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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker crew chiefs wait as aircrew members conduct pre-flight checks in support of Exercise Noble Arrow, Oct. 14, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Developed to train NATO forces through air operations in a realistic high-threat environment, the exercise provide component-level force integration training for NATO Response Force assigned units.

NATO’s forces exercise to gauge readiness.

Interoperability and Integration

January 2015, Number 06.01

“NATO has stood as the primary guarantor of European security for more than 65 years. With the end of the Cold War, however, the most substantial security threat dissipated. Nevertheless, the current instability of Europe’s security environment necessitates a renewed focus on NATO and operational readiness. Such increased readiness is demonstrated by the Alliance’s collective security presence, command and control, and quick deployment of responsive forces. A robust capacity from all member nations and interoperability are key components.

The United States supports partner nation capacity building and increased NATO interoperability. Central to this approach is the NATO Response Force (NRF), a high readiness and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, sea and special forces components that the Alliance can quickly deploy wherever needed. To certify the NRF in 2014, the Alliance conducted a series of exercises (Noble Arrow, Noble Justification and Noble Mariner) across the European theater. These separate component-level air, sea and land exercises...”

Excerpt from 603RD Air And Space Operations Center, “Interoperability and Integration,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 1, 2015: 44-45.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.