[Defense in Brief] Pentagon will upgrade, build installations in eastern Europe with eye on Russian deterrence

The Pentagon is planning to spend more than $200 million to repair and build U.S. military facilities and installations on air bases throughout eastern Europe as part of an ongoing effort to address and deter Russian aggression. The money is contained in the FY2018 defense bill that President Trump signed recently. In addition to improving capabilities in eastern Europe, the Pentagon will also build facilities in Iceland and Norway as part of the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI). The program was implemented several months after Russia ‘annexed’ the Crimea in Ukraine. The buildup is already reminding some of the Cold War. The Air Force expects to send F-22s and F-35s, along with reconnaissance assets to hunt Russian subs. [source]

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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