Accession Number : ADA263842

Title :   The French Rapid Action Force: An Original Concept Which Has Proven Its Effectiveness.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : De Quenetain, Guy H.

Report Date : FEB 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Created in 1983, the French Rapid Action Force (FAR) appears to be a new military tool France needed, built to answer two major problems: in Europe, the early and strong commitment of forces to NATO, while preserving the French freedom of action to support its strategy of 'dissuasion,' and the disposal of forces immediately available for overseas involvements. The present study explains the development of the concept, describes the current situation of the FAR in French National Defense Policy, in NATO strategy, and in overseas operational preparation and control. Command, organization, and components are also described.... France, Army, France, Military policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Descriptors :   *FRANCE, *NATO, *MILITARY TACTICS, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), ARMY, CONTROL, EUROPE, OVERSEAS, POLICIES, STRATEGY, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL).

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE