U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumes duties as NATO's new Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He's overseen US military operations in South Korea since 2013 and Washington says this job has prepared him well for the new tasks ahead.
NATO has been at the heart of defense policy for many Western European nations for decades. As time has gone on, it's moved eastwards. But how did the alliance become what it is? Who pays for it? Where is it going?
NATO has reformed its military capabilities to be able to deploy forces much more quickly. But could leftover Cold War bureaucracy prevent a rapid response? NATO General Ben Hodges told DW he wants a "military Schengen."
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti will replace Gen. Philip Breedlove for a role that is traditionally held by an American. The change occurs as NATO faces increased threats from Russia along its borders and in Syria.
Having served in Korea and Afghanistan, NATO’s new military chief Curtis Scaparrotti is well prepared for the role. He is a thoughtful person, said a former comrade, but that shouldn’t lead Russia to underestimate him.
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