What Is The Role Of The Armed Forces

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Power, in the international arena, is used to protect a nation’s interests by influencing potential competitors or partners. The most important instrument of power available to a nation-state is military power. The role of the armed forces is to protect and defend the country from the threats and enemies. Armed forces’ missions and tasks are written or derived from the Constitution and can slightly differ from country to country. For example, in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States is written "…provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare. . . .", which led to defining the role of the U.S. military as fighting and winning America’s wars with the objectives to promote and protect the U.S. national interests. …show more content…
To be more specific, regarding the deployment of national troops for the purpose of NATO, either to NATO-led missions and operations, or to fulfil requirements of Readiness Action Plan, Adaptation, and Forward Presence, nations are calculating the ways and the means of their participation. While facing the new security challenges (assertive Russia, growing instability in the Middle East and North Africa, ISIL), NATO responded decisively to reinforce its deterrence and collective defense posture, and to project stability beyond its borders. NATO is preparing to deploy four multi-national battalions in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and in Poland by the beginning of 2017. These battalions will be provided by framework nations and other contributing Allies on a voluntary, sustainable, and rotational basis. Contribution to these forces has been confirmed by framework nations and other Allies: Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia will contribute to the Canadian-led battalion in Latvia; Belgium, Croatia, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway will join the German-led battalion in Lithuania; Denmark and France will contribute to the UK-led battalion in Estonia, and Romania and the United Kingdom will join the US-led battalion in Poland. NATO is also increasing its presence in south-east Europe, with …show more content…
Smart Defense represents an innovative and cooperative way of thinking about generating the modern defense capabilities that the Alliance needs for the future. It also represents the opportunity for a transparent and cost-effective approach to meet essential capability requirements through the prioritization, specialization, and cooperation. At Chicago Summit in 2012, NATO adopted a comprehensive Smart Defense package which included more than 20 multinational projects. NATO member states are encouraged to work together to develop, acquire, operate and maintain military capabilities to carry out the Alliance’s essential core tasks agreed in NATO’s Strategic Concept. That includes harmonizing requirements, pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities and coordinating efforts better. Smart Defense projects cover a wide range of efforts addressing the most critical Alliance’s capability requirements such as cyber defense, ballistic missile defense, strategic airlift, joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, etc. Is Smart Defense acceptable and effective enough? On one hand, certainly yes, because all NATO members join and support this idea, and some of the projects initiated under this initiative are already done, and NATO meets its essential capability requirements. Smart Defense can be more beneficial to smaller states so they can develop some new capabilities. On the

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