A Shrinking Army in Europe: Can the US Achieve Its Military Strategic Goals Without It?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Since the end of the Cold War, the US Army in Europe USAREUR has reduced its size from over 213,000 soldiers at its height in 1989 to less than 32,000 today. Defense spending cuts required by the Budget Control Act are forcing the Army to reduce the total number of active duty soldiers in the Army and rethink its overseas basing strategy. The Cold War is over and deactivating units in Europe seems tempting considering the high costs incurred from operating overseas. This study determines whether or not the US can accomplish its military strategic goals in Europe as outlined in the Quadrennial Defense Review without USAREURs organic brigade combat teams and support units, and instead rely on regionally aligned forces, European militaries, or other the other service components in Europe.
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