Accession Number : ADA127635


Title :   The Sixteenth Nation: Spain's Role in NATO,


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC RESEARCH DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Heiberg,William L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a127635.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1983


Pagination or Media Count : 92


Abstract : In 1982, Spain became the first nation in more than a quarter of a century to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This historic event, however, has not silenced discussion on the implications of Spanish membership of the future of this security alliance. The author examines the benefits accruing to the alliance as a result of Spanish membership. From the military standpoint, Spanish ground, naval, and air forces will moderately increase NATO strength. Spanish territory adds substantially to NATO's rear area for conventional war-fighting purposes. Other gains are longer-range and more geopolitical in nature: possible improved relations with the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America; a bolstering of the image of NATO as a viable alliance; and new strategic options for NATO planners. On the other hand, were Spain to withdraw from the alliance-perhaps as a result of Spanish politics-the damage may outweigh the gains offered by NATO's sixteenth nation.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *SPAIN , ECONOMICS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , POLITICAL ALLIANCES , POPULATION , GEOPOLITICS , DEFENSE PLANNING , WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL) , POLITICAL PARTIES , WESTERN EUROPE


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE