The Case for U.S. Participation in NATO Multinational Corps
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The massive political changes underway in Europe have necessitated a rethinking of U.S. strategy and force structure in NATO. Two guiding requirements are clear. First, the Federal Republic of Germany must lose its characterization of singularization brought on by the presence of a sizeable number of allied forces stationed on its soil. Second, it is absolutely imperative that the U.S. Army remain stationed in Europe in order to guard against residual Soviet military threats and assuage Bonns neighbors of its continued benign external intentions. The solution to both challenges is the organization of multinational corps in NATO in the Allied Forces Central Europe AFCENT command area, accompanied by the abolishment of CENTAG and NORTHAG with multinational corps reporting directly to AFCENT. This study describes the political rationales for the creation of multinational corps in NATO, and presents a national corps structure for the AFCENT region. It also argues the case for the organization of special functional multinational corps to meet future European and U.S. security requirements.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics