Operational Implications of the NATO Strategic Concept 2010 for European Countries in NATO and the EU
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Multinational operations under the direction of both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO and the European Union EU have become the norm rather than the exception. In the light of an emerging partnership between these organizations, this paper analyzes the NATO Strategic Concept 2010 and assesses its consequences for the operational level of war and effective operational art in multinational operations. Because of changed fiscal realities in Europe there is a widening strategic military capability gap between the United States and European countries, and an increasing divergence between multinational ambitions and the reality of national military capability planning. The most significant outcomes for effective operational art in multinational operations are the following first, the operational level of war needs to integrate civilian planning in campaign design, which requires an adaptation of NATOs command structure and its operational level doctrine second, the study argues for an adaptation of existing NATO standardization agreement provisions for efficient operational logistics in multinational operations and enhanced tactical military training among European countries and third, this will require a high effort in armament cooperation to make military equipment more interoperable. In this field, the European Defense Agency has great potential to become a key actor.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics