US EUCOM conducts command-and-control exercise Austere Challenge


The US European Command (EUCOM) has conducted a computer-assisted global command-and-control exercise, named Austere Challenge, in Germany.

The five-month-long command post exercise was aimed to train multi-combatant command coordination in fictitious scenarios.

Thousands of US soldiers in Germany, Italy, the UK and the US took part in the exercise, which focused on European security.

The training event allowed soldiers to remain responsive and proactive in a theatre that is constantly and dynamically changing.

US EUCOM commander Army general Curtis M. Scaparrotti said: "Exercises like this validate our ability to rapidly respond together with decisive and overwhelming success in Europe or to enable other combatant commands."

"Exercises like this validate our ability to rapidly respond together with decisive and overwhelming success in Europe or to enable other combatant commands."

The exercise tested soldiers' ability to provide strategic and operational effects in various locations worldwide.

EUCOM exercises and assessments director Army major general Mark Loeben said: "[The exercise provided] overwhelming and decisive results in a variety of exercise situations. This exercise ensures our warfighters practice, and hone, their abilities to respond to any crisis situation."

EUCOM is one of the US's two forward-deployed geographical combatant commands whose area of focus covers Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East, and the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

The command is responsible for military relations with Nato and 51 countries.


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