US Senate committee supports “persistent” Army presence in Poland

Senate Armed Services Committee used the term in place of last year’s “rotational” in the draft bill.

The Senate Armed Services Committee, in the executive summary of the fiscal year 2020 National Defence Authorization Act, “expresses support for increasing the persistent presence of United States forces in the Republic of Poland in order to enhance deterrence against Russian aggression”.

The current Polish administration has been trying to convince the US government to permanently deploy military forces on Polish territory, in order to further deter possible Russian aggression. The efforts increased in light of the 2014 Russian aggression against Ukraine. Poland offered to pay for the base and the country’s president suggested the name “Fort Trump” for it.

Although the term “persistent” is an update from “rotational” it is still not the “permanent” the Polish government is hoping for. This is not the final version of the bill.

The executive summary of the fiscal year 2020 National Defence Authorization Act was written by Senators Jim Inhofe (Republican) and Jack Reed (Democrat), showing bipartisan support for efforts to contain Russia. For the US government, the 2020 fiscal year starts on October 1, 2019.

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