US needs more troops and equipment to adequately defend Europe from a Russian invasion
The commander of U.S military forces in Europe told lawmakers Tuesday that he needs a larger combat force, including an armored division and increased naval power, to deter Russian military forces on the continent.I have long felt that the troops Obama approved for deployment were inadequate for the task of defending and defeating a military invasion from Russia. But Obama's inadequate support for military readiness has made putting the needed troops in place more difficult. Then there is also the inadequate defense spending by the Europeans that has also made them vulnerable to such an attack.
"We need a greater force there, I think, potentially in the land component," said Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command, testifying before the House Armed Service Committee.
The general said he needs the "enablers of an armored division -- a fires brigade, an engineer brigade, air defense -- those kinds of systems in the numbers that I need there."
Currently, the Army has one armored brigade combat team on a continuous rotation to Europe to bolster the Stryker and airborne infantry brigades stationed there permanently.
"I am suggesting an additional division because ... I need armored and mechanized brigades," Scaparrotti said.
"The reason a division is so important is at that level you can then have the command and control, communications capability to integrate the different domains in the way we fight. And that division brings the enablers like appropriate artillery, engineers, air defense, etc. that fill out a proper defense."
Scaparrotti said he could also use an "additional naval component on rotation through Europe to deter specifically with respect to anti-submarine warfare," an area Russia continues to modernize.
"It would be wonderful to have a carrier support group with amphibious forces, more than I have now," he said.