Top US General In Europe Concludes Counter-Violent Extremist Conference in Germany
WIESBADEN, Germany – General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Commander, U.S. European Command, hosted Chiefs of Defense from all over Europe here today to discuss how to Counter Violent Extremists Organization in Europe. As the command’s first session for countering VEOs, dozens of senior leaders from NATO and EU nations attended the conference to discuss how to better counter the threat posed by terrorism.
“Terrorism is a transregional problem and presents a clear and present danger to us all,” General Scaparrotti said. “It is only with the dedication and resolve of Allies and Partners that we can confront and defeat this transregional threat. No nation stands alone and no nation is immune to the threat of violence posed by terror. Let me reemphasize, we are stronger together when we’re working together.”
The Chiefs of Defense Conference focused on five areas: developing a shared understanding of the threat; strengthening partnerships; opening new avenues for information sharing; identifying opportunities to enhance the military network; building better connectivity between our military network, European intelligence, and law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, a whole of government approach was discussed in defeating terror; the group received many intelligence and update briefs from the United States Department of Defense and U.S. European Command.
Specific details of the conference will remain confidential in order to not provide information to the adversary. Specific questions for non-U.S. efforts need to be requested to their national Public Affairs offices.
“This fight against terror and violent extremists will not be easy, nor will it be fast,” he said. It is not a war of choice. It will take resources, determination and resolve to see the end of terror in Europe.”
Note: Final Comments As Delivered To The Press – 1800 CET
➢ Thank you for the opportunity to discuss our first European Command hosted NATO and EU Chiefs of Defense conference dedicated to countering violent extremist organizations. As you know, terrorism is a transregional problem and a clear and present danger to us all. Too frequently, there are new reports on attacks.
➢ Tragically, last week we watched the news in Paris where one policeman gave his life in the line of duty in Paris and several others were wounded. These officers prevented what could have been a much worse incident; we are grateful for their sacrifice and efforts.
➢ Contributions of each and every nation’s military and government in combatting the threats posed by terrorism is truly appreciated. It is only with the dedication and resolve of Allies and Partners that we can confront and defeat this transregional threat.
➢ No nation stands alone and no nation is immune to the threat of violence posed by terror. Let me reemphasize, we are stronger together when we’re working together. We must be resolute and adaptable as we maintain momentum together.
➢ This fight against terror and violent extremists will not be easy, nor will it be fast. It is not a war of choice. It will take resources, determination and resolve to see the end of terror in Europe.
➢ I would also like to publicly thank the NATO and EU Chiefs of Defense for participating during these talks – taking time out of their busy schedules to strengthen the military bond we share. The discussions and advice offered was vital to our staffs and our combined efforts.
➢ We listened, we learned; we shared and offered insight and we all came together to work on areas where we can cooperate. We had an honest and candid discussion regarding the issues and challenges we face here in Europe.
➢ We discussed ways to strengthen the Alliance and discussed a Whole of Government approach because it’s not just the military or police that should combat this threat. Our focus here was to develop a shared understand of the threat, strengthen our partnerships, open new avenues for information sharing, identify opportunities to enhance the military network, and build connectivity between our military network, European Intelligence, and law enforcement agencies.
➢ As a group, we consistently meet to improve the understanding of each other’s issues, collectively and individually. This conference was a continuation of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Counter Violent Extremist conference last October. This event was tremendously important to Europe as we continue to exchange views on future military cooperation.
➢ Each military represented here must continue to work together supporting a whole of government approach for the common security of Europe. Again, thank you for giving me this opportunity today; and I’m prepared for your questions.
[Source: EUCOM/US DoD -/- Media Relations]
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