The U.S. Army is ready to ensure the deployment of high alert forces within 48 hours in the NATO countries bordering Russia, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the foreign media.
If they will be not enough, the U.S. is ready to use additional force to protect the allies, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said yesterday.
"We will not give up even an inch of NATO soil. The U.S. commitments under NATO Article 5 – an attack on one member is an attack on all – are firm," Dempsey said.
NATO's 28 member-nations "are in this together," he added.
Gen. Martin Dempsey noted that the United States would work with NATO and other allies to assure the allied countries of support "on the frontline with Russia." Thus, there are mentioned the Baltic States, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.
"U.S. assets will also assist in the new NATO Response Force, including the very high readiness joint task force. The JTF will be able to deploy within 48 hours of being ordered," he said.
Dempsey also noted that the U.S. service members would provide force-specific, unique capabilities, including intra-theater airlift, air-to-air refueling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, naval support ships and strategic airlift.
"If a crisis exceeds the capability of the VJTF, the U.S. is prepared and has committed to provide additional military forces – including land forces – to NATO efforts," Dempsey said.