NATO Transformation and Operational Support in the Canadian Forces: Part 1: The Political Dimension
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) CENTRE FOR OPERATIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
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This Technical Report examines the political dimension of NATO transformation and how it may affect how the Alliance and the Canadian Forces approach the challenge of deploying and sustaining forces in the field. It constitutes one part of a two-part project on the politico-military transformation of the Alliance and operational support. The first part of the report defines key terms and explores the strategic environment in which NATO finds itself. The second part evaluates the status of the transformational process through the lens of recent strategic guidance, enlargement, outreach to individual and institutional partners, and current economic realities. Preliminary conclusions reveal that strategic developments have awakened policy-makers to the importance of operational support to current and anticipated missions, and that innovations in capability development may be realized in the face fiscal austerity.
- Military Forces and Organizations