The New SHAPE of the Atlantic Alliance
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The new streamlined military structure that has emerged under the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe SHAPE is a worthy successor to the organization which kept the peace for more than four decades. Today it has both a crisis response center and a joint operations center and provides oversight and guidance to components of Allied Command Europe ACE, including Stabilization Force SFOR in Bosnia. In addition, SHAPE has developed a strong European security and defense identity ESDI within a broader transatlantic framework. This transformation did not occur overnight but has been underway over the last three years. Because of these changes SHAPE and ACE now can respond to crisis or conflict across a full range of contingencies--from humanitarian or peace operations to collective defense. SHAPE will ensure that the Alliance is not soft anywhere or anytime it is committed--from peace operations to collective defense. This article details changes in this dynamic headquarters and the role which it is now playing for the Alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO.
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