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NATO Secretary General Welcomes
US Announcement To Strengthen
Military Presence In Europe

(2 February 2016) Today, Secretary of Defence Ash Carter announced that the US plans to increase significantly its military presence in Europe.

I strongly welcome this proposal.

The budget request will, if approved, lead to a quadrupling of funding to 3.4 billion US dollars in 2017 for the US force posture in Europe.

This will fund more rotational US forces, more training and exercises. More prepositioning, war fighting gear and infrastructure.

This is a clear sign of the enduring commitment by the United States to European security.

It will be a timely and significant contribution to NATO’s deterrence, and collective defense.

NATO Press Release