US Air Force Is Building Up Bases In Russia’s Backyard

Members of the Massachusetts Air National Guard load equipment onto a C-17 that departed Barnes Air National Guard Base headed for Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, as part of a theater security package. (Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Sarah Watson-Kirwin/U.S. Air National Guard)

Defense News: Poking the bear: US Air Force builds in Russia’s backyard

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Defense Department expands its presence in Europe, the Air Force has quietly ramped up investments that would enable it to deploy to allied bases in Eastern Europe and operate close to Russia’s western flank.

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.

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WNU Editor: All that I can say is “do not poke the bear”.

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