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Eucom Head Philip Breedlove Calls for Increased Forces in Europe to Counter Russia

Philip Breedlove
Philip Breedlove

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, has called for an increased presence of U.S. troops in Europe in order to combat Russia’s militarization in the region, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Jim Garamone writes Breedlove recommended that the U.S. military change how it operates in Europe following attempts to forge ties with Russia over the past two decades.

The NATO supreme allied commander for Europe noted that the Air Force reformed its force structure, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance allocations and analytical allocations throughout that time, according to the report.

Breedlove also wants more U.S. capabilities in Europe as part of efforts to adjust the European Command’s approach to Russia, the report says.

“Now every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine that comes to European Command will be focused on redeveloping that high-end kinetic fighting capability,” he said.

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