Blog Series on U.S.-EU Cooperation part 4: U.S.-EU Security and Defense Cooperation

This is the fourth entry in a weekly blog series that will highlight some good examples of U.S.-EU cooperation. This week: U.S.-EU Cooperation in Security and Defense

Prior posts on U.S. – EU Cooperation:

Part 1 – The Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program

Part 2: Fighting Child Sexual Abuse

Part 3: the Joint U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum

The United States and the European Union have successfully enhanced our practical EU-U.S. security and crisis response management cooperation, especially U.S. cooperation with the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy operations, the EU’s mechanism for deploying crisis management missions around the world. U.S. and EU personnel and forces continue to work hand-in-hand to address crises in international security, particularly in Africa.

Some examples of U.S.-EU cooperation in the area of security and defense are:

  • Kosovo: The United States has contributed personnel to the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX).
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The United States contributed personnel to the now-concluded EU Security Sector Reform (EUSEC DRC) mission, and collaborated with the EU on a logistics training center for DRC security forces.
  • EUCOM-EUMS Administrative Arrangement: The United States European Command and the European Union Military Staff entered into an arrangement (Nov 30, 2015) to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between both organizations, advancing cooperation
  • Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement: The U.S.-EU ACSA, signed in December 2016, is a major milestone in U.S.-EU military cooperation. It will facilitate reciprocal provision of reimbursable logistic support, supplies, and services between the United States and EU during military deployments and operations. The ACSA will also help to reinforce the strategic partnership between NATO and the EU as they work together to strengthen defense and security in Europe and project stability among neighbors and partners.

What are some other positive effects of this cooperation?

U.S. – EU security and defense cooperation have served to secure and stabilize conflict areas and fragile states, ensure prudent use of resources in a period of constrained budgets, and enable mutually reinforcing efforts in the planning and conduct of our operations and missions.

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