06 Dec '17, 6am

NATO, EU agree mobilizing troops faster is a priority

NATO, EU agree mobilizing troops faster is a priority

The U.S.-led NATO alliance and European Union endorsed a plan Tuesday to make military mobility across Europe a top priority, but terms on how to ensure convoys of American troops can quickly cross national borders still need to be worked out, officials said. “That’s partly about addressing some of the legal hurdles,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said following talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels with top alliance and EU diplomats. U.S. military leaders have emphasized the need to ease customs regulations and bolster infrastructure along NATO’s eastern flank to ensure tank convoys and military hardware can maneuver with speed in a crisis. As the United States has beefed up operations in countries such as Poland and the Baltic states, soldiers have taken part in numerous convoys stretching up and down the length of NATO’s eastern boundaries. Often, it has resu...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/nato-eu-agree-mobilizing-tro...

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