supports America’s Army as it sends soldiers to bolster and assure our NATO allies and partners in Europe.

“At this defining moment in world history, the United States Army stands ready to defend our nation’s security and support our European allies and partners, just as it has for generations,” said retired Gen. Bob Brown, AUSA president and CEO.

Retired US Generals Discuss Ukraine Situation

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Retired US Generals Discuss Ukraine Situation

While Russia has the combat power it needs to take out Ukraine’s defenses, a potential attack by Russia is not likely going to “be like Pearl Harbor,” a former senior allied commander in Europe said.

Addressing the current standoff at the border of Russia and Ukraine, where more than 100,000 Russian troops are amassed, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who was supreme allied commander Europe from 1997–2000, said Russia can effectively launch precision strikes.

Pentagon On Ukraine: US Forces Will be Ready

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Pentagon On Ukraine: US Forces Will be Ready

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Jan. 28 called for diplomacy and peace as Russia continues to mass “tens of thousands” of troops on its border with Ukraine.

“There is no reason this situation has to devolve into conflict,” Austin said in a briefing with reporters. He added that conflict is not inevitable. “There’s still time and space for diplomacy,” he said.

Milley echoed Austin’s remarks. “Ukraine has the right to be independent. We strongly encourage Russia to stand down,” he said.

Soldiers Among 8,500 On Alert Over Russia Tensions

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Soldiers Among 8,500 On Alert Over Russia Tensions

Soldiers from units such as the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division are among the 8,500 troops who are on heightened alert over rising tensions in Europe.

Also on alert are elements of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 4th Infantry Division, as well as additional units from Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Stewart, Georgia, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said Jan. 27.

8,500 Troops Put on Alert Over Russia-Ukraine Tensions

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8,500 Troops Put on Alert Over Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Up to 8,500 U.S. troops have been put on heightened alert as tensions continue to rise in Europe over fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

If activated, the troops would support the NATO Response Force, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said Jan. 24. The alert, directed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, allows for the units to prepare to move quickly if needed, Kirby said.

2014 Ilovaisk Siege Provides Lessons on Future Warfare

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2014 Ilovaisk Siege Provides Lessons on Future Warfare

A new Landpower Essay published by the Association of the U.S. Army looks at the changing landscape of future warfare. 

Maj. Amos Fox, an armor officer who frequently writes for AUSA, uses the siege of a 16,000-population Ukrainian town to show how proxy wars and manufactured insurgencies have changed modern warfare. The 2014 battle pitted Ukrainian military and paramilitary forces against pro-Russian insurgents, leading to the Ukrainian forces being encircled by the insurgents for several days and facing heavy casualties from artillery barrages. 

ILW Paper: Russia Could Defeat U.S. Army

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ILW Paper: Russia Could Defeat U.S. Army

Russia could “physically defeat and logistically exhaust” the U.S. Army in a European war, concludes a new Institute of Land Warfare paper that examines the Battles of the Donetsk Airport in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War.