June 15, 2020

Trump wants to slash the number of US troops in Germany, and it could be a win for Russia

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Business Insider

Journalist Ryan Pickrell

The White House plans to significantly reduce its military presence in Germany, a move expert observers argue would be a win for Russia and a loss for the NATO alliance.

"We are undermining our own soldiers, we're undermining our bilateral relations with the Germans, we're undermining our NATO allies and the NATO alliance as an institution and a force providing deterrence, and we are bolstering our adversaries," said Jim Townsend, a transatlantic security expert at the Center for New American Security.

The plan outlined in a memo signed by White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien would reduce the US troop presence in Germany by 9,500 and cap the total number of US troops in country at 25,000, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month.

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Authors

  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...