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.

Command Prepares for Major Exercises on 2 Continents

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Command Prepares for Major Exercises on 2 Continents

Combining two key Army commands serves as a “win” for the U.S. and its allies ahead of a major multinational exercise in Africa later this year, a senior Army leader said. 

“We’re very excited about the merger,” Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, said Feb. 23 during a press call. 

He added that “the consolidation of our two commands is a win for Africa and a win for the United States Army.”

Germany Troop Withdrawal on Hold Amid Review

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Germany Troop Withdrawal on Hold Amid Review

A plan to move almost 12,000 U.S. troops out of Germany, including the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, is on hold, President Joe Biden announced Feb. 4.

In a speech at the State Department, Biden said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be “leading a global posture review of our forces so that our military footprint is appropriately aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities.”

He added, “While this review is taking place, we’ll be stopping any planned troop withdrawals from Germany.”

Combined Europe and Africa Command Has Big Advantages

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Combined Europe and Africa Command Has Big Advantages

Consolidating Army operations in Europe and Africa under one command is better preparing the U.S. to face near-peer competitors, says Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

Cavoli to Discuss Army Operations in Europe, Africa

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Cavoli to Discuss Army Operations in Europe, Africa

Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of the newly consolidated U.S. Army Europe and Africa, will speak Feb. 3 at a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The event, part of The AUSA Noon Report series, begins at noon Eastern. It is free, but registration is required here.

U.S., French Soldiers Train for Future Battlefield

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U.S., French Soldiers Train for Future Battlefield

The French army will test its new warfighting doctrine this spring in a major exercise with U.S. and British forces as it prepares to face a future fight against a state adversary.

Much like the U.S. Army’s Multi-Domain Operations concept, which assumes strategic challenges from a near-peer adversary on land, air, sea, cyber and space, the “Strategic Vision of the Chief of Staff of the French Army: 2030 Operational Superiority” addresses the need for shared vision and interoperability among its Allies and partners. 

Army Consolidates Europe, Africa Commands

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Army Consolidates Europe, Africa Commands

Army operations in Europe and Africa will now fall under a new command called U.S. Army Europe and Africa, the service announced.

The move consolidates Army Europe and Army Africa into one command that will serve as the Army service component command for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. It will be led by Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the Army Europe commander since January 2018 who was approved by the Senate for a fourth star and this new assignment on Sept. 30.

Army Continues Aligning Footprint in Europe

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Army Continues Aligning Footprint in Europe

The Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment is expected to continue playing a key role in Europe even as the Pentagon carries out a plan to bring the Stryker unit home to the U.S. 

Speaking Oct. 20 at the Atlantic Council, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that after talks with his counterparts in Romania and Bulgaria as well as the Baltic States, “there is now the real opportunity of keeping the 2nd Cavalry Regiment forward in some of these countries on an enduring basis.”