As the U.S. Army prepares to send “150 tanks and armored vehicles” to NATO countries in 2015 they are weighing whether to station some of the heaviest armor in Eastern Europe.
The deployment is intended to bolster Poland and the Baltic states in the face of increasingly expansive-minded Russia.
According to The Straits Times, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, head of US Army forces in Europe, said: “Nearly 50 armored vehicles are already in place and another 100 M1 Abram tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles will be ‘pre-positioned’ in Germany and possibly elsewhere for US troops conducting drills with NATO partners.”
Hodges was speaking from Estonia. He added: “I’m [also] going to look at options that would include distributing this equipment in smaller sets, company-size or battalion-size, perhaps in the Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, places like that.” He believes this will “provide assurance to those allies that are closest to the threat.”
He said that as he travels to the various “host nations” he gets the same response over and over: “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Breitbart News previously reported the June 8 deployment of additional stealth bombers to the region as well. According to the Air Force Times, the aircraft joined three other B-2 bombers–already deployed in the region–capable of “delivering nuclear weapons.”
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