U. S. to add to NATO rapid force

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

The United States will con­trib­ute spe­cial oper­a­tions forces and high- end mil­i­tary equip­ment and weapons to the new NATO rapid- re­ac­tion force be­ing as­sem­bled to pro­tect Eastern Euro­pean al­lies from Rus­sian threats and the en­tire con­ti­nent from ter­ror­ism by ex­trem­ist groups, De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter an­nounced.

At the start of his week­long trip through North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­ber states, Carter said the stepped- up ef­forts ref lect a new NATO strat­egy for deal­ing with a se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment that has changed dra­mat­i­cally since the end of the Cold War.

The U. S. con­tri­bu­tion to the force, based in Ger­many but poised to ar­rive at any hot spot within 72 hours, will in­clude in­tel­li­gence and sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties, f ighter air­craft and ship- based mis­siles, Carter said. The Pen­tagon will also pro­vide spe­cial forces com­man­dos, but the bulk of the United States’ role will not in­volve boots on the ground, he said.

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