UPDATED 9:07 AM PT — Wednesday, January 15, 2020
The Department of Defense is preparing for the largest military drills held in Europe in 25 years. While speaking in Berlin Tuesday, U.S. Gen. Andrew Rohling said exercises will involve 20,000 American troops.
According to German officials, the drills come in response to emerging new challenges, but are not aimed against Russia.
“It’s not just about military readiness and military capabilities…the ports we’re coming into in Europe are civilian ports, so we will receive support and capabilities from the civilian ports,” he stated. “We’re using the Deutsche Bahn as our main rail source across Germany, again, a civilian agency.”
German officials said the drills will test their ability to use dual-purpose infrastructure in case of an emergency. The joint exercise will start in late February and extend into March.