“President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order allowing the Pentagon to mobilize 3,000 reservists for deployments in Europe, where the US military has significantly increased its presence since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Since February 2022, the US has deployed over 20,000 additional troops to Europe, bringing US troop levels on the continent to over 100,000 for the first time since 2005. The US has beefed up its presence in Eastern Europe and currently has over 10,000 troops in Poland, which has become a hub for weapons bound for Ukraine.”

Analyst Comment: This appears to be an effort to supplement certain occupational specialties in Europe as the DoD struggles with recruiting. There is no indication that this is part of a pre-mobilization strategy to prepare for NATO direct intervention in Ukraine.