Military Capabilities

Top US general: Russian military capabilities would challenge US forces in Europe

21 March 2019

If US forces deployed to Europe to defend NATO allies, the Russian military would pose significant challenges but it wouldn’t be a showstopper, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford.

During a 21 March appearance at the Atlantic Council, Gen Dunford fielded questions about an array of military topics including the pivot to a great power competition with China and Russia. While both countries would prefer if the US did not have a physical military footprint in their respected portions of the globe, the four-star general said Moscow’s recent investments in military capabilities would hinder the US military’s ability to move around and operate inside Europe.

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