Oversight of the European Reassurance Initiative, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Armed Services, US. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 13, 2016 [open pdf - 320KB]
This is a testimony compilation of the July 13, 2016 hearing on "Oversight of the European Reassurance Initiative" held before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of David Allvin: "I would first like to thank Chairman Hartzler, Ranking Member Speier and the other Members of the Committee for the opportunity to appear before you today. I am pleased to represent the men and women of our armed services and civilian personnel of the United States European Command. On behalf of the US European Command, thank you for your unwavering support. I am privileged to discuss the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) -- which marks a major turning point in the USEUCOM's prioritization of activities in the European Theater. The United States seeks to maintain its role as a secure, stabilizing presence in the theater, in light of Russia's provocative actions and destabilizing interventions-- ERI provides the funding to help us accomplish that goal. We have carefully devised a strategy to address this Russian threat, and assert our commitment to NATO Allies. However, strategy alone will not impede Russian hostility. Through continued Congressional support of the ERI, we will continue to implement strategy by resourcing capabilities deterrent activities and increasing responsiveness." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Allvin, Rachel Ellehuus, and Tom Tyra.
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