Army to position more armored vehicles in Europe, speed upgrades to equipment at home

Mar 09, 2018 | ---

Four years after the Army rolled its last tanks out of Europe, the service has sent back a brigade’s worth of equipment to have on stand-by and plans to add a second set this year.

The Army’s budget plans support not only that build-up in Europe, but also modernizing those armored brigade combat teams and the ones at home, Lt. Gen. John Murray, the deputy chief of staff for program development, said Tuesday.

“Our plan now is to fill out not one, but two BCTs in what we call pre-positioned stock in Europe, with the most modern tanks, Bradleys, [armored multi-purpose vehicles], [joint light tactical vehicles],” he said.

The vehicles, housed in Belgium and the Netherlands, are in addition to the brigade’s worth of equipment and personnel that are continually in Europe, as part of a heel-to-toe rotation that began in 2016.

“It’s this realization that we’re back to an era of nation-state potential conflict,” Murray said.

If tension with Russia comes to a head, the Army will be able to send two brigades of personnel to link up with the pre-positioned stocks, quickly putting the equivalent of an armored division on the ground.

 

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