Monday July 23, 2012
What is it?
U.S. Army Europe is conducting a first of its kind European Combined Forces Land Component Commanders (CLFCC) Seminar at the Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, in July. This seminar is designed to link senior leaders and experienced land forces commanders from the U.S. with a multitude of different European nations' army leaders to discuss the complexities of a CFLCC and operational level mission command.
What has the Army done?
While the CFLCC seminar is conducted routinely in CONUS at the Army War College, this is the first time it has been exported and will be conducted in Europe. This seminar is the next step in the natural evolution of training events conducted in Europe. USAREUR routinely conducts exercises with partner nations focusing on the squad to battalion level; in contrast, this seminar is tailored for senior European army leaders who control forces at the operational level.
By inviting partnered nations, many of whom are currently serving beside U.S. forces in Afghanistan, USAREUR hopes to build on previously established relationships. USAREUR has taken the model used in the CONUS seminar and adjusted the topics which will be presented to the invited European leaders. By doing so, USAREUR expects this seminar will generate a better understanding of the complexities and challenges presented in multinational operations. Up to 20 nations are expected to attend where they will discuss topics as diverse as, 'coordinating stability and reconstruction efforts,' to 'cyber warfare.'
What continued efforts are planned for this in the future?
Because, the CFLCC seminar is geared toward senior leaders (Colonels and Brigadier Generals), USAREUR hopes that it will become a recurring opportunity for allies, partner nations and NATO members to meet and resolve challenges that future operations may hold. The seminar format can also be used by other Army service component commands to strengthen relationships in other geographical areas of responsibility.
Why is this important to the Army?
As proven by major and contingency operations around the globe, and specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. forces will function beside allied forces. A great number of those allied forces come from countries in Europe. Events like this seminar help ensure success in future operations by developing senior leader relationships, trust and an understanding of the nuances that affect land forces of different nations.
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