The European Union's pledge to have a 60,000-man rapid reaction force ready for deployment by 2003 will be a huge airlift challenge for national air forces that are struggling to meet this daunting task through new procurement and better utilization of existing assets. Most European air forces have already been pushed to their limits during recent humanitarian and military operations. Rapidly deploying and sustaining the large task forces envisioned under the EU plan for upwards of ...

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