Tuesday, February 06, 2018

1st Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment @ Exercise Allied Spirit...

200 soldiers from 1st Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment are among 4,000 soldiers from 10 different NATO countries currently participating in Exercise Allied Spirit in Southern Germany.

Bonus material!!!!

An M1A1 Abrams tank from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division rolls out of a motor pool during a convoy operation during exercise Allied Spirit VIII at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 25, 2018. Allied Spirit VIII includes approximately 4,100 participants from 10 nations at 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area, Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 2018. Allied Spirit is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise series designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner’s interoperability and readiness.

A new year and continuation of big exercises.  What kills me is that these aren't just alot of exercises but they're alot of MULTINATIONAL exercises.

Want to know where defense funds are going?

I point my finger here.  This ain't cheap, and I'm beginning to wonder about the actual utility.  If an ally is spending all available funds to participate in exercises far afield instead of at home...and if that's negatively affecting the budget then perhaps these aren't such good ideas.

Especially since everyone is seeking to modernize at this time.

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