NATO's Bold New Concept - CJTF
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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NATO is modifying its decades-old integrated military structure to create rapid deployment combined joint task forces CJTFs. For Americans the task force concept is scarcely new--it was a staple of U.S. doctrine even before the Goldwater-Nichols DOD Reorganization Act directed that greater emphasis be given to joint and combined warfare. Other NATO members have also used the concept in such places as Zaire 1991, the Persian Gulf 1991, and Falklands 1982. In fact, NATO itself relied on joint and combined doctrine for collective defense throughout the Cold War. Why is the CJTF initiative news What is unique--unprecedented in military doctrine--is NATOs bid to incorporate the task force concept, which is traditionally used for ad hoc coalitions as a modus operandi of a standing alliance. NATOs forte has been robust, highly integrated but static military structures with a fixed mission. The task force concept is characteristic of short term, quick-reaction contingency forces created and deployed for a specific crisis. If successful, the NATO CJTF will be a hybrid capability that combines the best attributes of both coalition and Alliance forces rapid flexible crisis response and a trained, ready multinational force backed by an in-place infrastructure. CJTF will be a stand-by capability for conducting peacekeeping and peace-enforcement operations. It will be a multinational force, seasoned by regular exercises and trained in common procedures, ready to respond in time of crisis.
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