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NATO’s Ability to Respond to Crisis: the New Rapid Reaction Force

29 Sep 2014 Security Watch

What capabilities should NATO’s new ‘spearhead force’ have in order to respond to crises? As Brett Friedman sees it, the force must combine ‘middleweight’ fighting ability with strategic flexibility and rapid-deployability, which means that it should be modeled on the US Marine’s Expeditionary Brigade. More on «NATO’s Ability to Respond to Crisis: the New Rapid Reaction Force»


Hindu Kush Mountains, courtesy of James Gordon
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Water Pressures in Central Asia

29 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Why do Central Asian nations continue to have problems with water security? According to the ICG, frail states and disputed borders are to blame. That’s why it’s time to adopt a new strategy that stresses modest bilateral agreements rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. More on «Water Pressures in Central Asia »


Husky patrol vehicle is loaded onto a C-17 transport aircraft
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International Defense Industrial Cooperation – Acting on Opportunities in Testing Times

26 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Western defense spending remains a casualty of the 2008 financial crisis. Today, Lewis Hedge and others look at how enhanced defense-industrial cooperation might help protect the strategic interests of cash-strapped nations. More on «International Defense Industrial Cooperation – Acting on Opportunities in Testing Times»