Steady progress toward creating a common European defense capability is leading military leaders to reassess Europe's ability to project and support such a force. The European Council has set a target deployment date of 2003 for a joint rapid reaction force, which is to be the centerpiece of this new capability. Three elements have been approved so far: -- A NATO Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). -- The European Air Group, encompassing airlift and ...

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