Accession Number : ADA309439

Title :   Multinational Force Structures in NATO.

Descriptive Note : Strategy rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Stelz, Gerhard

PDF Url : ADA309439

Report Date : 22 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : There is unanimous consent that multinational military alliances or coalitions will be the primary way to go to war in the future. Multinational forces are becoming ever more important as an instrument of crisis management, both politically and militarily. Today, security and freedom of action are guaranteed not by national autonomy and sovreignty, but by integration. It makes little sense, therefore, not to have well-established multinational formations in a peacetime. NATO has already decided increasingly to rely on multinational forces as part of its New Strategic Concept. Almost all NATO countries are contributing to multinational forces, including the United States. This article will shed some light onto the subject of 'multinational forces', highlight some of their advantages as well as disadvantages, and dare to speculate on their future. The essay argues in favor of continuing to broaden and deepen multinational formations, an effort which has been relatively successful so far. The main thesis of this essay is that the newly created multinational corps and divisions of NATO are a vital means to ensure Western security in the 21st Century.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *CRISIS MANAGEMENT, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *MILITARY PLANNING, WARFARE, PEACETIME, THESES, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL).

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE