US considers various ways of increasing military presence in Poland: general

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford. Photo: flickr/thejointstaff/

“The United States considers various ways of increasing its military presence in Poland, including the permanent base, as well as the rotation,” the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said at the International Security Forum in Halifax, Canada, on Saturday.

Mr Dunford stated that Poland was certain to receive American support, but so far, no decisions have been made concerning the nature of the US forces.

"We told our Polish interlocutors: you can be sure that the American flag will flutter in Poland, you can be sure of our military capability and our commitment to the security of Poland," Mr Dunford said.

"The question is, what would be the most effective organisational structure of this presence. There are several ways how to achieve this effectiveness: by locating permanent forces, but also by rotational high-readiness forces that would demonstrate our commitment to Poland, deterring potential enemies at the same time," he added.

The establishment of a permanent US military base in Poland, also called “Fort Trump”, was proposed by Polish President Andrzej Duda during his September visit to Washington. The Polish state is ready to allocate USD 2 bn (EUR 1.73 bn) to this project.