Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini yesterday signed the European Union Military Logistical Assistance Agreement, according to a U.S. State Department statement.
"U.S. European Command is deeply integrated across the region and this agreement increases our ability to rapidly exchange logistics support between our respective military forces in any situation," said Navy Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, Eucom’s director of logistics.
"From peacekeeping operations to humanitarian assistance to major combat operations, this agreement strengthens the bond built over years and will enhance speed and access towards our collective logistics solutions to current and future challenges," Verrastro said.
According to a State Department press statement the U.S.-EU Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement will enhance "crisis response management and cooperation" while also facilitating "reimbursable logistic support, supplies, and services between the United States and EU during military deployments and operations."
"The signing of the ACSA marks a major milestone in U.S.-EU military cooperation in enabling crisis response and promoting security around the world," the statement said. "U.S. and EU personnel and forces continue to work hand-in-hand to address crises in international security, particularly in Africa."
Additionally, "The ACSA will also help to reinforce the strategic partnership between NATO and the EU as they work together to strengthen defense and security in Europe and project stability among neighbors and partners," the statement said.