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NATO has continued to adapt and enhance its footing for defense and deterrence in the face of Russian aggression in Europe, improving the capability and readiness of allied forces. As the Alliance continues to rely on its ability to rapidly reinforce its members for deterrence, the challenges of military mobility and the requirements needed to move tens of thousands of troops across Europe have drawn increased attention. To support the rapid movement of allied forces across the European continent and beyond, nations, NATO, and the European Union are individually and collectively working to mitigate the many legal, diplomatic, and infrastructure barriers to military mobility.

Concluding a yearlong study on military mobility in Europe, the Atlantic Council is thrilled to announce the launch of our Task Force report called “Moving Out: A Comprehensive Assessment of European Military Mobility.” The report, co-chaired by former SACEUR General Curtis Scaparrotti and former US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, comprehensively assesses current military mobility efforts by nations, NATO, and the EU; identifies gaps in existing progress; and provides actionable recommendations to reinvigorate and improve mobility for the short and long term. The report makes the case for greater action on military mobility across Europe and identifies areas the Task Force believes require greater attention.

During this public event, the task force co-chairs will preview the report’s key findings and recommendations with brief remarks before a fireside chat to discuss the continued importance of military mobility in Europe with US Army Europe Commander General Christopher Cavoli and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti. This will be followed by a lively moderated conversation and audience Q&A with NATO officials and regional and military experts, who will discuss, debate, and share their perspectives on the way forward for military mobility in Europe.

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Read the report


Apr 22, 2020

Moving out: A comprehensive assessment of European military mobility

By Task Force Co-Chairs: General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA (Ret.) and Ambassador Colleen B. Bell

Military mobility is the logical and critical next step to enhancing the twenty-first-century conventional deterrence posture throughout Europe, an essential part of the formula for keeping the peace.

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