Trump’s Forward Deployment of U.S. Troops in Poland – ‘Pain in Russia’s Neck’

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As I have noted repeatedly, President Trump’s realignment of U.S. forces in Europe has not been a sign of lessened commitment to NATO, but the opposite a stronger commitment to countering Russia at the front lines. Redeploying U.S. forces from ‘delinquent’ Germany in the rear, to other NATO partners such as Poland, Romania, and the Baltics, on Russia’s borders is a far greater deterrent to Russian adventurism.

This new forward defense focus is best demonstrated by the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDC), signed earlier last month by Poland’s defense minister and the U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

As noted in Military.com, “the agreement significantly increases the U.S. rotational presence in Poland — from the current 4,500 troops whose deployment started in 2017, to 5,500 troops. This includes the 200-strong Poznań-based forward command post.”

To bring the point home, two weeks later, the forward-based headquarters of the U.S. Army’s reactivated V Corps was inaugurated in Poznań.

Stanisław Żaryn, the head of the National Security Department in the Chancellery of Poland’s prime minister, recently wrote about the increased U.S.-Polish defense cooperation and its effects on NATO and Russia.

Based on the level of belligerent Russian propaganda and vitriol about the increased U.S. military presence in Poland, Żaryn says it is clearly a “pain in Russia’s neck.”

Żaryn explains that:

…apart from setting the practicalities of military cooperation between Washington and Warsaw, the EDCA carries two powerful messages: one of deterrence against a potential aggressor and another of assurance to NATO. First, should Poland feel threatened, the infrastructure it undertook to prepare (some of it is already in place) will allow for an immediate deployment of additional U.S. troops to our country, bringing their total number to 20,000. Second, Poland, the biggest country on NATO’s eastern flank, has just become host to a U.S. Army outpost at a very high level of command — the highest to date in this part of Europe.

The aim of all these efforts is to significantly boost the alliance’s defense capabilities in the region, period.

Żaryn continues by detailing various Russian propaganda and smear campaigns against U.S. troops in Poland, noting thatthe Kremlin will overhype even the least important or least harmful incidents connected with the U.S. presence in Poland.” He adds:

The Kremlin will do its utmost to smoke U.S. troops out of Poland. The intensity and level of aggression of Russian propaganda demonstrates that keeping the eastern flank strong is a necessity for all of NATO. The American presence on Polish soil plays a key role in safeguarding the West against the Kremlin’s hostilities.

Trump’s “Shifting NATO’s strategic area of defense in the East toward the territory of Poland undermines Russia’s operational possibilities in Europe and makes Central and Eastern Europe less vulnerable to the Kremlin’s influence,” explains Żaryn, adding: “So, the presence of Americans in Poland is a pain in Russia’s neck.”


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Roy
Roy
7 months ago

America and the world could not be fortunate than to have Donald J. Trump as president. The Swamp needs to go. Deep State and Media and crooked, cowardly politicians need to go. Most of all, Harris/Biden and the current Democrat party needs to be decimated.
Jesus tried to fight corrupt power and HE was crucified. Current power structure wants the same to happen to president Trump and his supporters.
COVID and Global aren’t an existential threat but the Democrat party is!

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago

Trump is the best by far President that we have had in recent History. He needs to continue through 2020 through 2024. After all he won the election which the News Media and Big tech along with the Scum-o-crats have tried to steal. It also showed us just how sorry our Judges really are. They looked for excuses to keep from doing their job. Bought out by the Billionaires who have great investments in China. All against Trump have a China Connection.

Greasemaker
Greasemaker
7 months ago
Reply to  Floyd Hardee

China is the one we should be worrying about!!

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