06 Jun '18, 4pm

Allies plan for more combat troops, ships and planes in Europe via @starsandstripes

Allies plan for more combat troops, ships and planes in Europe via @starsandstripes

NATO will attempt to boost its combat readiness through a new “four thirties” initiative, which calls for having 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat ships that can deploy within 30 days, the alliance’s top official said Wednesday. NATO defense ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are expected to agree to the program when they convene in Brussels on Thursday for two days of talks on the state of the alliance. “It is about boosting the readiness of existing forces,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference at his Brussels headquarters. The readiness initiative means that by 2020, allies must be able to deploy the various units within 30 days. The effort is the latest push to transform NATO into a more nimble military alliance that can respond to threats on shorter notice. Also Wednesday, NATO announced the ...

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