The agreement will lead to common training exercises, leadership training and even sharing instructors, said Maj. Gen. Robert P. Lennox, Fort Bliss commander and commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and School.
“It is built on trust respect and mutual support,” Lennox said, and will lead to each Army having a “clearer understanding of the tactics, techniques and procedures” used by the other.
Lennox credited German Brig. Gen. Wolfgang Köepke, who is head of his Army’s air defense units and school, with having the vision and determination to make the partnership a reality.
“The days of fighting by yourself without a partner are long gone,” Lennox said. “We have the multiplication of (unmanned aerial vehicles) throughout the world and terrorists use rockets and missiles in a very strategic way. We need to develop capabilities to overcome these threats today and tomorrow, and we’re doing that.”
Lennox said the agreement signed today will allow expanded cooperation and will result in a modular ability where German or U.S. air defense units could be used interchangeably.