The Obama Administration today announced an FY2017 Department of Defense funding request of $3.4 billion for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI). The U.S. is engaged in more areas of the world, on more issues, with more partners then any other time in history.
NATO allies and its partners continue to work together to counter ISIL/Daesh, but also on shared principles of international law and order.
Addressing diverse global challenges requires new thinking, new postures in some regions and new and enhanced capabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Speaking at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. this morning during a preview of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.
The ERI which quadruples last year’s ERI funding leve request marks a significant upgrade intended not only to continue assurance measures but also to enable a quicker and more robust response in support of NATO’s common defense.
ERI funding will enable the United States to expand and deepen activities within five established lines of effort, including Russian aggression in Europe and the ongoing fight against terrorism, increase U.S. force presence in Europe, expand exercises and training with NATO Allies and partners, and augment prepositioned equipment for use in joint exercises.