US exercises Ballistic Missile Defense of Europe plans with NATO

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The USAFE-AFAFRICA Warfare Center’s European Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center led planning, coordination and execution for a European Air and Missile Defense Exercise (EAMDEX), Jan. 22-26, 2021.

EAMDEX is U.S. European Command’s premier exercise for the rehearsal of the Ballistic Missile Defense mission. It is executed from the operational level, utilizing existing plans and procedures in a simulated scenario that focuses on defending NATO territory and populations.

USAFE-AFAFRICA staff and planners worked with U.S. EUCOM, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Commander Task Force 64 and NATO’s Air Command, Maritime Command and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO. Throughout the exercise, participants simulated protecting NATO territory from ballistic missile attacks.

This EAMDEX iteration was the first phase of the NATO Exercise STEADFAST ARMOUR. In addition to providing crucial training, it demonstrated the readiness of NATO forces during the COVID-19 pandemic and their ability to conduct this vital mission.

 “Our air defenders train as we expect to fight,” said Brig. Gen. Brady, Commander of the 10th AAMDC, “I’m extremely proud of our team and what we accomplished during this exercise. Team 10 showcased our capabilities as one of the most well-equipped and capable air and missile defense forces in the world and, at the same time, enhanced critical points of interoperability with our allies and partners.”

Exercises like this demonstrate U.S and NATO defensive capabilities and hone our ability to work in unison with allies and partners to assure, deter and defend one another in today’s complex and dynamic security environment.