Marshall Center's Loisach Group in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference held a side event at the Munich Security Conference 2020 to discuss great power competition and the economic rise of China. The Bavarian State Chancellery in Munich, hosted this event.

The Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Europe, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli was one of the speakers on the panel discussion on China. He then invited Loisach Group members to another side event at MSC2020 to discuss Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20. This is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment and equipment across the theater to various training areas. In this video, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli talks about #DefenderEurope, which he said, shows the continued commitment of the U.S. to Europe. The George. C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies has been formally cooperating with the Munich Security Conference since August 2017 in a forum called Loisach Group. This group is named after the river Loisach that runs through Garmisch and toward Munich. It symbolizes the ideas and recommendations that are developed in Garmisch and contribute to the MSC and help shape its content and discussions. The objective of the Loisach Group platform is to support the strategic German-American dialogue. DOD video by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Corey T. Dennis/RELEASED

Minister Florian Herrman, Bavarian Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Media, talks about why he hosted this event for the Loisach Group in this video. The George. C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies has been formally cooperating with the Munich Security Conference since August 2017 in a forum called Loisach Group. This group is named after the river Loisach that runs through Garmisch and toward Munich. It symbolizes the ideas and recommendations that are developed in Garmisch and contribute to the MSC and help shape its content and discussions. The objective of the Loisach Group platform is to support the strategic German-American dialogue. DOD video by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Corey T. Dennis/RELEASED

German Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, chief of German Joint Support and Enabling, was one of the speakers in the panel discussion on China. In this video, he shares his thoughts and experience at this side event. The George. C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies has been formally cooperating with the Munich Security Conference since August 2017 in a forum called Loisach Group. This group is named after the river Loisach that runs through Garmisch and toward Munich. It symbolizes the ideas and recommendations that are developed in Garmisch and contribute to the MSC and help shape its content and discussions. The objective of the Loisach Group platform is to support the strategic German-American dialogue. DOD video by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Corey T. Dennis/RELEASED

In this video, Minister Linas Antanas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, shares his thoughts and experience at this side event. The George. C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies has been formally cooperating with the Munich Security Conference since August 2017 in a forum called Loisach Group. This group is named after the river Loisach that runs through Garmisch and toward Munich. It symbolizes the ideas and recommendations that are developed in Garmisch and contribute to the MSC and help shape its content and discussions. The objective of the Loisach Group platform is to support the strategic German-American dialogue. DOD video by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Corey T. Dennis/RELEASED

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Loisach Group Meeting in Munich, 14 February 2020 (DoD photo by German Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler/RELEASED).

MUNICH (Feb. 14, 2020) – The Loisach Group, a German-American partnership, convened for the ninth time on the on the eve of the Munich Security Conference.

The Minister of the Bavarian State Chancellery, Dr. Florian Herrmann, hosted the event that opened the Loisach Group in the Prince Carl Palais.

This meeting of the Loisach Group was devoted to contemporary crises; U.S. and German cooperation, with an emphasis on the Defender 20 military exercise; and Great Power competition with an emphasis on the econoy.

Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli and German Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, Chief of German Joint Support and Enabling Command, gave keynote speeches and answered questions from the fifty high-ranking participants who represented state and economic sectors, as well as think tanks.

After these presentations, the Loisach Group participated in a side event at the Munich Security Conference to discuss “Defender Europe,” which is designed to train for collective defense of the Alliance within Europe in 2020.

"Defender Europe shows the continued commitment of the U.S. to Europe," Cavoli said.

The George. C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies has been formally cooperating with the Munich Security Conference since August 2017 in a forum called Loisach Group. This group is named after the river Loisach that runs through Garmisch and toward Munich. It symbolizes the ideas and recommendations that are developed in Garmisch and contribute to the MSC and help shape its content and discussions. The objective of the Loisach Group platform is to support the strategic German-American dialogue.

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Dr. Peter Tauber, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany, Loisach Group Meeting in Munich, 17 February 2019 (DoD photo by German Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler/RELEASED).

