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    EUCOM head: US Needs More Armored Forces in Europe to Deter Russia

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    US European Command head Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti claims that the United States needs more armored forces in Europe.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US European Command head Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said on Tuesday that the United States needs more armored forces in Europe to ensure Russia’s deterrence.

    "Russia’s posture is not a light force, it is a heavy force," Scaparrotti stated in a Senate hearing. "In order to have the posture that is both credible and of the right composition, we need more armored forces."

    The commander noted that at present he has one rotational brigade. The size of the force needs to increase over time, he continued.

    Scaparrotti added Washington needs to consider sending more "enablers" in Europe, including engineers and aviation brigades.

    In March, Scaparrotti said that the United States seeks to deter Russia, not engage in conflict with the country. The commander argued the United States needed to demonstrate strength to gain Russia's respect.


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