This year’s budget submission for the European Deterrence Initiative builds on previous U.S. investments and reflects the priorities of the National Defense Strategy by improving the readiness, responsiveness, lethality and resiliency of U.S. forces in Europe in order to strengthen our deterrence posture and enhance our defense capabilities.
The 2019 request continues to fund numerous ongoing, multi-year activities, as well as expanding existing focus areas by prepositioning munitions in theater; infrastructure improvements to support theater logistics; and enhancements to the integrated air and missile defense system.
The $6.5 billion EDI request for Fiscal Year 2019 will allow our leaders to more adequately meet emerging threats to the security and territorial integrity of our NATO allies. At nearly $2 billion more than the 2018 request, it also reflects the importance needed to deter aggression and malign influence in Europe by increasing our air, sea and land force responsiveness, and expanding interoperability with multi-national forces.
This EDI budget focuses on combined, joint-warfighting capabilities to meet the expanding challenges of a dynamic security environment. This request is an additional American pledge demonstrating our continued strong commitment to the transatlantic bond and the defense of our indispensable European allies.
Funded partially by EDI, Operation Atlantic Resolve demonstrates the U.S. ability to fulfill treaty commitments to NATO to respond to threats against allies (Article 5). Following Russia’s illegal invasion into Ukraine in 2014, the U.S. authorized EDI at $985 million in 2015, $789 million in 2016, $3.4 billion in 2017, and $4.8 billion in 2018.