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#DefenderEurope: United States commitment to European defense, and what it means for us

Who: Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard (US Army Europe) & Lt. Gen. Martin Wijnen (Commander Netherlands Army)
Where: Press Centre Nieuwspoort, The Hague, The Netherlands
What: Public Lecture / Public Diplomacy Effort
When: 27th February 2020

Why: Defender 2020’s exercise is a clear sign of US commitment to European Defense. In addition it is a test of military mobility, the first time since the old reforger exercises. By hosting this public event we aim to kick start the public conversation, counter disinformation about the RSOM and explain the host nation support required by allied nations.

Preliminary program:
16.00 Registration
16.30 (5min) Opening Atlantic Forum Director (Confirmed)
16.35 (20min) Key Note Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard (Confirmed)
16.55 (10min) Key note Lt. Gen. Martin Wijnen (Confirmed)
17.05 Moderated Discussion / Q&A with Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard and Lt. Gen. Martin Wijnen and the public
18.00 End

About #DEFENDEREurope 20

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. U.S.-based equipment will leave from ports in four states and arrive in six European countries. This will require the support of tens of thousands of service members and civilians in multiple nations. U.S. service members will then spread out across the region to establish intermediate staging bases with multinational forces and participate in various annual exercises. These U.S. and European exercises are regularly conducted and not part of DEFENDER-Europe 20, but rather "linked" through a shared exercise scenario, coordinated mission command, mutual sustainment and common communication environment. DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the largest deployment of U.S.-based forces to Europe for an exercise in the last 25 years. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #DefenderEurope.

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27 Feb 2020


Press Centre: "Nieuwspoort", Lange Poten 10, The Hague, The Netherlands




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