March 3, 2016
Approximately 25 journalists dialed in for the call with Major General Allvin on Feb. 29, 2016. GEN Allvin took 12 questions from seven countries plus AFP on the array of ERI lines of effort, emphasizing the U.S. commitment to its allies and to strengthening military presence/capabilities across Europe. He made clear that Congress still needs to weigh in with respect to specific details about pre-positioning and infrastructure, but the goal is rapid response in areas that need support to counter potential adversary action. When asked specifically about Russia’s actions, he responded that he can’t speculate about Russian decision making, but we can take decisions based on the behavior we see. The dynamic new security environment requires a rapid response, and the ERI is intended to increase interoperability to that end.