Improving the Agility of the NATO Response Force (NRF)
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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Significant challenges impede North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Response Force NRF agility. NATO has not sufficiently advanced policy, doctrine, planning, task organization, unity of effort, funding, or strategic lift in order for the NRF to be operationally successful. Without significant advancements in these areas, the NRF will be limited in its ability to deploy combat formations within timelines of five to thirty days to theaters of operations located strategic distances from Europe. This paper provides a review of NATOs Cold War origins to its transition to expeditionary operations with the NRF a review of relevant NATO policy, funding, doctrine, and the planning process that shapes NRF operations and case analyses of NATOs past military operations both prior to and following the formation of the NRF.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics