(…) While most of the media attention has focused on the redeployment of forces from Europe back to the United States, a new strategic decision was made by the U.S. that will result in an increased military presence in NATO’s new front yard: the Black Sea. (…) By deploying a Stryker brigade into the Black Sea, the United States would … give U.S. forces the combat capability and mobility to cover a lot of ground quickly in the Black Sea region. A Stryker brigade is equipped with a lot of firepower … Retired Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commanding general U.S. Army Europe, told me that: “A Stryker brigade helps us solve a lot of the mobility challenges of operating in the Black Sea. Romania has one of the worst road networks in the entire European Union, according to the EU. The addition of a Stryker brigade allows U.S. forces to overcome these conditions and move quickly around the region in the event of a crisis,” he said.