The sixth Loisach Group Meeting took place on Sunday, 17 February 2019 at the Munich Security Conference in Munich. Over the course of the last five decades, the Munich Security Conference has developed into the world’s leading forum for debate on international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges. Repeatedly rated as the “Best Think Tank Conference” in the world, the Munich Security Conference provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space. 

The Loisach Group is an established collaboration between the Munich Security Conference and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. It aims to strengthen partnership between the United States and Germany by bringing together a small group of leading security policy experts to discuss pressing transatlantic security issues. Since its first meeting in 2017, the Loisach Group has facilitated open and frank discussions on some of the most pressing security challenges the United States and Germany are facing, trying to pave the way for even closer cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

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The Loisach Group gathers at the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., 14 November 2018.

The Loisach Group, a collaborative platform that was established in 2017 to support the bilateral strategic dialogue between Germany and the United States, conducted its fifth meeting in Washington D.C. from 13 – 15 November 2018.

The event brought together a small group of leading security policy experts and practitioners at the Pentagon and State Department to discuss transatlantic defense and security issues.

The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to exchange views about some of the most pressing security challenges currently facing the United States and German in a very open, frank, and friendly atmosphere.

While the opinions and attitudes of the Loisach Group’s members vary, the overarching objective of this forum is to establish a more cohesive and cooperative transatlantic partnership. 

The participants firmly believe that Germany and the U.S. share common interests and that these interests are best served by pursuing common strategic solutions as Germany and the U.S. are always stronger together than divided.

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Ambassador Dr. Hans-Dieter Lucas, permanent representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO, talks about the upcoming NATO Summit 2018 to the participants of the Loisach Group The Representation of the State of Bavaria June 20 here. For more photos, visit the Marshall Center Photo Gallery. (DOD photo by Christine June)

By Christine June
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

BERLIN (June 25, 2018) – The Munich Security Conference and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Loisach Group discussed priorities and deliverables ahead of the NATO Summit 2018 during a meeting held June 20 and 21 at the Robert Bosch Foundation here.

“Our intent is to provide senior leaders with the results of our work to help guide their discussions when they meet in Brussels in July 11 and 12,” said Dr. Jack Clarke, the Marshall Center’s lead professor for the Loisach Group.

Enhancing the German and U.S. Partnership

The Loisach Group is a partnership created by the Marshall Center and the Munich Security Conference in August 2017. Clarke said the group focuses on enhancing the security partnership between the U.S. and Germany while promoting an enduring strategic dialogue between these partners.

“Loisach Group meetings is where we can talk about different opinions in open and frank discussions with a mixture of U.S. and European academic professionals, and civilian and military practitioners in an international atmosphere,” said retired German army Brig. Gen. Johann Berger, Marshall Center’s German deputy director. “We try in friendship, which the United States and Germany has had for more than 70 years, to come to grips with and find out possible results for current security challenges facing this partnership of the transatlantic alliance.”

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MUNICH (Feb. 19, 2018) – Commander of the German Army Lt. Gen. Jörg Vollmer participates in the panel discussion on the state of the German and U.S. strategic dialogue as part of the Loisach Group’s side event at the Munich Security Conference here Feb. 19. The Loisach Group is a collaboration between the Munich Security Conference and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, based in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Marshall Center photo by Christine June)

By Christine June
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

MUNICH (Feb. 22, 2018) – Just in the past five years, events like the Annexation of Crimea and political changes in the U.S. and Europe have some officials and members of civil society publicly voicing their concerns about the strength of the transatlantic alliance, even right down to the “backbone.”

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger referred to the German-American partnership as the “backbone” of the transatlantic alliance, and of the conference. He was speaking to members of the Loisach Group after their eight-hour, side event at the Munich Security Conference held here Feb. 19.

 

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Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz 2 - 6, 80333 München

Sunday 18 February 2018 

 

At the Munich Security Conference 2018, the LOISACH GROUP will host a roundtable discussion engaging senior German and American leaders, jour­nalists and academics to further strengthen the strategic dialogue by discussing the stra­tegic lessons identified by the MSC 2018 for the security partnership and then seeking to translate these lessons into practical steps to deepen the dialogue.