Reuters: NATO Announces ‘Spearhead’ Force, Increase in Naval Capacity

September 1, 2014 – In a news conference today, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organization is developing what he called a “spearhead” force of potentially thousands of troops that could respond to crises on short notice. The organization will also increase its naval capabilities.

From the report:

“A senior NATO official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the spearhead force could range from ‘a very small size up to something potentially as large as a brigade size’. A NATO brigade typically numbers between 3,000 and 5,000 troops.
“The official said the force would be able to deploy to a crisis zone in just two days. Other NATO sources said however that some elements of the force might take longer to arrive.
“Currently it takes five days for the first units of NATO’s rapid reaction force to arrive.”

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