Georgia to be included in NATO rapid reaction force
11 December, 2014
Georgia to be included in NATO rapid reaction force
The Ministry of Defense of Georgia released official information that the first ‘Alpha’ infantry brigade of the 12th Battalion of the Georgian Armed Forces finished preparation for inclusion in the NATO Reaction Force. Preparation of the forces began last August and it was carried out in Georgia as well as in Germany.

The inclusion of the Georgian combat division in NRF (NATO Reaction Force) in 2015 was decided last year when Irakli Alasania was the defense minister. At that time
it was assessed as a big step toward Georgia’s alliance membership.
But after Russia’s assault on Ukraine, NATO leadership finally sobered up and decided to promptly reform the Response Force. If up until now the NRF were proud of participation in mopping up the 2005 Hurricane Katrina damages, from now on for “Rapid Reaction” NATO needs real combat units ready for quick operations to react to possible threats as quickly as possible, for instance in the eastern-most part of the alliance – the Baltic countries – in case Russian tanks invade the territory.
By the end of 2015 a three to four thousand-strong quick response force must be set up containing German, Dutch and Norwegian militaries (possibly as a brigade). Of course, one single operative unit can’t resist the threat posed by Russia but as it seems, this may be the beginning.
It was planned from the beginning that Georgian military units would be included in the NATO Reaction Force but if Brussels decides to reform the NRF the Georgian forces may be included in the new type of Reaction force that will have to participate in combat operations instead of battling with nature.
All this is very important (at least because the already-trained Georgian brigade may be backed by other Georgian military units) but our readers may pose the question: “Ok, we assisted the Americans in Iraq, assisted NATO in Kosovo and Afghanistan, as well as the French in Central Africa and now we’ll stand beside the NRF, but if Georgia faces its own threat (as in August 2008) will the NRF be there to protect us?” The question is indeed a valid one.
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