July 22, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after he received a briefing from Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. James Anderson, and General Tod Wolters, Commander, U.S. European Command, on the concept for realigning the U.S. military posture in Europe:
“After this morning’s briefing with the Department of Defense, I believe the concept for realigning U.S. military posture in Europe, as the President has approved, is sound. The Department is doing a good job of following the guiding principles I’ve described as the ‘three Fs’— forward presence, force projection, and families. We need to maintain a strong presence in Europe to deter Russia, sustain a flexible platform for projecting power into other theaters like Africa and minimize the impact of these changes on military families who already sacrifice so much for our country. The concept follows through on the ‘lily-pad’ concept that General Jim Jones, as the Commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and I advocated for almost 17 years to put more pressure on Russia by increasing presence in the east, while adhering to the critical imperatives of the ‘three Fs’. I’m pleased that, because of President Trump’s leadership, we’re finally having an opportunity to realize this goal.
“Going forward, the Armed Services Committee will continue to exercise oversight of the Department as it develops detailed plans to implement this concept. It is clear to me that this concept will take months to plan, and years to execute. Rigorous planning and deliberate implementation of this concept is the best way to give our military families a measure of certainty and ensure they receive the care and support they deserve. It will also be critically important for the Department to continue to engage fully with our NATO allies on this concept.
“I look forward to continuing conversations with the Department of Defense to ensure the effective execution of the concept briefed today.”