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DEFENDER-Europe 20 was designed as a deployment exercise to build strategic readiness in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy and NATO deterrence objectives. In response to COVID-19, DEFENDER-Europe 20 was modified in size and scope. Read the modification announcement

Phase I of the modified DEFENDER-Europe 20 was linked exercise Allied Spirit, which took place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 5-19, with approximately 6,000 U.S. and Polish Soldiers. Read the Phase I press release

In Phase II of the modified DEFENDER-Europe 20, a U.S.-based combined arms battalion will conduct an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise to Europe July 14 – Aug. 22. Read the Phase II press release

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DEFENDER-Europe Videos

Video by Spc. Stephen Perez
DEFENDER-Europe 20 Facts
U.S. Army Europe
Nov. 13, 2019 | 0:15
As of Oct. 6, 2019, U.S. Army prepositioned stock (APS) equipment is expected to travel approximately 4,000km across twelve convoy routes during DEFENDER-Europe 20. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Stephen P. Perez)

Modified DEFENDER-Europe 20 Information

Original DEFENDER-Europe 20 Information

Press Releases & Media Advisories

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Updated: Media Advisory - Media invited to DEFENDER-Europe 20 Phase II events
By | July 27, 2020
Members of the media are invited to participate in two upcoming events in Poland as part of the last

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Press Release - Armored unit will deploy to Europe for final phase of DEFENDER-Europe 20 linked training
By | July 10, 2020
A U.S.-based combined arms battalion will conduct an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise to

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MEDIA ADVISORY | June 5 Telephonic Press Briefing
By | June 3, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY | June 5 Briefing with U.S. Army Europe Brigadier General Christopher R. Norrie,

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Press Release: DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus
By | May 13, 2020
After careful assessment and planning between U.S. Army Europe and the Polish Ministry of Defense,

United States European Command
Exercise Defender-Europe 20 UPDATE
By | March 16, 2020
In response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and recent guidance by the Secretary of

United States European Command
U.S. European Command: Exercise Defender-Europe 20 Update
By | March 12, 2020
After careful review of the ongoing Defender-Europe 20 exercise activities and in light of the

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U.S. Armored unit equipment arrives at the Port of Vlissingen for DEFENDER-Europe 20
By | March 9, 2020
U.S. Army Europe invites members of the press to participate in a media event at 12:30 p.m., March