U.S. to spend nearly $1 billion improving bases in Eastern Europe for contingency use

U.S. to spend nearly $1 billion improving bases in Eastern Europe for contingency use
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[Ed. – In the context of all the saber-rattling going on, this is actually a pretty measured plan.  No new bases are being built, and no forces being deployed into Eastern Europe.  Some existing national bases in the host countries are being prepared, with prepositioning (“prepo”) and uptooling, for use by U.S. forces in a contingency.  It’s an unequivocal but relatively mild signal.]

The Trump administration wants to spend $828 million in 2019 to build up military infrastructure in Europe as part of an ongoing initiative to deter Russian aggression and reinforce allies. Almost half of that construction funding would go toward U.S. Air Force projects.

The request would more than double military construction funding under the European Deterrence Initiative, or EDI, from the 2018 request — when not so long ago, the U.S. military was shrinking its Cold War-era footprint in Europe. …

[T]he Air Force would spend $368.6 million to pre-position equipment and $363.8 million for military construction. While that’s roughly on par with what was spent in fiscal 2018, it’s a huge jump from FY17, when the Air Force got only $31.2 million in pre-positioning funds and $85.4 million for military construction.

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