16th Annual Conference of European Armies

Thursday October 30, 2008

What is it?

U.S. Army Europe hosts the Conference of European Armies (CEA) annually. The conference brings together the Army Chiefs of Staff of European nations in a venue suitable for honest and open discussions. This year, attendees from 39 European countries participated in the conference with the theme "Preparing Land Forces for Full-Spectrum Operations". The CEA is the premiere European senior leader engagement opportunity for both the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and the USAREUR commander, Gen. Carter F. Ham.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Europe has hosted the CEA for 16 years. Over time, the CEA has become a valuable conference not only for its informative presentations, but also as a place for senior leaders to discuss current events and lessons learned. This year, the conference includes sessions on training for full-spectrum operations, cultural awareness and the Soldier, the civil - military team, leader development for full-spectrum operations and enhancing interoperability in coalition operations. In addition to presentations, there is time for the attendees to interact with their peers to discuss topics of interest to their nation. The CEA has evolved to be an ideal forum for senior leaders to discuss world events as they impact global and regional security landscapes.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

In the spring, U.S. Army Europe will co-host with the Polish Army the Conference of European Armies for non-commissioned officer (CEANCO). The CEANCO is in its third year and has grown each year in attendance and scope. As our European allies and coalition partners continue to professionalize their militaries and develop NCO Corps, the CEANCO has become an important forum for sharing ideas among the top NCOs just as the CEA is for the chiefs of land forces. The CEA and the CEANCO are key events which allow U.S. Army leaders to interact with the military leaders of Europe.

Why is this important to the Army?

The CEA is just one of the many theater security cooperation activities that U.S. Army Europe hosts or participates in. TSC activities promote regional stability, facilitate access and develop coalition capabilities. As the European security climate has become more dynamic, TSC activities are increasingly important and the U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned to train with our allies in Europe and improve the capabilities and professionalism of our coalition allies.

Resource:

USAREUR Web site

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

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Army joins in America Recycles Day

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army awards development contracts for JLTV (ARNews)
  • Thirty years later: Witnessing monumental change in Army diversity (ARNews)
  • Army and agency will study rising suicide rate among Soldiers (NYT)
  • Top civilian leader concedes soldiers strained (MSA)
  • Two U.S. officers receive British honors (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Senior Iraqi leader says pact with U.S. is unlikely to pass (WP)
  • Turkey keeps wary eye on U.S.-Iraq peace talks (WT)
  • U.S. takes battle against Iraq violence to border (WP)
  • Afghanistan tests waters for overture to Taliban (NYT)
  • Suicide bomber penetrates Afghanistan government ministry, killing 3 (LAT)
  • Pakistan tells U.S. to stop airstrikes in tribal zone (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • Recession proof: Service members are buying and charging more - defying the U.S. economy (S&S)
  • Boots on the Ground or Weapons in the Sky? (WSJ)
  • Georgia in running for military center (AJC)
  • Bin Laden propagandist smiles as jury sees his film (MH)
  • U.S. paid $6 billion for Iraq private security (HC)
  • Signs appear of more relaxed Baghdad (BG)

WORLD VIEW

  • Syrians stage mass anti-U.S. rally (BBC | Story)
  • Bush promises 'Iraq accord' review (AJ | Story)
  • Iraq seeks to ban U.S. attacks on neighbors (IHT | Story)
  • Petraeus takes charge of 'the longest campaign' (FT | Story)
  • Afghanistan: Troops face wall of silence from terrified villagers (LDT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Training social workers to better serve military clients (SM)
  • Respite care (SBz)
  • The bandaids on our hearts (SBz)
  • Image: Visit to St. Behnam's (BF)

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