Exercise Immediate Response 2012

Tuesday May 29, 2012

What is it?

Immediate Response (IR) is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command, JCS-directed exercise held at the Slunj Training Area in Slunj, Croatia, May 26th through June 10th.

IR 2012 is a multinational platoon-level situational and battalion-level field training exercise that will involve more than 700 personnel primarily from the U.S. and Croatian armed forces, with contingents from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. Macedonia and Serbia will send observers to the exercise.

The exercise contributes to shaping the international environment by promoting regional stability and security; strengthening international military partnerships; and, fostering regional trust while improving interoperability between partner nations. The overarching exercise concept supports NATO and coalition interoperability. This is the second of three consecutive annual Immediate Response exercises; the final exercise is scheduled to take place in 2013.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Europe has participated in Immediate Response since 2006 when first hosted by Bulgaria. Each year the exercise has moved to a new host nation, expanding its level of participation and increased participating nations. This year it will be conducted in Croatia. The U.S. and Croatian militaries have conducted bilateral partnership training since 1996. U.S. and Croatia participated in its first multilateral exercise in 2003 and the first bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Croatian military was in 2004. U.S. Army Europe and Croatia are working together to ensure the exercise meets goals for their respective forces and ties directly into strategic and national military goals and priorities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The U.S. Army will continue to conduct multilateral and bilateral exercises and exchanged throughout Europe to advance American strategic interests. More than 1,000 theater security cooperation events are conducted in more than 40 countries annually by U.S. Army forces posted throughout Europe.

Why is this important to the Army?

Immediate Response contributes to U.S. national security interests in Europe by preventing future conflicts through training credible forces with sufficient capacity, readiness and modernization through combined and joint exercises. The Army shapes the international environment by engaging with our partners, and enhances their capabilities to conduct multinational operations. This exercise reinforces bonds between the United States and participating nations and contributes to the strength of the Adriatic 5 alliance. Croatia is a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in the final stages of negotiation to become a full member of the European Union (EU). The Croatian military has participated in International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) missions, Kosovo Forces (KFOR), and more than one dozen United Nation (UN)- and EU-led peacekeeping operations throughout the world.

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