Defender Europe 2020 is to be the 3rd largest military drills since cold war

This event will involve 8000 military service members and the support of the civilians

Source: Bundeswehr/Alyssa Bier

Military trainings play important role in world’s geopolitics. Especially when relations between leading countries are so unstable. We have Palestine standing up for the US-Israel pressure, China and its fishy politics towards west and many more. The world is one dangerous place with everyone pushing each other around. All around the world brave soldiers master their professional skills and improve the defense capability of their countries.


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Defender Europe 2020 is to be the 3rd largest military drills since cold war according to Lt. Gen. Chris Cavoli, the U.S. Army Europe commander. This event will involve 8000 military service members and the support of the civilians. Also these drills are to be spectated by special guests and locals.

This event is designed to increase strategic readiness, and the ability to defend the territory of NATO’s member states. The Drills consist of chain of linked activities: Saber Strike, Swift Response e.t.c. This would be the most realistic drills to be conducted. In my blog I’ve observed some of the problems military exercises have had. Defender Europe 2020 might bring more. So the organizers have to calculate every inch of plan, in order to reduce the possibility of accidents.

Sometimes accident is an accident followed by a simply bad fortune. But in most cases it’s either lack of skills or the unwillingness of commanders to admit danger factors. They keep on pushing their staff to the perilous limits seeking for reward which is usually a perk that gives bonuses. Defender Europe 2020 will be attended by important high-ranked experts, so this would be important for everyone to show off their skills. Even if the soldiers are qualified for the job, and they are best of the best, one can’t be sure no accident will happen.

If we look at the statistics… Between 2006 and 2018, 31.9% of active-duty military deaths were the result of accidents, according to a congressional report. And only 16.3% of US military died in action during the same period. The majority of those accidents are linked with the circumstances completely unrelated to the combat missions.

Since DEFEU20 is the 3rd large exercise in Europe, the possibility of injuries, deaths, environmental harm, and noises disturbance aren’t off the list. In fact this possibility is increased.
Only time will show if NATO’s commanders have learned their lessons of the past.

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