NATO has just transferred its military requirements to the European Commission for the latter to absorb into its Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) infrastructure investment programme and future incorporation into EU calls for proposals to industry.
The transfer is part of the much larger EU-NATO military mobility game plan to boost the ability of the alliance and national governments to rapidly deploy their military assets across land, sea, and air transport networks.
The Commission’s benchmark for any TEN-T investment that supports NATO will be whether it offers dual-use exploitation since the programme’s funding is not intended for pure military infrastructure.
Nonetheless, as a NATO official told Jane’s on 8 February, “the potential of the EU to cater for the military via TEN-T is huge”.
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