EUCOM commander requests two more Navy destroyers, extra ground troops for Europe

Commander of the U.S. European Command Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti confers with aides on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, prior to the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In response to questioning, Scaparrotti told committee members that he was not “comfortable yet with the deterrent posture” that the Unites States and its allies have in Europe.

By JOHN VANDIVER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 5, 2019

STUTTGART, Germany — The top U.S. officer in Europe told lawmakers Tuesday he has insufficient military firepower on the Continent and wants two more Navy warships under his command along with more ground forces to counter Russia.

Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, head of U.S. European Command and NATO’s supreme allied commander, said additional forces are needed in light of Russia’s military modernization efforts that threaten to “erode” the U.S.’s military advantage.

“I am not comfortable yet with the deterrent posture that we have in Europe,” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

While he said U.S. military capabilities in Europe have grown during the past several years, Scaparrotti said he needs more rotational forces, more investment in military infrastructure, more cyber assets, a beefed up Navy presence and more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets. Read more:

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