EU's future rapid reaction force needs new solutions to overcome historical obstacles
18 November 2021
by Brooks Tigner
Forging a viable ‘rapid deployment capability' (RDC) of up to 5,000 troops lies at the heart of the European Union's new draft strategy blueprint, known as the Strategic Compass, but many potential stumbling blocks lie in the way. Common funding for the RDC's exercises and deployment, faster decision-making, and focused capability development among the member states will be acid tests of its success.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, are pictured disembarking from a CH-47F Chinook attached to the 5th Aviation Regiment. On 2 December the Australian Army established a new Aviation Command Unit. (Commonwealth of Australia)
The Australian Army launched on 2 December a command unit to optimise its aviation assets and support improved co-ordination across the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, said at a ceremony in Canberra that the new Army Aviation Command will enhance the service's resilience and adaptability, and ensure its training systems are “agile and contemporary”.
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