US forces in Europe not ready to fight Russia: Self-assessment

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The US Army’s rapid reaction force stationed in Europe is not prepared for a possible confrontation with Russian military forces, according to an internal study.

The report by the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade, a bulwark of the NATO alliance, warned that the force was “under-equipped, undermanned and inadequately organized,” Politico reported Sunday, after viewing a copy of the assessment.

The brigade’s commander admitted in their analysis that their unit did not have the “essential capabilities needed to accomplish its mission effectively and with decisive speed.”

The American forces’ joint drills with their Ukrainian counterparts have shown time and again that there exists a series of “capability gaps” between them and Russian military units, the assessment added.

Lack of air defense and electronic warfare units coupled with over-reliance on satellite communications and GPS navigation systems were the main…

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