NATO Conducts First Test Of "Russia Rapid Response Force"

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As Russia decries Washington’s “anti-Russian” foreign policy and alleged efforts by the US to undermine the global nuclear power balance — and as Congress and NATO do their best to confirm Moscow’s fears by voting to provide lethal aid to Kiev and by conducting military exercises along the Russian border, respectively — NATO is now set to test a new “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force,” which will see soldiers from the Czech army ready for deployment within two days. The latest NATO sabre rattling also involves German and Dutch forces and, as AP reports, is set to ramp up in the coming months:

NATO is completing a first testing of its new force created to face new challenges from Russia.


Some 150 soldiers from the Czech army's 43rd airborne battalion have been training to be ready for deployment within 48 hours "as NATO reevaluates the risks," Maj. Gen. Jiri Baloun said Thursday. The previous NATO standard times for that were between 10 and 80 days, Baloun said.


In the Netherlands, 900 German and 200 Dutch soldiers have been doing the same. The units will be moved for further trials to Poland in June while some 25,000 NATO troops will complete the exercise of the new force in Italy, Portugal and Spain in October and November.


The units belong to NATO's new Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

And here’s what NATO itself has to say about the endeavor:

NATO completed the first military drills for its new rapid reaction force, on Thursday (9 April 2015). From Tuesday (7 April 2015) through Thursday, more than 1,500 troops took part in exercise “Noble Jump,” designed to test whether troops assigned to NATO’s new Spearhead Force, or Very High Joint Readiness Task Force, could be ready to deploy 48 hours after receiving an order-to-move.


Across Europe, headquarters personnel from Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, Poland and Portugal tested their responses to NATO alert orders.  In the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, troops and equipment were assembled quickly at airfields and railway stations as if they were about to depart.  The units involved in this week’s exercise will also be involved in further trials in Poland in June.


“NATO military planners have been working tirelessly to enhance NATO’s Response Force and implement the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, and today our progress is manifested in the rapid deployments we see happening in locations across the Alliance,” said General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.  “These measures are defensive, but are a clear indication that our Alliance has the capability and will to respond to emerging security challenges on our southern and eastern flanks,” he said.


In response to the changed security environment in Europe, NATO leaders at the Wales Summit decided to create a new quick reaction military force designed to respond swiftly to new challenges on the Alliance’s southern and eastern borders. The high readiness force will include about 5,000 land troops, with supporting maritime, special operations and air units. Lead elements of the new force will be able to move in as little as 48 hours. The Spearhead Force is part of the Alliance’s larger NATO Response Force, which is being increased to a force level of around 30,000 troops.

So ultimately, this is an effort to show the Kremlin just how quickly NATO can have soldiers at the ready should Russia decide to demonstrate an intolerable amount of “aggression” in the Baltics. It turns out the answer is “in about 48 hours,” proving yet again that today’s geopolitical landscape is becoming ever more perilous on an almost daily basis. 

Meanwhile, the Kremlin is warning NATO against efforts to train the Ukrainian national guard. From RT:

Moscow is urging the removal of all foreign military formations from Ukraine, including the instructors from the United States and NATO, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.


“We know that hundreds of US and NATO servicemen are planning to come to Ukraine to train the National Guard. The training camps are being set up not only in western Ukraine, but also in other parts of the country. This is a dangerous process. We would push for all foreign and illegal military units to be removed from Ukraine,” Karasin said.

More color from NewsWeek on NATO's rapid deployment exercises:

"We are able to get everybody processed and supplied to be on the airplane within 48 hours," said Captain Rob Morsink, from the Dutch 11th Air Manoeuvre Brigade. "We basically confirmed that that's not an issue at all."


"We have 900 German troops being recalled to four garrisons right now and checking their ability to deploy," said Polish Colonel Mariusz Lewicki, a top NATO military planner.


After being given notice to deploy on Tuesday, the Dutch and Czech units recalled their soldiers to base and had the lead troops ready to move in as little as eight hours, Lewicki said.


Surprised by the speed of Russia's military intervention in Crimea last year, NATO leaders have approved wide-ranging plans to boost the alliance's defenses in eastern Europe and create a new "spearhead" rapid reaction force with 5,000 soldiers.


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FieldingMellish's picture

So... no end of day wrap up anymore?

cossack55's picture

What do the Russians call a NATO Rapid Reaction Force?


Speed bump

FieldingMellish's picture

I would have said "arms supplier" but speed bump works too.

ZerOhead's picture

That's for Obama's second Peace Prize after war breaks out...

Peter Pan's picture

If a force like that cannot respond within two hours they may as well stay home. Two days is a lifetime in these cases.

knightowl77's picture

I was in the 82nd Airborne during the Cold War days...we had units on 1 hour notice, 4 hour notice and 8 hour notice 24/7...


TWO Days? WTF!

FieldingMellish's picture

They have to be given time to finish their gift shopping. Its in their contracts.

Sudden Debt's picture

And in europe traffic is a bitch so 2 days is about right to get the typical response to the Russians.


knukles's picture

Don't forget guys, that not a single member of NATO except the USA has any meaningful airlift capacity, period, end of conversation.
Also, at last count just a few years ago, one of the NATO member armies actually had more barbers than front line combat soldiers.
What's needed is 24/7/356 immediate response necessity or just march like the Italians and quit kidding one's selves.

johngaltfla's picture

I get it. They want Putin to laugh himself to death.

