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NATO top military officer: Defender 20 is facing problems

Defender 20 is a large-scale military exercise that has gotten under way in recent weeks. This year in February Americans will deploy 37,000 soldiers to Germany, Poland and the Baltic States. U.S. Army Europe’s Chief of Staff German Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk gives a few remarks for DW.

“Defender-Europe 20 is slated to be the largest deployment of U.S.-based soldiers for an exercise to Europe in 25 years. This will be a massive exercise that will send U.S. soldiers to the continent next spring to conduct force projection and readiness training to deter potential adversaries,” stressed the German general.

Defender 20 is a US-led multinational exercise that involves 19 countries. Germany will serve as the logistics hub for moving equipment and supplies. Defender 2020 will also validate that German infrastructure is up to the task. The units participating in the exercise will be supported by the German Bundeswehr.

It is also critical for Germans to test their own physical infrastructure – roads and bridges. These can be seriously threatened as the weight of a tank transported on a trailer can exceed 130 tons. Military equipment will also be transported by rail and river.

The German general also mentioned that three so-called convoy support centers have been set up for the military convoys on the military training area Bergen in the Lüneburg Heath. There’s also a fuel tanker there. Some US units will bring their own equipment whereas others will use the equipment inventory already stored in Europe.

Commenting on possible Polish cooperation during Defender 20, Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk estimated that Germany is ready for the upcoming maneuvers whereas the preparations of the Polish Army look like a real disaster. The security system, locations and technical support structures of allied forces in Poland during Defender 20 do not match the exercise requirements.

According to the German general, the worst situation is at the training grounds at Ustka and Drawsko Pomorskie. “It’s terrible that American soldiers will live in such conditions. The barracks look like ruined stables. Mice and rats are prowling the concrete floor. It’s cold and wet. In Germany pigs are kept in better conditions. Technical support is at the level of “crowbars and hammers,” said general Renk.

It’s worth mentioning that Poland will be one of the epicentres of one of those smaller, linked exercises – exercise Allied Spirit. This will be a division-size exercise led by the United States Army 1st Cavalry Division.

Allied Spirit features a live wet gap crossing, in other words a river crossing that will take place at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in north-western Poland. This time the task will be accomplished by a multinational bridging team (German and British soldiers) including rotary and fixed-wing support coming from the US and the Czech armed forces. Unfortunately, during the exercise Anakonda-18, in this instance, soldiers of the Polish Army failed to build a pontoon bridge, and flights and artillery firing were canceled.

“Lack of professionalism and complete irresponsibility which the command of the Polish Army keeps demonstrating from year to year, may be a reason to cancel the planned actions during exercise “Defender 20” – summarized Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk.

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Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

“This year in February Americans will deploy 37,000 soldiers to Germany, Poland and the Baltic States.”

No, not Americans will deploy … The US will deploy… All the rest of North America, Central America and South America will be wise enough to stay at home. Maybe Canada will take part? They are US doormats anyway. No wonder if they will participate.

Septic Safe
Septic Safe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

US doormats or US arsewipes? Hard to tell these days.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Septic Safe
February 18, 2020

Both!

MapleleafJuana
MapleleafJuana
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

Poor oldenjaded. He’s having an existential angstfest coming to terms with what it means to be a contemporary canuck.

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

Uh, yeah, we get it. You happy that you got it off of your chest? Dumbest post I’ve read since yesterday.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Tony
February 22, 2020

Well, you obviously have not read much elsewhere since “yesterday”.

Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

Lack of professionalism and complete irresponsibility which the command of the Polish Army keeps demonstrating from year to year, may be a reason to cancel the planned actions during exercise “Defender 20” – summarized Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk.

Yeah, the Poles are a truly wonderful asset. Best friends of USA and EU. Poles will keep milking the US and EU until they die.

AMHants
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

They are the largest debtor nation in the EU. Now funds are running out, they have taken their begging bowl to the US, whilst training Ukraine to do similar.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  AMHants
February 18, 2020

Liars, lazy bums, worming their way into the EU!

LOL
LOL
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

America’s very own trojan worm into the EU.

Dennis
Dennis
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 21, 2020

Who are you talking about you f*cking piece of sh*t?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Dennis
February 22, 2020

We are obviously talking about the likes of you. Only a dimwit would not recognize that immediately.

John
John
Reply to  AMHants
February 21, 2020

“They are the largest debtor nation in the EU.”

XDDDD are you fucking retarded or justr trolling?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John
February 22, 2020

Neither – nor … We are telling the truth here and writing like intelligent people.

