U.S. European Command leadership recently published an updated theater strategy, formalizing the combatant command’s top priorities, mission and vision.
Looking back, 2015 was undoubtedly one of the busiest years for EUCOM since the end of the Cold War. During the past year, a perpetually increased demand was placed upon the EUCOM personnel who help provide stability for the European security environment. “Our command has done an outstanding job balancing its focus between a revanchist Russia, mass migrations from other regions and foreign terrorist fighters transiting through Europe, while maintaining our commitments to our NATO allies and partners,” said Gen. Philip Breedlove, Commander of U.S. European Command.
Combatant commanders use theater strategies as a single comprehensive document designed to support U.S. policy abroad and secure national interest in their area of responsibility. “Our updated strategy was written to be used as a compass for everyone on the EUCOM team, from the service component commanders down to the service members in the field, to align their organizations efforts and accomplish the mission,” added Breedlove.
U.S. European Command relies on its dedicated men and women to build and maintain relationships with European allies and partners, interagency partners and other combatant commands, that all work together to fully address new challenges and their long term implications. The strategy contains new command vision and mission statements, as well as six distinct theater priorities with the desired end states projected over the next three to five years. These six priorities include: 1) Deter Russian aggression; 2) Enable the NATO Alliance; 3) Preserve U.S. strategic partnerships; 4) Counter transnational threats; 5) Ensure postured and ready forces; and 6) Focus on key relationships.
In order to effectively implement a theater strategy of this magnitude, the command mission requires a whole of government approach supported with ready forces as well as the appropriate resources. “This newly updated Theater Strategy addresses the changes happening here in Europe and helps our forces adapt to meet emerging challenges and ensure Europe remains whole, free, peaceful and prosperous.” said Breedlove.