Austere Challenge 2012
Austere Challenge 2012 is a bilateral air-defense exercise between the U.S. and Israel involving more than 3,500 U.S. personnel in Israel and Europe and approximately 1,000 Israel Defense Forces personnel in Israel. The exercise, which began Oct. 21 and will last approximately three weeks, has been in planning for more than two years as part of a long-standing agreement between U.S. European Command and the Israel Defense Force to hold bilateral training exercises on a regular basis.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, U.S. Third Air Force Commander, is the senior AC12 US commander in Israel for the exercise. Israel Defense Forces Brig Gen Nitzan Nuriel is the IDF's lead exercise planner for AC12. Together Oct. 17, they conducted a phone-in interview with more than 70 international journalists (transcript).
More photos of exercise events are available here.