The United States and Romania Sign Missile Defense Implementing Arrangements
At the semiannual joint committee meeting, Sebastian Hulaban, State Secretary for Defense Policy and Planning in the Romanian Ministry of Defense, and Major General Mark O. Schissler, Director, Plans and Policy, at Headquarters U.S. European Command, signed two implementing arrangements and three amendments to existing implementing arrangements related to the construction and operation of the planned missile defense facility in Deveselu, June 29.

At the semiannual joint committee meeting, Sebastian Hulaban, State Secretary for Defense Policy and Planning in the Romanian Ministry of Defense, and Major General Mark O. Schissler, Director, Plans and Policy, at Headquarters U.S. European Command, signed two implementing arrangements and three amendments to existing implementing arrangements related to the construction and operation of the planned missile defense facility in Deveselu, June 29. 

One implementing arrangement is for the use of land areas surrounding Deveselu Base, which is located near Caracal, Romania. The other implementing arrangement is for the use of airspace over Deveselu Base.

The two governments also signed three amendments to existing implementing arrangements regarding security, real estate and the functioning of the joint committee. Each of these implementing arrangements supports Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach.

The Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement between U.S. and Romania was signed Sept 13, 2011 and entered into force on Dec. 23, 2011.

The signing of these implementing arrangements is another step forward toward making the missile defense facility in Deveselu a reality. 

Rear Admiral Randall M. Hendrickson, the Deputy Director of the Missile Defense Agency, and Brigadier General Thomas J. Sharpy, Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, also attended the signing.

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