US President Joe Biden has announced a significant strengthening of US force posture in Europe, vowing that NATO will meet every threat from Russia from the air, sea or land.
He said this as he began a two-day NATO summit in Madrid, Spain.
Speaking alongside the NATO secretary general, Biden listed new troop movements, equipment shipments and military installations meant to demonstrate the importance of security as Russia’s war in Ukraine grinds on.
“The United States and our allies are stepping up and proving that NATO is needed now more than ever, and is as important as it ever has been,” Biden said.
He said the US would establish a permanent headquarters for the Fifth Army Corps in Poland, maintain an additional rotational brigade of 3,000 troops in Romania, enhance rotational deployments to the Baltic states, send two additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons to the United Kingdom and station additional air defense and other capabilities in Germany and Italy.
“Together with our allies, we are going to make sure that NATO is ready to meet threats from all directions across every domain, land, air, and sea,” Biden said.