With Activation of NATO Response Power, U.S. Army Able to Present Forces > U.S. Division of Protection > Protection Division News

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg immediately introduced activation of the alliance’s protection plans, which suggests additionally that it could possibly deploy the NATO Protection Power. The U.S. Protection Division now stands prepared to offer capabilities to assist fill that protection pressure, if requested to take action, stated Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby. 

“There is a historic nature to all this,” Kirby instructed reporters throughout a briefing on the Pentagon immediately. “That is the primary time that the alliance has employed these excessive readiness forces in a deterrence and protection function. So it isn’t an insignificant transfer by the alliance.” 

The activation serves as a discover to NATO nations that they could be known as upon to offer navy assist to the NATO mission, Kirby stated. This additionally means the USA could also be known as upon to offer each personnel and tools to assist the NATO mission — and that is one thing the U.S. and the division has been making ready to do for fairly a while. 

Kirby stated what sorts of help NATO might request from the USA, or different alliance nations, is unknown presently, as is what particular U.S. navy items might find yourself being assigned to what roles. 

Nonetheless, Kirby stated, the U.S. has put as many as 12,000 service members on “put together to deploy orders” so they are going to be prepared if known as upon to take part within the NATO Response Power. A few of these U.S. personnel might also be known as upon to take part in any unilateral actions the U.S. might undertake. 

“The division has positioned a spread of multi-mission items in the USA and Europe on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which will increase our readiness to offer for the U.S. contributions to the NRF on a shorter tether than what we may do earlier than,” Kirby stated. “We stand prepared if known as upon by NATO to assist the NRF within the protection of the alliance, and can completely try this.” 

Whereas President Biden has stated U.S. troops won’t enter Ukraine to take part immediately within the battle towards Russia, U.S. forces might ultimately be known as upon to take part in NATO-led missions as a part of the NATO Response Power to bolster the protection of alliance accomplice nations ought to they ask for help. 

“We’ll do every thing that we have to do to defend our nation, and because the President has stated, we’ll do what we have to do to defend each inch of NATO territory — and we take these obligations significantly,” Kirby stated. 

On the similar time, Kirby stated, the U.S. continues to offer safety help to Ukraine to assist that nation defend itself towards an illegal invasion by Russia. 

“We’re persevering with to search for methods to assist Ukraine to defend themselves,” Kirby stated. “We’ve got continued to try this and we’ll look to try this going ahead. And we’re very actively engaged in these efforts, to assist them higher defend themselves via each deadly and non-lethal help.”

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