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Undercutting the Strategy: US Troop Withdrawals from Germany and Europe

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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Naval War College

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On 15 June 2020, former President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Europe. Part of this plan, as announced by administration officials, called for the full withdrawal of the Armys 2nd Cavalry Regiment from the European theater. In February of 2021, Secretary of Defense Austins Pentagon halted President Trumps plan and called for a review of the troop withdrawal plan. In support of the SECDEFs holistic review of the global force posture, this paper considers some of the costs, monetary and otherwise, for pursuing the plans announced by the Trump Administration. Ultimately, this paper recommends that not only should 2CR remain within the European theater but that it should also be converted back into an armored formation to enhance US and NATO allied deterrence of Russian aggression.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]