Media Events Related to DEFENDER 21 June 2-5

DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise:  Focuses on building operational readiness and interoperability with a greater number of NATO allies and partners over a wider area of operations. Is defensive in nature and focused on responding …

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Preparations are underway for the annual Black Swan

Budapest, HUNGARY – Preparations are underway for the annual Black Swan, which will take place from May 3-14, 2021. The Hungarian-led Black Swan 21 exercise includes SOF from Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United States. U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Hungarian SOF personnel will conduct Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) training along the Danube River near Budapest. In other locations, U.S. Army …

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U.S. Ambassador Cornstein Hails Hungary’s Billion Dollar Air Defense Purchase

August 12, 2020 U.S. Ambassador David Cornstein today joined Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő in announcing Hungary’s declaration of intent to conclude its largest-ever defense procurement from the United States, an action which will overhaul and modernize Hungary’s air defense capabilities and allow it to transition away from its current legacy Soviet system.  This purchase …

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Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard and Defense Attaché David Wiseman Visit Szolnok and Kecskemét Air Force Bases

Looking back to look ahead! Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard and Defense Attaché David Wiseman visited with the leadership of Szolnok and Kecskemét Air Force Bases in February 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things, but some things remain the same, like our strong bilateral relationship and military cooperation. We look forward to …

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Chargé Kostelancik at NATO Anniversary Event

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hungary joining NATO, Charge d’Affaires David Kostelancik spoke to students at the National University of Public Service in Budapest about his experiences working in the U.S. delegation to NATO from 1998-2001, key years building up to and including the accession of Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland to the Transatlantic alliance.  He was joined by Deputy State Secretary Ferenc …

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