(AP) Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday that the U.S. will spread about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six European nations, including the Baltic states, to help reassure NATO allies facing an array of threats from Russia and terrorist groups.
Each set of equipment would be enough to equip a military company or battalion, and would go on at least a temporary basis to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. Carter said the equipment could be moved around the region for training and military exercises, and would include Bradley fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzer artillery guns.
"We intend to move those equipment sets around as exercises move around," Carter told a news conference. "They're not static. Their purpose is to enable richer training and more mobility to forces in Europe." He said the U.S. presence will be "persistent" but "agile."
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