Johnnnyyy
Johnnnyyy
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 21, 2020

Kroth and Hants are russian trolls, fucking retards.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Johnnnyyy
February 22, 2020

NATO = NORTH ATLANTIC TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

DonPablo
DonPablo
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 24, 2020

truly interesting… I am Pole and most Poles think the some but just from the other side, that we are milking by US. They sell us worst and most expensive weapon (f.e. last contract for fighter planes – with highest price in history!) and force us to participate in US conflicts in the intrests of US. For EU we are just a first buffer in case of war with Russia. Money which we ‘get’ from EU is nothing in comparison what western companies earn in polish market (with help of EU law above polish law) and how much bureaucracy and… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

TASS: NATO chief was unable to reply to Russia’s initiatives, Lavrov comments after Munich talks – Russia earlier voiced a proposal to agree a minimal possible distance, at which Russia’s and NATO’s warships and warplanes can approach each other — MUNICH, February 17. /TASS/. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has dodged replying to Russia’s initiative on measures to build up trust during drills at the contact line and to ensure security of flight over the Baltic Sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “When several days ago in Munich I told Stoltenberg that we were waiting for an… Read more »

AMHants
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

Stoltenbourg, the NATO leader, who used to be a politician in a non-nuclear nation, dreams of getting control of both Sevastapol, over in Crimea, and Khaliningrad, over by the Baltics Sea. Russia has no desire to give up either.

NATO mega exercise to antagonise Russia, can only manage 30,000 serving military personnel in total. Compare with the 300,000 serving military personnel Russia provides for their exercises.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  AMHants
February 18, 2020

Yes, Stoltenberg’s megalomania is notorious.

Corona Sycophant aka Court Jester
Corona Sycophant aka Court Jester
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

Sycophantic megalomania is the most dangerous and infectious sort

Duping Dreamy Dopers
Duping Dreamy Dopers
Reply to  AMHants
February 18, 2020

Probably one of those non-nuclear states where potent hallucinogens are sold over the counter.

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
February 18, 2020

“It is also critical for Germans to test their own physical infrastructure – roads and bridges. These can be seriously threatened as the weight of a tank transported on a trailer can exceed 130 tons”.

Yes, those Tigers – er, Abrams – are heavy beasts.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Tom Welsh
February 18, 2020

The Germans do not want this “Defender” nonsense to happen on their territory. So they are using the “roads and bridges” as excuse. How else to get rid of the sticky, parasitic vampires from the US?

Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

TASS: Russia, Belarus begin joint military exercise- A formal ceremony to launch the drills was held in the region on Monday afternoon — MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. Servicemen of the Russian Airborne Troops and the Belarusian Special Operations Forces began their joint exercise in the western Russian region of Pskov on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. A formal ceremony to launch the drills was held in the region on Monday afternoon. “During the upcoming exercises, servicemen will have to complete a series of combat training tasks, including an airdrop mission, taking control of a facility, performing a raid and… Read more »

John Smith
John Smith
February 18, 2020

“It’s terrible that American soldiers will live in such conditions”
Well, than it is a really realistic simulation of real war conditions 🙂

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John Smith
February 18, 2020

US have found plenty of “real war conditions” in Afghanistan. More body bags, please!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

They don’t even have to leave their own country to experience “real war conditions”. Daily killing of civilians by police, daily mass shootings, 130 suicides a day, and almost 17,000 homicides in 2019. Enough handguns for every man, woman and child to have one each, various types of assault fire arms, about 700,000 machine guns and four million rifles from just the AR-15 family of rifles in civilian hands, and county police forces armed with “surplus” military gear, everything from thousands of bayonets to tanks and armoured vehicles. Then there are the almost two million homeless somehow surviving on the… Read more »

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 18, 2020

Forgive one for thinking that the Banks of America would alleviate the problem of these two million homeless people , whom I must say , were tax paying citizens at one stage of their lives , Surely the banks with all their Trllions given to them as ” bailout “, by the taxpayers , could easily build homes for these homeless people !!!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Rick Oliver
February 18, 2020

Never mind. Those homeless US citizens can all be sent as cannon fodder around the world, serving the US military valiantly until they die!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  John Smith
February 18, 2020

It continued: “The barracks look like ruined stables. Mice and rats are prowling the concrete floor. It’s cold and wet. In Germany pigs are kept in better conditions.” Poor babies. Real war conditions are not like playing “shock-and-awe” video war games on a comfy couch in rat-free, dry and warm living room. Who’d’ave thought?

Glass Half Empty
Glass Half Empty
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 18, 2020

Sounds like some VA hospitals I’ve seen on youtube, so they should be thoroughly acclimated by the time they arrive.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 18, 2020

Yes, who would have thunk but thinking is not exactly a US forte.

Much Ado about Nothing
Much Ado about Nothing
Reply to  John Smith
February 18, 2020

In real war conditions, I doubt anyone will have to live in any conditions for long.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Much Ado about Nothing
February 18, 2020

That’s right, a couple of Russian bombs, and pfutsch! There you go, Europe is gone, including all the shitty “defenders” from North America. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Ugh...
Ugh...
February 19, 2020

So EU wants to burn money rebuilding roads and infrastructure the military will wear out? Just to give the US the pleasure of stirring the pot? And the US is the one basing themselves with guns that are within artillery range of St. Petersburg. It will be the EU that gets turned upside down if any of this nonsense gets worse. This German officer is worried about sleeping conditions of Americans in a Polish barracks? Does he have any dignity left?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Ugh...
February 19, 2020

No, he has no dignity left. The Germans lost their dignity in the III Reich of Hitler. And they have not regained it since.

Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

TASS: Russia to react to US-NATO exercise Defender 2020 in Europe — Lavrov Moscow will react in a way that will not create unnecessary risks, according to the Russian top diplomat MOSCOW, February 4. /TASS/. Russia will react to the US military exercise in Europe Defender 2020 due in March, but it will do so in a way that will rule out unnecessary risks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with the staff of the government-run daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta. A transcript of the conversation was published by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. “Naturally, we will react,”… Read more »

Tony
Tony
February 19, 2020

US should have left Germany and the rest of Europe lock, stock, and barrel after 1989. Let them Euro dimwits deal with their own defense.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Tony
February 20, 2020

If only they had left in 1989. Europe would be a peaceful paradise. Unfortunately they have still not left. On the contrary, now they are back again as “Defenders”. God knows what and whom they want to defend. US bloodsuckers are not welcome in Europe. We like Russia. We love Russia. We hate the USA.

John
John
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 21, 2020

Shut the fuck up russian troll, nobody here belives in your shit. Go back to your shithole third world country, how much do they pay you for making an idiot from yourself? 10 roubles? Fucking cunt.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John
February 22, 2020

What wonderful language you use, John. This is what I like most about the USA, those illiterate, analphabetic “warriors”, with limited range of words and thoughts. You certainly are no Shakespeare, John. But never mind! Nice try!

John
John
February 21, 2020

Fake news

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John
February 22, 2020

You obviously do not read a lot and do not seem to be well informed. Are you one of those US citizens who have a blatant lack of education?

Jestem z Polski
Jestem z Polski
February 21, 2020

Wojna to nie luksusowy hotel, manewry mają symulować trudne warunki na polu walki. Jeśli Pan generał ma zamiar w taki sposób walczyć to życzę powodzenia, żadnej wojny nie wygra.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jestem z Polski
February 22, 2020

Do you write in English as well? We do not speak Polish here.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jestem z Polski
February 22, 2020

The Germans have never won a war yet, and the US neither. World War II was won by the Soviets. Everybody else jumped on the dying horse when it was almost dead.

I'm from Poland
I'm from Poland
February 21, 2020

War is not a comfortable environment. The simulation is to take place in difficult conditions, similar to the realities of war, not hotels. If the Lord General wants it
wage wars, none of them will win.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  I'm from Poland
February 22, 2020

Very true! War is never a “comfortable environment”. It would be very good if the US troops left Europe. They are warmongers, not welcome at all.

Mariusz
Mariusz
February 21, 2020

Niemcy i ich wojsko ???????????? to chyba jakies jaja

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Mariusz
February 22, 2020

Do you write in English as well? We do not read or write in Polish here.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 22, 2020

Polish is not exactly a “world language” we need to know, he he he …

Olivia Kroth
February 22, 2020

“Unfortunately, during the exercise Anakonda-18, in this instance, soldiers of the Polish Army failed to build a pontoon bridge, and flights and artillery firing were canceled.” ????????????

That reminds me of the Canonical Polish joke list. I forgot to add it, but will do so promptly.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 22, 2020

Extract of the Canonical List of Jokes about Poland ???????????? ~2 Polish firing squad, stands in a circle. ~3 New Polish navy has glass bottom boats, to see to the old Polish navy. ~5 Polish kamikaze flew 48 successful missions. ~8 Q. How do you sink a polish battleship? A. Put it in water. ~13 Why wasn’t Christ born in Poland? Because they couldn’t find three wisemen and a virgin. ~16 Q: How do you get a one-armed Polak out of a tree? A: Wave to him. ~18 Two Polish hunters were driving through the country to go bear hunting.… Read more »

I'm from Poland
I'm from Poland
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 22, 2020

“During” Anaconda ’18 “not everything went according to the set scenario. When the soldiers – due to the low water level – failed to cross the Vistula at the designated place, they quickly organized a crossing over 100 km further.” assessed by Col. Mirosław Polakow

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  I'm from Poland
February 22, 2020

Oh well, I thought that the Poles did it on purpose, to boycott the Vistula crossing because they did not want the US troops to move around in their country. That would have been a smart decision, in my eyes. Who wants to anger big brother Russia? This is Poland’s next door neighbour, better live on good terms with your big brother.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 22, 2020

In the same way, the Germans are boycotting this Defender 2O nonsense by telling the US military that their roads and bridges are not “strong and sturdy enough” to let US tanks roll over them. Sometimes the only way out is a little lie, when little David is facing giant Goliath.

renk denied saying this
renk denied saying this
March 2, 2020

Hartmut Renk never said those words, in fact the officials have already denied ever making such remarks.

“A post today from The Duran included several fabricated quotes attributed to our Chief of Staff. These comments were never made”. – @USArmyEurope

Please do consider your conscience before putting false words into a high-ranking official’s mouth.

“Rats and wet floors?” Come on, who would believe that? Criticize the West on honest terms, not through falsification of interviews.

asd
asd
March 2, 2020
old guy
old guy
March 13, 2020

this German prick shpuld rather shut up. Its the German army which actually fails because of rotten equipment and lack of spare parts

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