The US military is reviving its strategy of rapid troop deployment to Europe, used during the Cold War, the Stars and Stripes reports.
The newspaper referred to a recent deployment of 1,500 US brigade soldiers to western Poland for military exercises, in a move that was “reminiscent of the Cold War, when no-notice mobilisations were a main feature of the military’s strategy for countering the old Soviet Union”.
The US army is now “relearning the art of snap deployments as it adapts to a new Pentagon strategy — known as Dynamic Force Employment — that calls upon the military as a whole to keep adversaries off balance with more unpredictable troop movements”, the newspaper noted.
The outlet quoted Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commanding general for the Army National Guard at US Army Europe, as saying the US military is “going to see this on a regular basis” and that it will be unpredictable for any adversary.
“That is good for our national security. This is all about deterrence and readiness”, Gronski added.
Last year, the Polish Defence Ministry stated that Warsaw was ready to pay $1.5-2 billion for the deployment of a permanent US military base to host a permanent US armoured division in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, underscored in late January that Moscow has repeatedly said that it sees NATO’s eastward expansion as “a relic of the Cold War, an ill-informed and destructive military and political strategy”.