Germany Leads European Military Force of 7,000

Scripture tells us that the present EU will collapse and out of that will arise a ten nation federal European entity in which Germany will have a strong presence.  Each one of these nations will give control of its military and foreign affairs to a single leader so that the union will operate as a single entity.

Rev 17:12   And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 

This new entity will act as peace keepers in the Middle East and will enforce the coming Mideast peace agreement when the Israeli far right tries to sabotage that peace deal. 

 

The Bundeswehr plays a key role in the current restructuring of NATO’s rapid intervention force. The implementation of a “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force” (VJTF) of between 5,000 and 7,000 troops for future offensive operations, known as “Spearhead,” is an integral element in this process.

Half of the troops will be German. NATO’s Allied Joint Force Commander for Northern and Eastern Europe, German Colonel-General Hans-Lothar Domröse is in charge of the creation of the VJTF. According to Domröse, the objective is to get the western military alliance “into shape” for “waging wars in the 21st Century,” which is particularly expressed in the capacity “to be able to control a territorially limited destabilization by elusive subversive enemy forces.”

The core of the VJTF will be comprised of the Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371, which disposes of the most modern weapons systems and is stationed in Marienberg (Saxony). The unit has demonstrated its combat readiness in two maneuvers last year. Both maneuvers were to train for combating insurgent separatists – a scenario, the Bundeswehr describes as, “very realistic in the current political environment.”

Highest Relevance
According to the Bundeswehr, the creation of a “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force” (VJTF) within NATO’s Response Force (NRF) is of the “highest political relevance.”[1] Half of the 5,000 to 7,000 man strong unit will be comprised of German troops. The contingent will be prepared to engage in offensive operations anywhere in the world within a matter of two to five days. “The challenges to the current security policy in NATO’s eastern territory, as well as the crises in Northern Africa, Syria and Iraq have demonstrated that military reaction time must be appreciably shortened.” The ultimate objective is the control over the NRF, for which the VJTF will serve as its “spearhead.” “With Germany’s early engagement, there offers … the possibility of exercising decisive influence on the final configuration of NATO’s concepts.”[2]

The Porsche among Porsches
The creation of the VJTF is essentially under the command of German Colonel-General Hans-Lothar Domröse, the commander of NATO’s “Allied Joint Force Command,” headquartered in Brunssum, The Netherlands.

Domröse told the German press that the western military alliance “must be put into shape for possibly waging wars in the 21st Century.” “This includes defending against conventional attacks, as well as the capability of warding off cyber attacks or controlling territorially limited destabilization by elusive subversive forces.” Therefore, the VJTF only accepts those states “with the necessary hi-tech equipment and the correspondingly trained soldiers.” “The troops must be the best equipped and best trained and they must be on permanent alert, even on the weekend.” This, on the other hand, calls for “high investments,” especially since the the VJTF is “dependent upon a huge air fleet,” to “rapidly reach its mission locations.”[3] The unit will have not only ground troops, but sailors, troops from the air force along with “special forces” at its disposal, explained Domröse. “The VJTF is the Porsche among Porsches – that fast and that good.”[4]

Complete Range of Missions
The Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371, stationed in Marienberg (Saxony), which also made up this year’s German battle group in NATO’s Response Force, is the core of the German segment of the VJTF. These troops, under the command of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade 37, are equipped with the most modern weapons systems, including “Marder” armored infantry fighting vehicles, “Fennek” light armored reconnaissance vehicles, “Boxer” armored fighting vehicles, reconnaissance drones and night-vision equipment. During a recent visit to the Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371, Lt. Gen. Bruno Kasdorf, Inspector General of the Army, declared that it is planned for the unit “to be ready to move out within five to seven days, from early April on.”[5] The Mechanized Infantry Brigade 37 lays also claim to being prepared to cover “all ranges of missions,” including classical military combat operations, human intelligence by interrogation of combat zone civilians, setting up roadblocks and cordoning off “points of impact” as well as dispersing demonstrations.[6]
Realistic Counterinsurgency

Marienberg’s Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371 has already proven its operational readiness in two large-scale maneuvers, last year. Together with the I. German/Netherlands Corps, headquartered in Münster, the Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371 participated in the “Reliable Sword” maneuver conducted near Nieuw Milligen in late May 2014. The I. German/Netherlands Corps currently is in command of the NATO’s Response Force. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, this maneuver was based on the following scenario: “armed insurgents are endangering the stability of a fictitious country. The government of the country called on the international community for help in restoring domestic tranquility.”

