A look at the Defence news 8 – 13 January

The 1 German-Netherlands Corps in Münster is currently the Land Component Command for the NATO Response Force (NRF). The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), also known as the spearhead force, is part of the NRF. The headquarters is capable of directing NRF land units worldwide at short notice and will be on stand-by during 2019.

Bauer advocates more effective UN missions

Intelligence reports regarding the nature, composition, intention and position of armed groups are highly valuable to the commanders of UN missions. That is one of the lessons that can be learned from the UN mission in Mali, which commenced five years ago. Admiral Rob Bauer, the Chief of Defence, recently made this comment in The Hague during the preparatory conference on peace missions.