The strategic importance of NATO’s military forces in Europe remains high, especially in the rear area of Europe, as NATO works to strengthen the alliance and improve deterrence measures against adversaries, including Russia. Because deterrence relies on situational awareness, data and information that feed a clear operational picture are critical components, say Leendert Van Bochoven, global lead for National Security and NATO, IBM, in The Netherlands; and René Kleint, director, Business Development Logistics & Medical Service, Elektroniksystem-und Logistik (ESG) GmbH, in Germany.
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A large number of national NATO contract competitions for resources could instigate bidding wars, causing delays during critical troop movements and confusion in the rear echelons. According to one leader of forces in Europe, adversaries may find it difficult to resist this opportunity to take advantage of the conditions to aggravate the situation by distributing disinformation and launching cyber attacks on commercial carriers. Consequently, during these critical early phases of military force mobilization, shared sensitive information and key infrastructure will need to be secured and defended.
Brig. Gen. John V. Meyer III, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff, G-3, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe, USA, has been assigned as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Brig. Gen. John H. Phillips, USAR, has been assigned to G-6, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Ellen S. Clark, USAR, has been assigned as director, Army Reserve Engagement Cell (individual mobilization augmentee)/deputy commanding general, mobilization and reserve affairs, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
The current process for mission command modernization is not keeping pace with technology, which will dramatically impact the future battlefield. Despite massive technological advancements, the U.S. Army continues to struggle with the upper tactical internet. The service’s current technology fails to provide a near instantaneous, resilient, on-the-move communication capability and is at risk of being outpaced by both industry and potential adversaries.
Future U.S. Army regionally aligned forces will benefit from experiences—and solutions—discovered during last year’s integration with the U.S. Army Europe communications network. Although their communicators expected to hit the ground running when they arrived in theater, integrating tactical communications systems was more difficult than expected. Fortunately, new technology and soldiers’ know-how not only solved the immediate problems but also set the stage for easier communications integration in the future.
Brig. Gen. Andrew M. Rohling, USA, has been assigned as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff, G-3, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Mary-Kate Leahy, USAR, has been assigned as director, Army Reserve Engagement Cell (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), and deputy commanding general, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Maj. Gen. Steven A. Shapiro, USA, has been assigned as commanding general, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Timothy P. McGuire, USA, has been assigned as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $159,538,880 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract to provide for the information technology support services to U.S. Army Europe, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Africa Command. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy, and Balkans, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.
Stay informed on the latest U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) information, news and events with this new app for iPhone. The free U.S. Army Europe app connects people around the globe by offering important information from the USAREUR website in an accessible mobile format, says Kevin Downey, U.S. Army Europe webmaster and creator of the app. In the click of a button, you can learn about the USAREUR's mission; stay up-to-date on news from its social media sites; receive information on its leadership; locate units and bases around Europe; and explore fact sheets and historical information.
Tapestry Solutions Incorporated, San Diego, California, was awarded an approximate $11 million firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract for the managing and operating battle simulation training services for U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, is the contracting activity.