Hearing on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2014 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, First Session, Full Committee Hearing on the Posture of the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, March 15, 2013 [open pdf - 9MB]
This is the March 15, 2013 hearing on the "Posture of the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command" held before the House Armed Services Committee. From the opening statement of Howard P. McKeon: "Admiral Stavridis, many believe Europe is now one of the most secure regions in the world. Even the President's Defense Strategic Guidance says 'most European countries are now producers of security rather than consumers. In keeping with [the] evolving strategic landscape, our posture in Europe must also evolve.' I think it's important to recognize that many of our European allies are also NATO allies, and they have been an integral part of the ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] effort in Afghanistan. However, Russia still remains a serious concern-to U.S. national security interests and to our regional allies and partners. Some may also forget that Europe is strategically located in the vicinity of the Middle East and North Africa. 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." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Howard P. McKeon, Carter F. Ham, and James G. Stavridis.
H.A.S.C. No. 113-19; House Armed Services Committee No. 113-19
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