Defender-Europe 2021 Planning Underway

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Defender-Europe 2021 Planning Underway

U.S. Army Europe is in “a pretty healthy place” despite challenges brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the command is already planning for Defender-Europe 2021, a top general said. 

“We’ve been able to work with our host nations to continue to flow personnel into and out of Europe,” Brig. Gen. Sean Bernabe, deputy commanding general of Army Europe, said during a virtual panel hosted by Defense News on July 9.  

Project Convergence is Army's Answer to MDO Training

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Project Convergence is Army's Answer to MDO Training

The Army is working to put its Multi-Domain Operations concept into action during a new exercise slated to begin this fall.

Project Convergence is expected to become an annual exercise designed to help the Army learn how to “connect things and bring things together,” said Gen. Mike Murray, commander of Army Futures Command.

“Within our Multi-Domain Operations concept, convergence is one of the key tenets, how do you bring the five domains together,” Murray said in June during an Association of the U.S. Army Thought Leaders livestream event.

‘Flaws’ Identified in Multi-Domain Operations Concept

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‘Flaws’ Identified in Multi-Domain Operations Concept

A new Land Warfare Paper from the Association of the U.S. Army suggests the evolving Multi-Domain Operations concept embraced by the Army and being studied by the Joint Staff may contain two critical flaws.

Written by Maj. Amos Fox, the paper says the Army took a “positive first step” to address future threats across land, air, sea, space and cyberspace with technological innovations and revised doctrine.

Land Warfare Paper Calls for Urgent Change

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Land Warfare Paper Calls for Urgent Change

The Army’s evolving Multi-Domain Operations concept for dealing with great-power and peer competition and possible war is driving a “renaissance of thinking,” but not fast enough considering the threats, according to a new Land Warfare Paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Defender-Europe Begins With Movement of Equipment

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Defender-Europe Begins With Movement of Equipment

The Army has begun moving the first of about 20,000 pieces of equipment bound for Europe as part of the largest overseas exercise in more than two decades.

On Jan. 23, vehicles, heavy equipment and materiel were loaded for rail transport and onward shipping from Fort Hood and Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Stewart, Georgia. The equipment is bound for ports in Europe as part of Defender-Europe 20, the Army announced in a news release. The shipping will continue through late February.

Defender-Europe First in Series of Power Projection Exercises

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Defender-Europe First in Series of Power Projection Exercises

A multinational exercise in Europe set to be the Army’s largest deployment of U.S.-based troops in 25 years will begin in February in the first of a series of such exercises planned to demonstrate the Army’s ability to deploy and project power globally.

Defender-Europe 2020 will include the participation of some 37,000 U.S., partner and allied troops, including 9,000 Europe-based U.S. troops. The bulk of the activities will take place across 10 countries in April and May, linking five named exercises. The exercise is set to conclude in August.