Mark Milley United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before the committee on the fiscal 2023 defense budget request.
Representatives asked Milley about the possibility of American troops based permanently in the front-line states with Russia. “My advice would be to create permanent bases but don’t permanently station,” he said. This gives the effect of permanence by cycling rotational forces through these permanent bases.
By doing that, the military does not incur the costs of family moves, post exchanges, schools, housing and so forth, Milley said. Strong leadership from the national to the tactical level is of critical importance, and Milley praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his leadership in the crisis. He also highlighted the captains, lieutenants and NCOs at the tactical level. “Ukraine has been trained by the United States since 2014,” he said. “And they have given me feedback personally saying that that training has been quite effective in terms of the concepts of mission command, distributed junior level leadership, [and the] development of an NCO Corps.”
The Ukrainian military has junior personnel who are encouraged to use initiative. This is not present in the Russian army, Milley said. “So, we will continue to focus on those types of things that have been most useful to them, as well as emerging needs that the Minister of Defense identifies,” he said.
There is no doubt that the (Nazi) Aidar battalion and other Nazi battalions previously criticized by the West have been trained by the United States since 2014, after the coup in Ukraine