General (retd.) Phil Breedlove, distinguished professor and CETS Senior Fellow in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was interviewed in “Ex-US NATO Commander Breedlove: ‘We Need More Force in Europe, Not Less’” by Deutsche Welle. The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs is part of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
I have testified consistently that we need more force in Europe, not less. I remain convinced that in order to meet the speed that our opponent can bring to his troop movement we need to be able to react at that speed. And that speed requires forward forces. In some cases we may not be able to move the troops forward, but we need to enable speed of reaction and in some cases that might be by prepositioning materials forward to allow forces to rapidly fall in on them. But I am not a proponent of further reducing any of the troop sizes in Europe. Rather I am a proponent of increasing our ability to rapidly respond and part of that rapid response requires forward troops.
For the interviwe, visit Deutsche Welle website.