The script included classical paratrooper operations aimed at militarily breaking the resistance of the insurgents. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[7]) Similar scenarios were played out in the September 2014 “Noble Ledger” exercise, in Elverum (Norway) with units of the mechanized infantry battalion 371. That scenario was also focused on military operations against separatists, allegedly responsible for an “illegal declaration of independence” for a province of a fictitious country. Clear resemblance to the Ukrainian situation was obviously intended. According to the Bundeswehr, the scenario seemed “very real in the current political environment.”[8]

High Operational Readiness
To implement NATO’s “Spearhead,” the Szczecin, Poland-based Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE), established by Germany, Poland and Denmark, would play a similar central role as Marienberg’s Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371. Under the alternating command of a German and a Polish general, the MNC NE will be upgraded to become the command authority for the VJTF. It will also be in command of the logistical bases, known as “NATO Force Integration Units” (NFIUs), which were set up in the Baltic countries, in Poland, Rumania, and Bulgaria in support of NATO’s “Spearhead.”

To this end, the MNC NE’s staff will be augmented to 400, one third of whom from the Bundeswehr. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[9]) It will simultaneously be upgraded to become the “headquarters for the high readiness forces,” and must be prepared to command combat operations within a “warning period” of 30 to 90 days.

In two tri-lateral accords, the defense ministers of Germany, Poland and Denmark have already confirmed that this will “enhance the capability to react to future threats and challenges.” In this context, western commentators, as a matter of course, refer to an alleged necessity for NATO’s eastern member states to defend themselves against Russian aggression. What they leave unmentioned is the fact that the tri-lateral MNC NE accords refer explicitly to “command responsibilities throughout the alliance’s mission spectrum” [10] – which includes global military interventions.

[1] Planungen für die VJTF: Frühzeitig einbinden – gemeinsam zum Erfolg führen. www.deutschesheer.de 25.02.2015.
[2] NATO-Speerspitze im Fokus: Testbed-Phase läuft an. www.deutschesheer.de 06.03.2015.
[3] Nato plant Elitetruppe gegen Bedrohung aus Osten. www.welt.de 07.11.2014.
[4] VJTF: Die NATO wird noch schneller. www.bmvg.de 16.10.2014.
[5] Panzergrenadierbataillon 371 in Marienberg für die Testphase VJTF einsatzbereit. www.deutschesheer.de 12.03.2015.
[6] NRF 2015: Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 bereitet sich vor. www.deutschesheer.de 09.12.2014.
[7] See Der deutsche Weg zur EU-Armee (III).
[8] Trainieren zum Reagieren: NATO Response Force 2015. www.deutschesheer.de 24.09.2014.
[9] See Ein Ring um Russland (II).
[10] Trilaterale Erklärung zum HQ Multinationales Korps Nordost auf dem NATO-Gipfel vom 4. bis 5. September 2014. Eine annähernd gleichlautende Erklärung verabschiedeten die Verteidigungsminister Deutschlands, Polens und Dänemarks beim Treffen der NATO-Verteidigungsminister am 5. Februar 2015 in Brüssel.

 

10 Apr: NATO’s “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force” (VJTF), with its significant contingent of German troops, will launch a series of maneuvers to prepare for its role as “Spearhead” in the alliance’s future war operations. A first “performance test” will be conducted until Friday, followed by the two-part “Noble Jump” exercises. The training will focus on alerting the elite troops and on their rapid relocation within NATO territory, with the official objective being to prevent “terrorists” from advancing onto the territory of an allied country and provoking a “government crisis.”

The culmination of this year’s maneuvers will be the “Trident Juncture” exercise in September. Twenty-five thousand soldiers are expected to participate, training for a war of intervention in a fictitious country at the Horn of Africa. The western troops will not only be confronting a guerilla army but will also encounter chemical warfare, food insecurity, and have to channel population displacements. According to NATO, “lessons” have been learned from the military operations in Afghanistan and the “contemporary conflicts” such as in Ukraine.

