US increases military presence in Eastern Europe

John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, discusses the Biden administration’s announcement of a stronger military presence in Eastern Europe.
6:56 | 06/29/22

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WELL WE'RE LEARNING ABOUT THE CONDITIONS INSIDE THE TRACTOR TRAILER. WE BEGIN WITH PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCING A STRONGER MILITARY PRESENCE IN EUROPE EXTENDING TRIPPED APPOINTMENTS THERE AND SENDING MORE MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE. THE PRESIDENT IS IN MADRID FOR THE NATO LEADER SUMMIT AND HAS SAID RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE QUOTE SHATTERED PEACE IN EUROPE IN EVERY NORM SINCE WORLD WAR II. I WANT TO BRING A NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCILS COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS JOHN KIRBY. FOR MORE ON THIS. JOHN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. EXACTLY HOW MANY MORE U.S. TROOPS WILL BE ADDED TO THE 100,000 ALREADY IN EUROPE AND HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THIS STRENGTH AND MILITARY PRESENCE? >> AND THIS CHANGE THAT THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED TODAY REALLY SOLIDIFIES AND MAKES IN SOME CASES PERMANENT SOME OF THE INCREASES THAT WE'VE ALREADY HAD. SO YOU'RE RIGHT BEFORE THE INVASION WE WERE AT 80,000 THROUGH SOME TEMPORARY SEARCH DEPLOYMENT WE GOT TO ABOUT 100. BUT WITH THE PRESIDENTS ANNOUNCING TODAY WILL KEEP US FOR THE SPHERE -- AT ABOUT 100,000 TROOPS BOTH ON PERMANENT AND ROTATIONAL ORDERS. KEY TO THIS IS SOME PERMANENT CHANGES LIKE TWO EXTRA DESTROYERS NOW WILL BE BASED AT A STAIN. TWO FRT FIVE SQUADRONS ADVANCED FIGHTERS ARE GONNA BE BASE IN THE UK. AND NOW A COMMAND POSTS OF A HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT GROUND HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT PERMANENTLY BASED IN POLAND. THAT'S A MAJOR MUSCLE MOVEMENT. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE JUST HAVEN'T DONE AT ALL IN RECENT YEARS. SO THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT FORCE POSTURE CHANGES. THEY ALSO COME WITH WHAT WE CALL HEEL TO TOE ROTATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS. SO FOR INSTANCE, IN ARMENIA NOW WILL MAINTAIN HEEL TO TOE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM GROUND BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM DEPLOYMENTS IN AND OUT OF ROMANIA AS WELL AS SOME ADDITIONAL ROTATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS IN THE BALTICS. SO TAKEN ALL IN SOME, IT'S A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO OUR FORCE POSTURE IN EUROPE AND AGAIN FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. ONE WAS 80,000 NOW WILL STAY AT ABOUT 100,000. >> AND WHAT'S THE ROLE OF THESE TROOPS? >> AGAIN IT COVERS THE WHOLE REALM OF MILITARY CAPABILITIES. THAT'S WHAT'S SO SIGNIFICANT ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED. IT'S NOT JUST AIR, IT, IT'S NOT JUST GROUND, IT'S ALSO SEE MARITIME. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MEET OUR ARTICLE FIVE COMMITMENT TO NATO. THAT IS AN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL. AND THAT MEANS WE'VE GOT TO BE READY TO DEFEND NATO'S EASTERN FLANK ACROSS ALL DIFFERENT WARFARE CAPABILITIES. SO IT'S GROUND ITS AIR IT SEE ITS CYBER ITS SPACE AND THAT'S WHERE WE'RE COMMITTED TO. >> HOW REAL IS THE CONCERN THAT THIS COULD COME TO THAT? >> WE HOPE IT NEVER DOES COME TO THAT BUT MR. PUTIN HAS INVADED NOW A SOVEREIGN STATE IN A COMPLETELY UNPROVOKED FASHION. AND HE HAS SHATTERED AS PERSON BIDEN HAS SAID, SHATTERED THE SECURITY ENVIRONMENT THAT EXISTED IN EUROPE SO NOW WE RECOGNIZE, THAT SECURITY ENVIRONMENT IS PERMANENTLY NOW CHANGED. IT'S NOT CHANGING, IT'S NOT THAT IT WILL CHANGE. IT HAS CHANGED. AND SO WE HAVE TO TAKE THE THREAT THAT MR. PUTIN AND HIS MILITARY POSES TO THE NATO ALLIANCE SERIOUSLY. WE'RE NOT SEEING ANY IMMINENT FRONT OR ANY IMMINENT INDICATION THAT HE INTENDS TO ATTACK NATO TERRITORY. OR WATCHING THIS VERY VERY CLOSELY. BUT WE'VE GOT TO BE READY. OUR ALLIES ARE DEPENDING ON US AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN ANSWER THAT CALL. >> SHE SEVEN LEADERS ISSUED A STATEMENT CALLING THE AIRSTRIKE ON A SHOPPING MALL IN UKRAINE A WAR CRIME. AND SAYING THOSE RESPONSIBLE WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, WHY HAVEN'T WE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE PRESIDENT ABOUT THIS? >> WE