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U.S. Air Force General Says NATO Is Stepping Up Defense Investments

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has galvanized NATO and global partners, Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

“We are witnessing a generational moment, a historic demonstration of unity in will and an unprecedented effort by allies to strengthen defense while simultaneously helping those in need,” said Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO supreme commander in Europe. 

For instance, NATO ally Germany has committed to meeting the alliance’s 2% benchmark for military spending, he said. “We expect other allies will follow and redouble efforts to adequately invest in defense to generate peace — from Turkey in the southeast, to Norway, Sweden, and Finland.” 
 
Wolters said U.S. investments in military-to-military relationships, training, and readiness help to build unity, resolve, and combat-credible deterrence.
 
Years of focused investment through the European Reassurance Initiative and European Deterrence Initiative include facilities, prepositioned equipment, rotational deployments, and all-domain exercises to improve speed and agility, Wolters said.

Army Spc. Edwin Miranda and Army Sgt. Kyle Moitoza, both of Bravo Company, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, prepare an explosive as part of range detonation training, at Swietoszow Range, Poland, March 21st, 2022. (Army Sgt. Joseph Aleman)
Army Spc. Edwin Miranda and Army Sgt. Kyle Moitoza, both of Bravo Company, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, prepare an explosive as part of range detonation training, at Swietoszow Range, Poland, March 21st, 2022. (Army Sgt. Joseph Aleman)

Thanks to these initiatives, the Army was able to deploy an entire armored brigade combat team from the U.S. to Germany in just one week amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said. “That level of speed and agility is unmatched.”

Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command testified that Transcom, in concert with Eucom, is providing critical aid to Ukraine and assuring NATO allies through troop deployments and exercises.


Transcom operates an agile and resilient logistics enterprise comprised of military components, commercial partners, and industry teammates, delivering material and manpower to allies and partners around the world, she said.

The guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman moors in Gdansk, Poland, for a scheduled port visit, March 27th, 2022. (Navy Lt. j.g. Kathleen Barrios)
The guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman moors in Gdansk, Poland, for a scheduled port visit, March 27th, 2022. (Navy Lt. j.g. Kathleen Barrios)

“We project and sustain the world’s most capable military force. The speed and reliability at which we execute these missions demonstrates our nation’s resolve and serves as a deterrent to our adversaries,” Van Ovost said.

Transcom’s top readiness concern remains sealift and air refueling assets, as these platforms are approaching the end of their service life, she said.

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