Department of Defense officials announced the
United States will not participate in this year's Bright Star
exercise scheduled for September.
The decision was made in view of
continued operations in the global war on terrorism in Iraq,
Afghanistan and elsewhere by the United States and other nations,
said officials. The Bright Star exercise will not be held this
year. [We were unable to ascertain whether Bright Star is in fact
canceled altogether, or if US participation is merely withheld. The
words in this news item are the DoD's. We have requested
"This was an extremely difficult decision," said Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld. "Given our current worldwide commitments,
it seemed best to take a temporary break from this exercise, as we
did after Operation Desert Storm. Bright Star is one of our most
important exercises and reflects the value we attach to our strong
relationship with Egypt."
Bright Star is a combined exercise conducted
biennially since 1981 in which more than 70,000 troops from more
than 10 countries normally participate.
The department regularly evaluates the potential impact of
scheduled exercises on real-world operations. To date, 49 of 182
exercises originally intended this fiscal year have been canceled