TheReplacement's picture

Do not worry.  We understand.  Just sit tight and we will be there shortly. - Vlad

nope-1004's picture

EXACTLY my thoughts.  Two days?  Russia could roll over any European nation save Germany in a matter of hours.

ZerOhead's picture

Babysitters and funeral arrangementas are tough to put together on short notice...

jaap's picture

The Dutch in the last picture should be ashamed of themselves. The government knows they have made some serious mistakes with the MH17. Go provoke your friends in Kiev.

ZerOhead's picture

As always the soldiers are merely doing what they are ordered to do.

Didn't the Dutch Royal family support the Nazis in WW2?

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

That would be Prince Bernhard (of Bilderburg fame) who was a German SS officer who married into Dutch royalty.

Volkodav's picture

please avoid such exaggerations..

think before posting



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tony wilson and saturn zion devils (not verified) knightowl77 Apr 9, 2015 4:10 PM

i was in the 82nd airborne....



listen hater

you may have been in the 82nd airborne elite regiment and on a 1 hour notice.

but what the hell do you know about 2 day rest and recouperation before the big push.

do not question the superb conker ring techniques of the pole lack

jaap's picture

The "licht debiele brigade"?

Berspankme's picture

The gays in the military need time to put on their makeup

TheReplacement's picture

Do you know what happened when they had the lesbian brigade race the gay brigade to the front?

The lesbians got there lickity split.

The gays were still at home packing their shit.

giggler321's picture

>>we had units on 1 hour notice

>>TWO Days? WTF!


Soldiers are so yesterday's war.  Now it's a nuke with an IPhone app and Skype saying, Mr. president, it's your last chance to change the future or I send you my selfie and press the button.

Calmyourself's picture

Umm did you not notice they will be responding to the Brandenburg gate.

Calmyourself's picture

Fielding its not arms supplier anymore its "Yemen Dump"  lets try to keep up everyone...

SteveNYC's picture

Not even.......I wouldn't want to be a part of "The 5,000". No thanks.....

WhyWait's picture

No, "trip wire".  Send them in to get slaughtered in a lost cause (a disgustingly ignoble one, but the American public won't know) in order to justify a "real" war on Russia.

Freddie's picture

I hope they don't run into any 30 to 60 year old miners or farmers in the East Ukraine using 1930s anti-tank guns, AK-47s and some mortars.

ebworthen's picture

cossack55 said:  "...Speed bump"

LOL!  Exactly.  1,500 troops in those little buggies will be overrun in the blink of an eye.

The West appears to have no clue whether it involves:  history, diplomacy, or winning on the battlefield.

WWII was the last war the U.S. won, and it was done with a lot of Russian help and a lot more casualties on their end.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

USA won WWII?! Any evidence for that? The bankers won WWII. And the Russians were the first in Berlin, they have Hitlers skull to prove it.

Freddie's picture

The banksters also started WW2 - they always do. They back both sides.   Wars are for banksters and their cronies to get richer through mass murder.

ebworthen's picture

I should have put "won" in quotation marks.  All wars are bankster wars.

stant's picture

Yep my dad was at check point Charlie before they even called it that. Said all his armour div could have done was funnel them In to a kill shot by a tach nuke. Putin tanks will come thru tha Danube river vally and the fulda gap and be on the French border in two weeks unless it goes full blown canned sunshine. Ps don't think they would come thru the north German plane. logistics would suck

Freddie's picture

What is weird is I think Putin is too smart for that.  He seems to be more about free trade and building relationships with countries.  He knows empires end badly.   The Russians always laugh about the idea of conquering other lands.  They roughly say they have so much land in Russia - why do they want anymore.

I think if they went to Brussels and overthrew the EU-SSR - Europeans would be throwing flowers at Russian tanks.   Most Europeans with a brain would love to see Baroso and van Rompouy get Mussolini'ed.

stant's picture

It's called the great land mass. The us has no control there . We should have just done bizness there. And stayed out of their affairs

dogismycopilot's picture

There are still parts of Russia that have never seen a human being and are unexplored. 

HardAssets's picture

How do you say ' cannon fodder ' in multiple languages ?

Stoploss's picture

Looks like hurry up and get your ass shot off... Kinda Rapid Response.

Angusdude's picture

Wow!  I bet Mr. Putin is sitting in a corner sucking his thumb right now.  What a joke

Angusdude's picture

Advice to the Neocons and NATO.  Review the history of invasions of Russia by Napoleon and Hitler.  Napoleon's crack army reached about 700k at beginning of invasion of Russia, roughly 400k died and a ragtag remnant finally straggled back to France.  Hitler suffered a similar fate.  Both armies soundly routed.  How do we think NATO might do?

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Angusdude's picture

Advice to the Neocons and NATO.  Review the history of invasions of Russia by Napoleon and Hitler.  Napoleon's crack army reached about 700k at beginning of invasion of Russia, roughly 400k died and a ragtag remnant finally straggled back to France.  Hitler suffered a similar fate.  Both armies soundly routed.  How do we think NATO might do?

ZerOhead's picture

Hey... what could go wrong right?

Remember... Russian aggression in the Baltics unlike the current Russian attacks in the Ukraine automatically triggers NATO military involvement against Russia. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Potential for a false flag is high.

"Fuck the EU"   (Merkel & Hollande)

~ Victoria Nuland

unicorn's picture

i think its for much much more than just that.

think of all the unhappy people startin to go into the streets...

tenpanhandle's picture

Last picture:  trucks made by Tonka - small enough to be buried in.

BandGap's picture

I love it, wear camo ........... and a bright red flag or hat!