The US Army is planning its biggest deployment of personnel to Europe in 25 years, with 37,000 allied troops planned to take part in a massive force projection exercise.
The US Army say that Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas.
“The exercise, called DEFENDER-Europe 20, will increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly move a large combat force of soldiers and equipment from the continental United States to Europe, and, alongside allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis.”
The U.S. Army Europe-led, joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled in the spring of 2020 and supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries.
“DEFENDER-Europe 20 is a great opportunity to demonstrate the US Army’s un-matched ability to rapidly project forces across the globe while operating alongside our allies and partners in multiple contested domains,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the US Army Deputy Chief of Staff.
Approximately 37,000 US, allied, and partner nation service members are expected to participate, with roughly 20,000 Soldiers deploying from the U.S.
DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the largest deployment of US-based forces to Europe for an exercise in the last 25 years.