From the thesis abstract: "In the wake of Russian actions in Ukraine in 2014, NATO and the United States enhanced their forward posture with a rotational force designed to deter further Russian adventurism. With the additional US force presence in Europe a new reality for the foreseeable future, some have begun to question the efficiency and efficacy of a rotational presence, preferring instead to return additional US combat forces to a permanent posture in Europe. As USAREUR [United States Army Europe] assesses priorities for the potential return of additional capability to Europe on a permanent basis, initial prioritization should go to the formations that contribute to the foundational capabilities outlined in the Chairman's 2012 Joint Operational Access Concepts and 2014 Army Operating Concept. These documents prioritize the Army's role in providing the foundational capabilities necessary to facilitate follow-on Joint Forces in a mature theater. Headquarters, infrastructure, logistics, and intelligence elements will perform the most important functions in enabling follow-on forces in a mature theater with adequate initial NATO conventional combat capability."
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