More than Money: The U.S. Army's Future in Europe
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Current requirements to decrease the Department of Defenses DoDs base budget, and national desires for an increase in the European communitys participation in international security have led to numerous calls for a withdrawal of United States Army forces from Europe, and the reinvestment of both money and personnel in the Continental United States. Leaving Europe all together may force Europeans to readdress current military obligations, but such disengagement is not in the best interests of the United States or its allies. Areas such as training, readiness, force projection, and international partnership are vital to the U.S. Armys presence in Europe, and critical to national and international security. More importantly, the continued presence of American troops in Europe signals a continued commitment to Europe and illustrates U.S. leadership in the world. A more efficient array of the composition and disposition of U.S. Army forces in Europe can accommodate budget reductions while maintaining an appropriate connection with our allies there. A future European footprint is vital to U.S. national security, can provide incentives for increased European defense contributions, and is worth the U.S. investment in treasure and manpower.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Forces and Organizations