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Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse06 Nov 2018 8:57 p.m. PST


"In 1989, there were 5,000 U.S. Army tanks in Germany. Over the next 25 years, there was a gradual drawdown of American forces in Europe. By 2013, the last American armored brigade based in Germany had deactivated, leaving zero U.S. Army tanks in Europe. In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and a new iteration of an old rivalry set in. The United States responded with the European Deterrence Initiative which continuously rotates a U.S. Army armored brigade through Central and Eastern Europe under Operation Atlantic Resolve. Simultaneously, NATO responded with the Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup rotations in the Baltics and Poland.

Despite ongoing rotations, Poland's Defense Ministry recently requested an American armored division be permanently stationed on Polish soil. This controversial request has sparked intense debate in defense circles. Michael Hunzeker and Alexander Lanoszka's commentary captures the opinion of those who favor an expanded American presence in Poland. Alternatively, Michael Kofman cautioned against the Polish request and recently rebutted Hunzeker and Lanozszka. While the ongoing debate has focused on the issue of basing in Poland, it has neglected to discuss the option of basing in Germany. Based on valid concerns over a large American base in Poland, a middle-ground approach of an armored brigade based in Germany would maintain deterrence against Russia, improve NATO interoperability, and strengthen the Army's armored fleet readiness….."
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47Ronin07 Nov 2018 3:51 p.m. PST

As someone who used to play a lot of modern micro armor games back in the 1980's, how about we start with a German Armored Brigade in Germany first?

Sarcasm aside, the return of M-1s to Europe would not surprise me.

We'll see.

Chuckaroobob07 Nov 2018 5:21 p.m. PST

Is it just me, or is half the Warsaw Pact in NATO now?

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 5:47 p.m. PST

Is it just me, or is half the Warsaw Pact in NATO now?"

It's not just you Chuckaroobob.



Lion in the Stars07 Nov 2018 10:16 p.m. PST

Maybe if the Soviets had treated the WARPAC nations better, they would not have approached NATO with the intention of joining?

FatherOfAllLogic08 Nov 2018 8:06 a.m. PST

The last 70 years of bad feeling between the Russians and eastern Europe are balanced against the last 700 years of history. Nobody likes the Russians.

Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse08 Nov 2018 11:39 a.m. PST



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