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NATO The North Atlantic alliance wants to double the size of its rapid reaction force

Translated Friday 14 August 2015, by Adrian Jordan

This week, The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will approve a doubling in size of its rapid reaction force, Jens Stoltenberg, general secretary of the alliance, announced yesterday.

Its force will be strengthened by “30,000 to 40,000 men”. NATO created the rapid reaction force in 2002. It can be deployed in a faster manner than principal forces. According to the secretary general, the Ukrainian crisis and Russia’s support of the pro-Russian separatists are behind these changes. Last September the alliance’s heads of state and government approved, in principle, a faster, lighter, force – a “spearhead” force, composed of 5,000 men. On Wednesday and Thursday, at the alliance’s European headquarters in Brussels, a ministerial meeting should approve these plans in the presence of the new American defence secretary, Ashton Carter.


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