About DEFENDER 24

DEFENDER 24 is scheduled to occur from 28 March to 31 May. It is the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations.

The exercise is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender 24 exercise, DoD’s Large Scale Global Exercise, and is comprised of three sub-exercises: Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response.

DEFENDER 24 is focused on the strategic deployment of continental, U.S.-based forces, employment of U.S. Army prepositioned stocks, and interoperability with Allies and partners at exercise locations across 13 European countries. It seeks to deter adversaries, transform operational mission command, build readiness, and strengthen the NATO Alliance.

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Esercito Italiano and Ejército de Tierra Snipers live fire exercise
Training Support Activity Europe
April 23, 2024 | 2:11
Esercito Italiano (Italian Army), 8th Bersaglieri Regiment, Bersaglieri Brigade "Garibaldi" and Ejército de Tierra (Spanish Army), Protected Infantry Battalion "San Quintín" I/3, Brigada "Galicia" VII Snipers conduct live fire exercise at Bemowe Piskie training area, Poland, Apr. 20, 2024. The exercise is a part of international training series of Saber Strike 2024, which is a part of DEFENDER. DEFENDER is a U.S. European Command scheduled, U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted exercise that consists of Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response. DEFENDER 24 is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender exercise, and DoD’s Large Scale Global Exercise, taking place from 28 March to 31 May. DEFENDER 24 is the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations, including Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. (U.S. Army video by Eugen Warkentin)
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