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 Pentagon aims at bolstering military presence in Europe, - The Wall Street Journal

Senior military officials of the U.S. Pentagon propose rotating more American troops to European countries.

The Wall Street Journal reports citing U.S. officials, Censor.NET reports.

Gen. Philip Breedlove, the supreme allied commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said he would like to see more brigades committed to Europe as rotational forces. Decisions on the proposal, he said, will be made "in the next couple of months."

At the conference in Simi Valley, California, senior U.S. military leaders have proposed sending more forces into Europe on a rotating basis to build up the American presence and are stepping up training exercises to counter potential Russian interference with troop transfers in the event of a crisis with Moscow.

The new steps would allow for the presence of multiple U.S. brigades in Europe at any given time, increasing that number above current limits.

Gen. Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the U.S. Army, said the Army is refining its training to ensure the U.S. military is able to face threats posed by Russian forces, learning to counter hybrid war, which blends regular and irregular forces, propaganda and unconventional tactics to sow confusion. He also said he was in favor of sending more troops to deploy-on a temporary basis-to Europe.

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Such moves, Gen. Milley said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, are critical to ensure that no new conflict erupts in Europe.

"Aggression left unanswered is likely to lead to more aggression," he said.

The generals' comments came over the weekend at the Reagan National Defense Forum here, an annual gathering of U.S. defense and national security leaders.

The proposal for more rotating forces must be formally developed by Pentagon planners and then approved by the Obama administration and funded by Congress. The military will push for the inclusion of funding in a budget request to be sent to Capitol Hill early next year, officials said.
 
 
 
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