European Deterrence Initiative

European Deterrence Initiative At A Glance

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The European Deterrence Initiative, a Department of Defense-funded program, increases U.S. capabilities to deter and defend against Russian aggression, further galvanize U.S. support to the collective defense of NATO Allies, and bolster the security and capacity of our U.S. partners.

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The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) budget request adds new Department of Defense (DoD) capabilities to improve deterrence while continuing the phased execution of those multi-year activities funded under the former name the “European Reassurance Initiative”. The EDI provides one of the primary funding sources for U.S. European Command’s (USEUCOM), and its Service Components’, ability to respond to an evolving European security environment. The 47 activities proposed within the FY 2019 EDI request: (1) Continue to enhance our deterrent and defense posture throughout the theater by positioning the right capabilities, in key locations, in order to respond to adversarial threats in a timely manner; (2) Assure our NATO Allies and partners of the United States’ commitment to Article 5 and the territorial integrity of all 28 NATO nations; (3) Increase the capability and readiness of U.S. Forces, NATO Allies, and regional partners, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by a regional adversary against the sovereign territory of NATO nations. 

European Deterrence Initiative in Europe


European Deterrence Initiative in Eurasia


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