Tuesday 9 June 2020


The potential move to reduce US troop presence stationed in Germany by ten thousand by September is rooted in pettiness and really speaks to how far the relationship of the NATO alliance has degraded, especially in comparison to the last draw-down (of comparable reduction-in-force and rebasing which saw the closure of Heidelberg and several other posts but was done with coordination and planning that took nearly a decade to execute.   Reducing their footprint to a toehold is one thing and is a slight to an ally and does not foster a sense of partnership, and perhaps most significantly, the plan includes a cap that limits the number of servicemembers to twenty-five thousand and would severely curtail future large-scale exercises.