Denmark and the United States have long enjoyed a close and mutually beneficial relationship. Denmark and the United States consult closely on European and other regional political and security matters and cooperate extensively to promote peace and stability well beyond Europe’s borders. Danish troops support International Security Assistance Force-led stabilization efforts in Afghanistan.
Approximately 150 U.S. military personnel are assigned to Thule Air Base, Greenland, and various other locations in mainland Denmark. There are Acquisition and Cross-Servicing and Status of Forces Agreements in place there.
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) base and early warning radar facility at Thule, in northwest Greenland, serves as a vital link in Western and NATO defenses. In August 2004, the Danish and Greenland Home Rule governments signed agreements allowing for an upgrade of the Thule early warning radar in connection with a role in the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. Additionally, Denmark regularly participates in exercises Combined Endeavor, Noble Titan and Baltic Operations.
The country is a strong supporter of international peacekeeping. Danish forces were heavily engaged in the former Yugoslavia in the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR), as well as in NATO's Operation Joint Endeavor/Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (IFOR/SFOR), and currently in the Kosovo Force (KFOR). It also participates in UNIFIL (Lebanon) and has twice commanded a NATO maritime task force against piracy off the coast of Somalia. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., Denmark has been highly proactive in endorsing and implementing United States, UN, NATO, and EU-initiated counter-terrorism measures.