United States European Command (EUCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR)comprises 92 diverse nations in Europe, Eurasia and most of Africa. Theforward defense of the United States largely depends on our ability to workwith our partners and allies to ensure common security. EUCOM’s theaterStrategy of Active Security supports the national defense strategy through aseries of broad cooperative and engagement initiatives.As the EUCOM Commander, I believe there are fundamental priorities thatcharacterize our involvement in this AOR. While support to the Global War onTerror (GWOT) is the overarching priority, EUCOM is dedicated to retainingEurope as a global partner and furthering the U.S. security relationship withAfrica through a new unified command. Embedded in these strategic prioritiesare our efforts to transform ourselves into a more expeditionary command,while cultivating and sustaining relations with numerous regional securityorganizations, such as NATO, the African Union (AU), and the European Union(EU).In addition to my role as Commander EUCOM, I have responsibilities asthe Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, commanding all operational NATO forces.While these two roles have distinct mandates, there are many linkages betweenthem. One fundamental linkage is transformation – both EUCOM’s and NATO’stransformation efforts are aggressive, ambitious, and geared toward realizingagile, flexible, and expeditionary forces capable of operating at strategicdistances.To fully capture how EUCOM will address these priorities I will providean overview of the strategic environment in which we operate, explain ourstrategy and initiatives, highlight the contributions and requirements of mycomponent commanders, and underscore the importance of the transatlanticsecurity relationship.
EUCOM’s AOR is a vast geographic region covering over 21 million squaremiles and 16 time zones, stretching from the Barents Sea in the north to thewaters stretching south to Antarctica, and from Greenland to Russia’s Pacificcoastline (See Enclosure 1). The scope and diversity of these 92 sovereignnations includes approximately 1.4 billion people, constituting 23 percent ofthe world’s population. These 1,000 plus ethnic groups speak more than 4001