Exercise Rapid Trident 2011

Thursday July 28, 2011

What is it?

Rapid Trident is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command, JCS-directed exercise held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, strengthens international military partnering and fosters trust while improving interoperability between partner nations. This year, Rapid Trident 11 consists of a multi-national airborne operation and field training exercise with more than 1,600 forces from Ukraine, the United States, Latvia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovenia, Canada, Georgia, Poland, Serbia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as representatives from NATO, participating.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Europe has conducted a Partnership for Peace exercise in Ukraine since 1995. Each year the exercise has expanded its level of participation with partner nations. U.S. Army Europe and Ukraine work together to ensure the exercise meets goals for their respective land forces and ties directly into strategic and national military goals and priorities. Rapid Trident has been instrumental in assisting Ukraine efforts to develop NATO-interoperable and fully deployable units within their Joint Rapid Reaction Forces. Rapid Trident also enhances Ukraine's capacity to plan and execute joint and combined multinational exercises. Ukraine provides a locale where these 13 nations can meet and train in the spirit of cooperation.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Rapid Trident program improves coalition interoperability, builds partner coalition capacity, promotes understanding and cooperation between military forces and encourages professional exchange with Partnership for Peace partner nations. The program continues to support these objectives and Ukraine's NATO Operational Capabilities Concept and Self Evaluations. The United Kingdom has committed to supporting Rapid Trident as one of their primary military engagement exercises. Along with bringing more NATO countries to help support their NATO Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluations, the exercise will continue to invite more Partnership for Peace countries.

Why is this important to the Army?

Rapid Trident contributes to U.S. national security interests in Europe and provides partner nation forces combined training opportunities to enhance capabilities to conduct multinational operations. Increased capacity and ready forces contribute directly to regional security and the ability of partner nations in Europe to integrate into and support ongoing military operations. This exercise reinforces bonds between the United States and participating nations and contributes to the strength of the alliance. Ukraine is a key enduring partner and has contributed forces to OIF and OEF.


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