NATO is preparing for war. Member countries, including Canada, are taking part in realistic, live-fire exercises in Denmark. Thousands of soldiers are involved. They belong to the NATO Response Force. The Force is rehearsing for the tough urban warfare that NATO says our world is likely to face.
NATO Response Force: Political Deftness, Economic Efficiency, Military Power
America's geo-strategic position over the last century has given it a rich experience with expeditionary warfare, rotational systems and graduated readiness. Consequently, Allies can obtain data that shows, for example, optimal rotation lengths, readiness windows and organization and structures. Unfortunately, this experience and data may not be applicable to NATO's collective understanding of an NRF concept. Differing ideas about NRF missions and structures are the crux of the current problem. National considerations based on recruitment, training, assignments, structures and most importantly budgets will require adjustments in the US proposal.
The structures needed to support an NRF concept, for example, may grow beyond that originally envisioned by the United States. Is their one NRF or two? Or three? Or, is a new NRF to be generated for every rotation, ad infinitum. One NRF could likely be created in a matter of days just by having nations come together to conduct a force generation conference. But to achieve the desired level of readiness and the lethality (and then maintain them indefinitely) NATO nations require enough forces and headquarters to maintain one NRF ready to go into action within days, one NRF undergoing training and certification, and another NRF being generated from forces not included in either of the first two "rotations" (or in a recovery or refit cycle). Considering that each rotation will involve about 20,000 personnel, the complete package could easily require 60,000 people
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