NATO ready to create the new JEF Joint Expeditionary Force operational before 2018 0709141
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|Sunday, September 7, 2014 06:12 PM|
|NATO ready to create the new JEF Joint Expeditionary Force operational before 2018.|
The UK agrees to launch a joint expeditionary force (JEF) with six other NATO member states, which will allow for the rapid mobilisation of 10,000 troops. A letter of intent, signed with partners from Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway, aims to develop the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) so that it is fully operational before 2018.
A British soldiers guards a strategic bridge on the route to Pristina.
The JEF is a pool of high readiness, adaptable forces that is designed to enhance the UK’s ability to respond rapidly, anywhere in the world, with like-minded allies, or on behalf of international organisations such as the UN or NATO.
The signing ceremony took place with all 28 defence ministers in Cardiff aboard HMS Duncan on 4 September at the NATO Summit. During the signing, discussions took place on how the agreement will allow the UK and JEF partners to continue with the excellent operational co-operation that has been achieved to date in places like Afghanistan.
The force will provide the UK’s focus for developing flexible, rapid response forces for NATO, or other coalition operations, to meet together the challenges of an unpredictable world. Through the UK-led JEF, a model for others to follow as well as a focus for fairer defence burden-sharing is being provided.