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NATO Plans Early Start-Up of New Force

NATO said today that it would be able to deploy elements of a new strike force for high-intensity combat in mid-October, a year ahead of the deadline it had set. Officials said the military force, proposed by the United States to adapt the cold war alliance to new security threats, could grow to 25,000 troops. The force’s rapid-response brigade, however, is expected to have no more than 6,000 troops. “We can’t talk about definite numbers and figures at this point, but with the great enthusiasm of NATO nations we will be able to meet the challenging deadline to stand up an initial, credible force,” Adm. Rainer Feist, the deputy supreme allied commander for Europe, said in a statement. Full Story

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