NATO Response Force ready for action

September 2004
Interavia Business & Technology;Autumn2004, Vol. 59 Issue 677, p30
NATO's Response Force has reached in 2004 initial operational capability and is now ready to take on the full range of missions where and when the Alliance decides to use it. According to NATO, the NRF combines elite land, air and sea units into a single force that can be deployed anywhere in the world in five days and sustain itself for up to a month on a wide range of missions. These might include collective defense, managing the consequences of natural or man-made disasters, serving as an 'initial entry' force for a larger follow-on force, or to demonstrate the Alliance's determination and ability to act effectively in the early stages of a crisis.


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