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The U.S. Senate on Thursday advanced a measure to require the Pentagon assess the need for combat enablers, should a U.S Army brigade be permanently stationed in Poland.

The Senate added the language by voice vote to its version of the mammoth annual defense policy bill, due for a vote on Monday. It came as an amendment from Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Boozman, R-Ark., who touted it as a means to deter Russian aggression.

“Combat enablers are the essential non-combat force that help to maintain our defense posture around the globe. They can help us prepare for the serious threats Russia poses to our allies and interests in Eastern Europe,” Boozman said. “The United States needs to turn the page and set a clear course to deter Russia over the long term.”

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