Learning the lessons of Afghanistan, Europe mulls establishment of rapid intervention force

The EU is considering establishment of such a force made up of 5,000 troops 

Learning the lessons of Afghanistan, Europe mulls establishment of rapid intervention force

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Europe is trying to learn and implement the lessons of Afghanistan. At a meeting of European Union defense ministers in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, Josep Borrelll, the EU's foreign policy chief, said "Afghanistan has shown that deficiencies in our strategic autonomy come with a price and that the only way forward is to combine our forces and strengthen not only our capacity but also our will to act."

The Janes website reported that the EU is considering establishing a rapid reaction intervention force, and will decide soon on how to use such a force in the future. There is an intention to raise the level of readiness among military forces on the continent, including via joint maneuvers and the establishment of new mechanisms such as the first European rapid intervention force, which will be made up of 5,000 troops.  

The defense and security bodies of the EU are supposed to finalize the union's "strategic compass" program, which will set the EU's security orientation for the next two decades, including analysis of its military goals, by November 16.    

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