BERLIN — America will enhance its army presence in Germany by about 500 personnel to raised defend Europe, Protection Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III stated throughout a go to to the nation on Tuesday.
The assertion not solely reverses the earlier administration’s plans to withdraw up to 12,000 of the roughly 36,000 U.S. troops stationed in Germany. It additionally expands the U.S. footprint at a time when Europe is rising uneasy over Russian troop actions close to the border with Ukraine.
“These forces will strengthen deterrence and protection in Europe,” Mr. Austin stated after assembly his German counterpart, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “They’ll increase our current talents to forestall battle and, if mandatory, battle and win.”
He didn’t elaborate on the added troops’ particular mission, saying solely that the change would “create extra space, extra cyber and extra digital warfare capabilities in Europe.”
The brand new contingent might be stationed in Wiesbaden, residence to one of many U.S. army’s most fashionable installations in Germany. It’s the headquarters of the U.S. Military Europe and about 3,000 troops and their households.
The change “will enormously enhance our skill to surge forces at a second’s discover to defend our allies,” Mr. Austin stated.