NATO Transformation and Operational Support in the Canadian Forces: Part 2: The Military and Institutional Dimensions
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) CENTRE FOR OPERATIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
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This Technical Report examines the military and institutional dimensions of NATO transformation and how they may affect how the Alliance and the Canadian Forces approach the challenge of deploying and sustaining forces in the field. It constitutes the second part of a two-part project on the transformation of the Alliance and operational support. The first sections of this report define key terms and explore briefly the strategic environment in which NATO finds itself. The subsequent sections evaluate the status of the transformational process through the lens of the new military task set that the Alliance must deal with, the NATO Response Force, multinational support programs, and the internal architecture of the Alliance itself. As the Alliance will inaugurate a new Strategic Concept before the end of 2010, each section attempts to look into the near to determine what implications these transformational trends and concepts will have for the Alliance and the CF. Conclusions reveal that although a degree of strategic and especially financial uncertainty hovers over both entities, the support and sustainment challenge can be met through a mixture of collaboration and innovation.
- Military Forces and Organizations