NATO's Defense Capabilities Initiative: A Strategic Analysis   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the thesis abstract: "NATO's Defense Capabilities Initiative (DC I) is a program to ensure that the Alliance has conventional military forces that are designed and equipped for 21st Century missions. The Alliance launched the program to develop allied defensive capabilities in five areas. The areas identified for focus are: effective engagement; deployability and mobility; sustainability and logistics; survivability; and command, control, and communications. An analysis of the DCI will determine if the areas identified for focus are considered clear objectives by Alliance nations; what the priorities are for attainment of these objectives; Alliance management and structure to attain these objectives (analyze High Level Steering Group (HLSG) oversight); and resource allocation/management toward objectives. This analysis will conclude that the DCI objectives are either attainable or unattainable. Based on this analysis, adjustments to enable attainment will be recommended and causes for possible failure will be identified. Additionally, a short discussion on the DCI objectives and the Army's Objective Force will illuminate that without timely attainment of the DCI objectives the military capabilities gap between the U.S. and NATO Europe will grow exponentially."

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