New Units Bring Added Capabilities to Army in Europe

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New Units Bring Added Capabilities to Army in Europe

Two new units being stood up in Europe will provide the Army with capabilities to “close any gaps” in combat power on the battlefield, the commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa said.

In remarks at the Fires Conference 2021, hosted virtually by the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Gen. Christopher Cavoli said the first Multi-Domain Task Force in Europe will “close any gaps in combat ratios that we see in a ground force adversary … with an advantage against us.”

Army to Keep 6 Europe Sites as Demands Grow

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Army to Keep 6 Europe Sites as Demands Grow

Six sites slated to be returned to Germany and Belgium will now be retained by U.S. Army Europe and Africa as the need for facilities grows apace with operational requirements.

The move is a result of a 2018 assessment, directed by DoD, of the sites remaining in Europe. The assessment, conducted by U.S. Army Europe and Africa and Installation Management Command-Europe, found that growth requirements were outpacing facility construction and renovation, according to a press release from U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

‘Strong European Pillar’ Critical to Deter Russia

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‘Strong European Pillar’ Critical to Deter Russia

Predicting that before long, the U.S. will be in an all-out, kinetic conflict in the Indo-Pacific, retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said it’s critical that Europe strengthen its deterrence posture now against threats from Russia.

The prediction, Hodges said, is not based on secret intelligence but on what he has gathered from watching and listening and “how the Chinese have observed our lack of resolve in so many ways ever since Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 … and we didn’t do anything.”

Former Army Europe Commander Speaks at AUSA

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Former Army Europe Commander Speaks at AUSA

Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, a former commander of U.S. Army Europe, will discuss his new book, Future War and the Defence of Europe, during an upcoming webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Hodges, who led Army Europe from 2014 through 2017 and is now the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis, will speak at 2 p.m. Eastern on June 9 as part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders series.

2014 Ilovaisk Siege Provides Lessons on Future Warfare

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2014 Ilovaisk Siege Provides Lessons on Future Warfare

A new Landpower Essay published by the Association of the U.S. Army looks at the changing landscape of future warfare. 

Maj. Amos Fox, an armor officer who frequently writes for AUSA, uses the siege of a 16,000-population Ukrainian town to show how proxy wars and manufactured insurgencies have changed modern warfare. The 2014 battle pitted Ukrainian military and paramilitary forces against pro-Russian insurgents, leading to the Ukrainian forces being encircled by the insurgents for several days and facing heavy casualties from artillery barrages. 

Defender-Europe Exercise Kicks Off in Albania

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Defender-Europe Exercise Kicks Off in Albania

Defender-Europe 2021, the large-scale Army-led exercise involving 30,000 U.S. troops and NATO forces from 26 nations, kicked off May 4 and will continue through June with several linked exercises across the continent.

The Army began deploying soldiers and equipment from U.S. ports and installations in mid-March to participate in Defender-Europe, which will feature nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in more than 10 countries.

British Army Deputy Chief Discusses Modernization

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British Army Deputy Chief Discusses Modernization

The future of the British army and its modernization efforts will be the focus of an upcoming virtual event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Lt. Gen. Christopher Tickell, deputy chief of the British Army General Staff, will speak May 6 during AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series. The event begins at 11 a.m. Eastern. It is free, but registration is required here.

Growing Threats Challenge U.S. and Allies

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Growing Threats Challenge U.S. and Allies

A new unclassified global threat assessment from the U.S. intelligence community has the same old rivals: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. 

Army to Add 500 More Soldiers to Europe

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Army to Add 500 More Soldiers to Europe

Some 500 soldiers are headed to Germany as the Army stands up two new units that are slated to become operational later this year to boost several combat capabilities in the region. 

As part of the plan, announced April 13 by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, three sites that had been scheduled to be returned to the German government under a previous effort to reduce U.S. military presence in Europe will now be retained.