Posture of the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 15, 2013 [open pdf - 5MB]
This testimony compilation is from a March 15, 2013 hearing, "Posture of the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command," before the U.S. House Committee on the Armed Services. From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Buck McKeon: "Admiral Stavridis, many believe Europe is now one of the most secure regions in the world. [...] So, I'd like you to fully explain why Europe is still relevant, why the U.S. should remain engaged with and forward deployed in Europe, and how the ongoing instability in the Middle East and North Africa affect Europe and NATO. Especially given the events of the last 6 months, I firmly believe the U.S. cannot further reduce its presence or engagement in Europe. Our forward presence helps facilitate a more rapid response, not only to emerging regional threats but to the defense of Israel. I'd also like to hear your thoughts on the impact of the current fiscal environment on your ability to execute your missions and respond to crises. General Ham, the AFRICOM [U.S. Africa Command] area of responsibility remains a critical focal point for U.S. vital national security interests - particularly over the last year. The attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012; the resurgence of al-Qaeda in the north; the ascending threat in Central Africa; and the lingering terrorist threat in the Horn of Africa reminds us that al-Qaeda, its affiliates, and associated forces continue to pose a threat to the U.S. homeland and U.S. interests in the region." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Buck Mckeon, Carter F. Ham, and James G. Stavridis.
United States House Committee on the Armed Services: http://armedservices.house.gov/