Accession Number:

ADA512988

Title:

Joint Task Force East and Shared Military Basing in Romania and Bulgaria (Occasional Paper, Number 21)

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

GEORGE C MARSHALL CENTER APO AE 09053 EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES

Report Date:

2009-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Joint Task Force East JTFE, the framework for shared use of select military bases in Romania and Bulgaria, marks a major milestone in Americas military presence in Central and Southeast Europe. Following previous, more limited deployments across the region, U.S. forces are poised to become long-term fixtures in both countries under renewable, 10-year agreements signed in late 2005 and early 2006. The arrangements potentially serve as representative models for similar efforts in other countries. All three governments have hailed their new cooperation as of great strategic, even historic, significance. For the United States, it exemplifies the broader transformation of defense capabilities and relationships. For Romania and Bulgaria, it manifests integration into the Euroatlantic West. However, translating the original hopes and vision for JTFE into reality has proven slower and more difficult than expected. Further internal and external challenges remain. In the face of a certain loss of momentum, the ultimate success and durability of the initiative rests on maintaining realistic expectations, adapting to evolving security realities, improving intra-governmental coordination, and integrating U.S. presence within multilateral frameworks. The monograph is divided into the following sections America Comes Knocking Romanian and Bulgarian Reception Negotiations Implementation and Assessment and Recommendations, including Expectations, External Reaction, and The Way Ahead.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE