US expert: the number of US military in the Baltics is not everything

The new forces do not have to mean the deployment of 100 thousand troops, but they can be more effective if they are otherwise distributed, if they get new opportunities, new weapons platforms

Source: Sgt. Daniel Cole

According to the director of the Foundation and the Institute named after the ex-president of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan Roger Zacheim, given the modern threats, forces with specific tasks are much more important.


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“The new forces do not have to mean the deployment of 100 thousand troops, but they can be more effective if they are otherwise distributed, if they get new opportunities, new weapons platforms,” a security expert based in Vilnius said in an interview with BNS.

“The garrisons in Germany obviously do not provide such opportunities for deterrence as the division headquarters in Poland or the cyber-attack forces in the Baltic states provide,” he said.

“If we look at the presence of US forces in Europe, then it is more significant than in Afghanistan or Iraq, if we talk purely about the number of troops. However, the question is not about the number, the question is what we are doing with these numbers, how we use them, ”Zacheim added.

According to him, since political attention in Washington is shifting to China and the Middle East, the United States in any case seeks to be able to continue to ensure Europe’s security from threats from Russia.

Zacheim expressed doubts about Europe’s ability to create its own [armed] forces. He also said that with the collapse of the INF Treaty, a new arms control treaty is possible only if Washington “acts from a position of strength.” [end]

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