Pentagon and NATO intensify military buildup for wars in Europe and Africa
The U.S. armed forces publication Stars and Stripes reported on February 4 on the commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, General Christopher Cavoli, demanding “long-range artillery and other advanced weaponry” be deployed to Europe to “take on enemy forces in the event of a major conflict on the Continent,” as the publication paraphrased his comments
U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa were consolidated in 2020 after the pattern of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, now U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. The latest Pentagon unified combatant command, which collectively divide up the entire globe, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), was originally created by U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and later became an autonomous command in 2008. Both EUCOM and AFRICOM have their headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
U.S. Army Europe and Africa has its headquarters in Wiesbaden. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa has its in Ramstein.
EUCOM shares its top commander with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In militarese, the joint commander has a dual-hatted role.
The first phase of the West’s war against Libya in 2011 was waged by AFRICOM (its initial combat operation) under the code name of Operation Odyssey Dawn, from March 19-31. AFRICOM then handed the seven-month air war over to NATO which, under the name of Operation Unified Protector, conducted over 26,000 air sorties over the small nation of slightly over six million people until that operation ended on October 31, 2011.
The above is to establish the operational unity of EUCOM, AFRICOM and NATO.
In a speech delivered on February 3 the U.S. Army Europe and Africa commander called for a “new ‘Theater Fires Command,’ which would include a multi-domain task force that brings together cyber, space and electronic warfighting capabilities, and more artillery….”
The Stars and Stripes feature also said that “The Army has invested heavily in the past few years to improve long-range precision capabilities with the aim of being able to hit targets that are farther away….”
The source also revealed a U.S. Army “multi-domain task force, which would focus on countering advanced enemy defense systems to ensure U.S. forces can maneuver freely…being planned for Europe later this year.”
In addition, General Cavoli said that multi-domain warfighting units “could also have a role in supporting U.S. efforts in Africa.”
More significantly, and more ominously, Cavoli stated that the headquarters in Germany will operate “hemispherically” in regards to military strategy in both Europe and Africa, as “Russia and China are extremely active in competing for influence and access in Africa.”
U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s plans dovetail with those of NATO, which will establish a space center at the U.S. Air Force base at Ramstein, Germany and a military space center in Toulouse, France.
The Ramstein air base is part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community, the largest U.S. military overseas community with an estimated 54,000 U.S. service members and over 5,400 US civilian employees. The Ramstein base provides logistical and other support for 100 geographically separated units. Ramstein also hosts NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) in addition to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.
A Defense News report of last autumn revealed that the Federation of German Industries, as part of the Ramstein space center project, is proposing the construction of a mobile launch platform in the middle of the North Sea that would be jointly employed by the German armed forces and NATO.
A demonstrably intensified U.S. and NATO military buildup in Europe to confront Russia and extending into Africa to confront both Russia and China is now impossible to ignore or deny.