HAVE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM PRESIDENT BIDEN ABOUT THE WAR CRIMES THAT THE RUSSIAN FORCES HAVE BEEN COMMITTING IN UKRAINE. FOR THESE MANY MONTHS. AND THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO WORK HARD WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES. YOU SAW MERRICK GARLAND WAS JUST OVER IN UKRAINE NOT LONG AGO. HELPING WORK WITH AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THESE WAR CRIMES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE UNITED STATES IS PARTICIPATING IN PROVIDING EVIDENCE TO THESE INTERNATIONAL BODIES. SO THAT MR. PUTIN AND RUSSIA CAN BE PROPERLY HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THE RIGHT TIME. >> JOHN JUST LAST WEEK THE BIDEN MINISTRATION AUTHORIZED 400 AND $50 MILLION IN MILITARY AID PACKAGES FOR UKRAINE. ALONG WITH THE U.S. FINALIZING A PURCHASE FOR AN ADVANCED MISSILE SYSTEM FOR UKRAINE'S DEFENSE. WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK THAT COULD HAVE ON THE WAR? >> WELL, WE'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE AID TO UKRAINE THAT IS RELEVANT TO THE FIGHT THAT THEY'RE IN. AND RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE IN THIS BATTLE FOR THE DONBAS WHICH HAS BEEN HEAVILY RELIANT ON WHAT WE CALL LONG RANGE FIRES. ARTILLERY, ARTILLERY AND ROCKET SYSTEMS THAT CAN GIVE THE UKRAINIANS SOME DISTANCE FROM THE RUSSIAN FORCES THAT THEY'RE FACING. THAT GIVES THEM NOT JUST DISTANCE IT GIVES THEM TIME. TIME TO REACT, TIME TO BETTER DEFEND. AND SO THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SOME PEACE ADVANCE ROCKETS ASSUMES IN. AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS FROM OTHER ALLIES AND PARTNERS TO PROVIDE UKRAINE THE KINDS OF CAPABILITIES THEY NEED IN THIS PARTICULAR FIGHT. BUT WE WANT TO METER THIS OUT AS APPROPRIATE TO THE FIGHT THAT THEY'RE IN. BECAUSE WAR CHANGES WAR EVOLVES. THREE MONTHS AGO EVERYBODY WAS TALKING ABOUT JAVELIN ANTI TANK MISSILES AND STINGER SURFACE TO AIR SHORTER FILE MISSILES BECAUSE THAT WAS THE NEED THAT WAS THE THREAT THAT THE UKRAINIANS WERE FACING. FROM TANKS AND FROM AIRCRAFT. THAT'S A DIFFERENT FIGHT NOW. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE STAYING RELEVANT TO THE FIGHT. >> AND TURKEY HAS NOW SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT FINLAND AND SWEDEN'S BIDS TO BECOME MEMBERS OF NATO. WHAT MADE TURKEY SIGN ON NOW AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE ALLIANCE? >> THE PRESIDENT -- WERE OBVIOUSLY GRATEFUL AND WELCOMED THE FACT THAT THESE THREE NATIONS WERE ABLE TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES AND PAVE THE WAY FOR FINLAND AND SWEDEN TO BECOME NATO MEMBERS, THESE ARE ADVANCED MILITARIES THAT WE'RE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH. VERY INTEROPERABLE, THEY WILL LEND INCREDIBLE DEFENSIVE CAPABILITIES TO THE ALLIANCE. BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS, OVER ISSUES LIKE AN EMBARGO ON ARMS AND TERRORISM BUT AGAIN, I THINK MR. -- THE LEADERS OF SWEDEN AND FINLAND TALK ABOUT THAT. PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF THIS EXPANSION OF NATO. HE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN IS TODAY. URGING MR. ERDOGAN TO COME TO CLOSURE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ON THESE ISSUES SO THAT WE COULD GET TO THE POINT WE ARE WITH THIS NATO SUMMIT. THAT WAY, WE'RE NOW ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THAT PROCESS FOR BOTH COUNTRIES. >> JOHN I WANT TO SHIFT GEARS A LITTLE BIT OF -- THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE HAS LED TO QUESTIONS OF WARTIME SERVICE MEMBERS STATION IN STATES THAT BAN ABORTION. SOME ARE SAYING THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPTION TO RELOCATE. WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO SERVICE MEMBERS OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS IN THOSE STATES TO TERMINATE A PREGNANCY? >> THERE ARE EXISTING D.O.D. POLICIES ABOUT ABORTION AND THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS ON THAT. D.O.D. POLICY IN REGULATIONS ON HOW AND WHEN THEY CAN BE DONE. BUT I KNOW THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS LOOKING AT THIS NOW MUCH MORE CAREFULLY AFTER THE DECISION ON DOBBS AND THEY ARE EXAMINING OR KIND OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES NEED TO CHANGE GOING FORWARD. I WOULDN'T WANT TO GET AHEAD OF THE PROCESS. >> JOHN KIRBY WE APPRECIATE

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