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NATO Chief Proposes Rapid-Deployment Training Force

NATO Chief Proposes Rapid-Deployment Training Force by Paul Sonne, Wall Street Journal

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization outlined plans to create an at-the-ready crew of trainers prepared to deploy at a moment’s notice to help local forces aligned with the military alliance.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has pressed for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to enable local forces to protect their own countries rather than deploying large numbers of alliance troops to front lines. But he said Wednesday that the military alliance must conduct needed training more swiftly and effectively.

“Training matters. In the fight against terrorism, building local capacity is one of the best weapons we have, and the earlier we can do it, the better,” Mr. Stoltenberg said. “A few months can mean the difference between a fragile state and a failed state.” …

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