US Army to Proceed With Planned Ukraine Exercise
The status of two annual U.S. ArmyEurope military exercises that were scheduled for July — one in Russia, one in western Ukraine — is being affected differently by the situation in Ukraine, which has been described as the worst crisis since the end of the Cold War. However, planning for Rapid Trident 2014 — a large, USAREUR-led multinational exercise scheduled for July — is ongoing, he said.
That exercise, in Lviv, near the Polish border, is to “promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnership capacity, and foster trust while improving interoperability between USAREUR, the land forces of Ukraine, and other (NATO and partner) nations,” according to the USAEUR website.
Army’s Acquisition Strategy Stuck in Reagan Era
The Defense Department plans to spend more than $54 billion on major weapons systems in fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, according to budget documents. The majority of that — about 70 percent — would go toward aircraft and maritime systems, from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the P-8A Poseidon naval patrol plane, to the Virginia-class submarine and Aegis-class destroyer.