The U.S. Army is poorly deployed to assist NATO in deterring Russian conventional aggression against the Alliance. The U.S. Army is essentially based in the Continental United States, while the likely place for conflict with Russia is on NATO’s eastern border. Recognizing this, over the past several years, the Army has been increasing its force structure in Europe. It has done so by rotating individual units, including Armored Brigade Combat Teams, into the continent. While a good first step, this may not be sufficient to deter Russia. Rather, what is required is the permanent stationing of U.S. and NATO forces, particularly heavy armored formations, in Poland. I have written more on what the Army should do in Europe here.
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