Performance Test
According to German specialized media, NATO’s “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force” (VJTF) is preparing for its role as “Spearhead” in future combat operations. About half of the 5,000 – 7,000 VJTF soldiers are German. The VJTF will have its first “performance test” beginning today, Tuesday, ending this Friday. Various NATO command staffs will participate in the so-called “Alert Exercise” including the I. German/Netherlands Corps, headquartered in Muenster (Westphalia). In May, the VJTF will be training in rapid relocation within the NATO area on the military training grounds in Munster (Lower-Saxony). According to the media, the objective of this elite unit, whose German core is comprised of the Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371 stationed in Marienberg (Saxony), is to “strengthen the deterrence of Russia.”[1]

Side by Side
A similar maneuver – “Noble Jump” – is scheduled for April and June in the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic. This “alert” exercise will focus on VJTF’s airlifted rapid relocation within the NATO territory. Referring to Ukraine’s civil war, a NATO spokesperson described this exercise’s goal as preventing “terrorists” from advancing onto the territory of an allied country and provoking a “government crisis.” The VJTF will work side by side “with the country’s police, security, and border authorities.”[2]

High Intensity Combat
In November, the “Multinational Corps Northeast” (MNC NE) which was established in Szczecin Poland by Germany, Poland and Denmark, will be training to take on its designated function as the command center of the VJTF. According to the MNC NC, which is currently being considerably expanded, (german-foreign-policy.com reported [3]), the “Compact Eagle” maneuver follows the scenario of restoring the “territorial integrity of a NATO member state.”[4] On the basis of computer-assisted simulations, “high intensity combat” will be exercised, the statement continues.[5]

Russia in the Crosshairs
The exercises in question take their orientation from the “Skolkan” scenario developed by NATO in 2013, and made public at the end of last year by Col. Gen. Hans-Lothar Domröse, the German NATO general primarily in command of the VJTF’s development. Media reports describe the scenario: “Following Estonian Hiiumaa Island’s invasion from the north, by the fictitious nation of ‘Bothnia,’ the enemy invaders had to be repelled.” The mission was carried out “in a civilian and an information environment,” which “was considerably determined by social networks,” the reports explain. “Particularly, with the emergence of disputes between those in favor and those opposed to the NATO operation, … the analysis of communication played a significant role in decision making.” As the media observers at the time concluded, even though comprehending the “Skolkan” scenario calls for a modicum of “abstraction capability,” however, when, for example, the simulated invaders are armed with Scud – D surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, it becomes clear “that Bothnia stands for Russia.”[6]

Lessons Learned
The “Sorotan” scenario, which will be enacted during NATO’s largest maneuver this year, dubbed “Trident Juncture,” will demonstrate the operational readiness of the VJTF. NATO, according to the scenario, will enact a military intervention in the fictitious region “Cerasia” at the Horn of Africa. “With desertification, dry aquifers, riparian disputes and an ever diminishing resource, Kamon, the aggressor country in the region, invades southwards in order to seize key dams in Lakuta, which was caught ill-prepared to counter the invasion.” As NATO’s planners further narrate, the “aggressive military dictatorship, Kamon” wages a “hybrid war,” which is particularly apparent by the fact that it denies “its true strategic goals.” Ultimately, in its intervention in aid of “Lakutas,” NATO finds itself confronted with a “complex threat environment” with “conventional and unconventional threats,” including “food insecurity, population displacements, cyber-attacks, chemical warfare, and information war.” These are the “lessons” that should have been learned from the military operations in Afghanistan and the “contemporary conflicts” such as in Ukraine.[7]

Highly Visible
The “Trident Juncture” exercise is scheduled from September 28 to November 6, at several locations in Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Involving more than 25,000 soldiers, it will be the largest maneuver “since the fall of the Berlin wall,” according to the US military. “For the NATO Alliance, this large-scale, highly visible exercise will be an ideal venue” to demonstrate its capabilities.[8] Its “Spearhead” is mainly comprised of Bundeswehr soldiers.

[1] Exercise Watch: Für den Kalender 2015. augengeradeaus.net 13.03.2015.
[2] NATO ramping up military exercises in 2015. www.janes.com 11.03.2015.
[3] See Ein Ring um Russland.
[4] One step forward to the exercise Compact Eagle 15. mncne.pl 27.11.2014.
[5] Life in Stavanger for the soldiers from HQ MNC NE. mncne.pl 13.12.2014.
[6] Nato-Übung mit politischer Botschaft. www.nzz.ch 08.11.2014.
[7] SOROTAN will challenge NATO against hybrid threats. www.jwc.nato.int 02.03.2015.
[8] USAREUR key enabler for NATO’s 2015 ‘flagship’ exercise Trident Juncture. www.army.mil 01.12.2014.

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