July 6, 2015 | Quoted by Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times
U.S. to Provide Troops, Weapons to NATO for Russian Threats
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday committed U.S. troops and military hardware to NATO’s very high readiness task force, a move designed to both reassure allies and deter Russia from further aggression or land grabs.
The commitment to NATO, announced after a meeting with defense ministers from Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, would not include large ground forces, but could include intelligence and surveillance capabilities, special operators, logistics, transport aircraft and weapons.
The announcement is an “important first step,” but that answers about troop levels and which assets will be available will signal how significant the U.S. commitment is, said Boris Zilberman, deputy director of congressional relations at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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