NATO Response Force Activates for First Time in History

For the first time in its history, NATO is activating its Response Force (NRF) in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We have activated NATO’s defense plans to prepare ourselves to respond to a range of contingencies and secure Alliance territory, including by drawing on our response forces,” NATO heads of state and government said in a joint statement released Friday.

“We are now making significant additional defensive deployments of forces to the eastern part of the Alliance. We will make all deployments necessary to ensure strong and credible deterrence and defense across the Alliance, now and in the future.”

According to The Hill:

The leaders stressed the moves “are and remain preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory.”

The extraordinary move marks the first time NATO has activated the NRF, a multinational force comprised of around 40,000 land, air, maritime and special operations personnel the alliance can deploy on short notice as needed. All 30 members of NATO must agree to activate the force, which they did on Thursday.

The Pentagon in January put 8,500 U.S. troops on heightened alert for such a mission, and with the NRF now activated, those troops could soon be ordered to Europe to help bolster NATO countries near Ukraine. President Biden has stressed, however, that they will not go to Ukraine as it is not a member of the alliance.

Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Gen. Tod Wolters, the head of the NRF, called the force’s activation a “historic moment” according to a statement.

“They represent a flexible, combat credible force that can be employed in multiple ways and we are utilizing fully their inherent agility,” Wolters said. “These deterrence measures are prudent and enhance our speed, responsiveness and capability to shield and protect the one billion citizens we swore to protect.”

The force is still on standby and has not yet been deployed.

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Dale Brown
Dale Brown
2 years ago

First time in history!! Why? Who’s going to write the rest of this series? Oh what a web we weave!

Donald Nicholas
Donald Nicholas
2 years ago

So what they’re saying is that it’s all show and no go. I’ll bet you’ve really shook Putin up with your 40,000 lining up against his 190,000 in a way that in no way upset Vlad. And, of course, Germany won’t even OK really tough sanctions. Yeah, I’ll bet he’s quaking.

William Petite
William Petite
2 years ago

We have immoral leaders, along with being incompetent. There is something about all this, that doesn’t smell right. Putin is nuts, OK, we all know that, why are we still buying oil from Putin, and have been all along with Europe? Why haven’t we open up the keystone pipeline, and get back to energy independent, and exporting it. The Taliban are better off to fight the Russians, with all we gave them, then Ukraine. When things don’t make sense, it is because they are not. They create chaos, in order to change things for the worse, just look at what they did with the virus, they never pass up an opportunity to take away our God Given Rights.

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