The U.S. military has proposed pre-positioning heavy weaponry like tanks and Bradley fighting automobiles in three Baltic nations to facilitate the ongoing typical coaching of U.S. military forces in eastern Europe.
Neither the Pentagon nor the White House has signed off on the proposal, which would also send a message to Russia about NATO’s commitment to the region in the wake of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
“Over the last few years, the United States military has increased the prepositioning of equipment for education and workout routines with our NATO Allies and Partners,” said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
“The U.S. military continues to critique the most effective place to retailer these components in consultation with our allies,” Warren mentioned. “At this time, we have made no decision about if or when to move to this gear.”
According to a U.S. official, the proposal from U.S. European Command would spot enough tanks and other heavy infantry autos necessary to equip an Army heavy brigade combat group, which usually consists of four,000 soldiers.
The official mentioned that below the proposal the gear would be pre-positioned in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to allow a typical coaching rotation of U.S. military forces in the region.
Army units from the United States would fall into the equipment as needed to maintain the “persistent presence” of U.S. forces required for U.S. and NATO education and workouts.
If the proposal is agreed to, it would mark the first time that the United States has permanently placed such weapons in NATO countries in eastern Europe.
The U.S. and NATO have committed to continuing with regular military workout routines in the Baltic region and eastern Europe beneath the umbrella of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The workouts are developed to reassure NATO members in eastern Europe about the alliance’s commitments to the region.
Earlier this year hundreds of U.S. Army tanks and other armored fighting autos were shipped from the United States to the Baltics for 1 such workout.
Pre-positioning the heavy weaponry in the Baltic countries would eradicate the need to have to ship heavy weapons from either the United States or pre-positioned stocks in Germany.
The proposal to pre-position the military gear was initial reported by the New York Times.