US offers Warsaw permanent military presence
Washington has proposed Warsaw a deal providing for a permanent presence of US armed forces in Poland, Friday's Rzeczpospolita daily reported.
The paper claims the offer was made on Wednesday by US Deputy Defence Secretary John Rood during his visit to Warsaw.
Rzeczpospolita reported that on the same day, Deputy Head of Defence Kathryn Wheelbager said Washington had presented Poland with what it considered a very serious, solid offer and that this week the two sides would work together to finalise the details.
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"According to our information, the Americans want to increase their contingent in Poland by at least 1,000 soldiers but maybe much more. Today the average is 4,500 troops," Rzeczpospolita wrote.
The paper went on to state that what was more important was the entirely different nature of the Pentagon's mission in Poland. Half of the units would be permanently stationed, but not within the framework of constant rotation, as is currently the case.
This concerns primarily the command, intelligence, security of equipment and ammunition staff but also air crews for example. At the same time, the rotation of other forces, such as the infantry brigade exercising in Żagań, would be planned many years in advance rather than year by year.
A base of a more permanent nature is needed in view of the nature of the relations the US has built with Poland and the missions the US forces in Poland have, Rzeczpospolita cites Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations General Curtis M. Scaparrotti as saying during the hearing in Congress.