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The US is plotting one of its largest European military exercises since the Cold War

from Task & Purpose

A massive military exercise in Europe involving 20,000 U.S.-based troops will kick off in February of next year, the Army officially announced. Approximately 37,000 total service members will participate in Defender Europe 2020, including 20,000 U.S. troops and additional personnel from 18 other countries. Lt. Gen. Chris Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe, told Defense News it will be the third largest exercise in Europe since the Cold War. The exercise is scheduled for April to May 2020, according to a separate press release; personnel and equipment will be moving from February through July 2020. It will span across 10 countries. The hope is to demonstrate the Army's "ability to deploy large units to Europe ... for the deterrence of an aggressive Russia," as Defense News reports. According to the release, a U.S. Army division headquarters, three armored brigade combat teams, a fires brigade, and a sustainment brigade will be participating, alongside Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps service members. more


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