This strategy seeks to effectively integrate bombers into operations led by US Geographic Warfare Commands.
B-2 Spirit: Strengthening the US Presence in Europe
The deployment in Iceland is in the framework of the Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions, an essential part of the United States European Command (USEUCOM) initiatives to collaborate with allies and regional partners.
This strategy seeks to effectively integrate bombers into operations led by US Geographic Warfare Commands, thereby expanding the nation’s commitment to collective defense.
Additionally, this deployment reinforces USEUCOM’s overall security commitment across Europe and allows aircrews to adapt to joint and coalition operations on foreign soil.
Statements by military leaders
Lt. Col. Andrew Kousgaard, leader of the 393rd Bomber Squadron, noted the importance of dynamic bomber deployment and highlighted the B-2 ‘s capability in strategic operations.
For his part, General James Hecker, commander of the US air forces in Europe and Africa, stressed the United States’ commitment to promoting peace and stability in Europe and its dedication to confronting challenges to the sovereignty of nations in the region.
The B-2’s presence in Keflavik links the US air forces and their counterparts in the region, enhancing joint training and reaffirming the US commitment to Europe.
Objectives and Capabilities of the Bomber Task Force
The BTF is not just focused on combat missions; its scope includes operations ranging from humanitarian aid to disaster response.
These regular deployments provide essential points of contact to train and work alongside US allies and partners, enhancing the collective response to conflict globally.
Since 2018, the BTF has been a strategic mission of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), with the goal of developing skills to operate in unfamiliar locations and integrate with allied and partner nations.