Military mobility provides the preparedness and speed needed for the successful reinforcement of NATO operations and is therefore indispensable for credible deterrence. Concerningly, the Alliance currently lacks the ability to quickly and easily move soldiers and equipment across NATO countries on its Eastern Flank. While the Alliance has recognized the need for improvement, there are still significant gaps, misunderstandings, and unknowns that remain. The DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise will be the first opportunity to gauge the challenges for military mobility in Europe, with the deployment of 20,000 U.S. soldiers to the European continent, the largest in more than 25 years.
Over the next year, CEPA, led by Pershing Chair LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, will be conducting a series of events and research to examine the current challenges facing Allied military mobility. Engaging policymakers, military, experts, and industry, CEPA will bring together the necessary actors to implement changes to allow allied troops to move with ease and speed across the continent. Stay tuned to this page for the latest on CEPA’s efforts to strengthen NATO’s deterrence through enhancing military mobility capabilities.