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Can NATO’s new Very High Readiness Joint Task Force deter?

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  • Jens Ringsmose
  • Sten Rynning
When NATO-allies met at their Wales summit in September 2014, the D-word was back in vogue. Not in a muttering, shy or implicit way, but unambiguously and straightforward. For the first time in more than two decades NATO’s heads of states and governments openly discussed how best to “deter” a distinct strategic rival – Russia. Chief among the Welsh summit initiatives was the decision to set up a new multinational spearhead force – the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) – as part of an enhanced NATO Response Force (NRF) and within the framework of a so-called Readiness Action Plan (RAP). In this article, we examine the dimensions of NATO’s deterrence posture and the VTJF. We argue, that the Alliance has taken important first steps toward establishing credible deterrence, but it needs to do more. Credible deterrence requires not only adequate military capacities, such as the VJTF; it equally requires a proper doctrine that pulls the capacities credible together and then a culture of decision-making and communication that establishes NATO’s reputation for resolve.
TitelNATO and Collective Defense in the 21st Century: An Assessment of the Warsaw Summit
RedaktørerKarsten Friis
Udgivelses stedNew York
Publikationsdatomar. 2017
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-415-78629-4
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-315-22785-6
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2017

    Forsknings- og udviklingsområder

  • NATO, Strategi
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