Planning for the Future U.S. Army in Europe

by Robert Howe, Edgar Kleckley

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This Note describes an approach to structuring the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) in the middle to late 1990s as a function of the mission of that command. The study finds that as long as the Army retains forces in Europe, it will serve as the ground arm of the United States European Command (USEUCOM), as the visible symbol of U.S. involvement in, and commitment to, European security and stability, and as the counter to the potential power of the former Soviet Union (or unified successor). Meeting these functions will require a future USAREUR that is visible, capable, flexible, and expandable. Specifically, USAREUR must have a more balanced and flexible force structure than in the past, with likely missions requiring that a larger fraction of USAREUR have enhanced strategic (theater) mobility. Most important, USAREUR requires a clear and complete mission to determine the force levels it will need.

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