NATO has taken significant steps to improve its response and defense capabilities. To this end, the NATO Response Forces (NRF) were restructured into the ready-to-use categories of Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF F - NATO spearhead), Initial Follow-on Forces Group and Follow-on Forces Group with different times to prepare the deployment readiness.
Another element of this package of measures is the permanent presence of smaller associations on a rotating basis on the periphery of the Alliance area as a "tripwire" to deter people. This includes the four multinational battle groups in the Baltic States and Poland. The deterrent effect of this “tripwire” requires the credible, instant ability to introduce as well as to provide initial and follow-up care to reinforcement and follow-up staff of the NRF.
The logistic system of the Bundeswehr
Initial and follow-up supplies are ensured by the Bundeswehr's logistics system. This requires a performance-oriented, joint armed forces network of basic and operational logistics of the military organizational areas, the armed forces administration, the economy, allies, the host nation and national and multinational agencies. The logistics of medical supplies is an integral part of the logistics system of the Bundeswehr. The interaction in the logistical network is generally coordinated across organizational areas and planned in cooperation with all organizational areas involved.
The preparation phases for the missions in the context of national and alliance defense are planned for German forces limited to one year, but due to the complexity and the demand for robustness, require the use of extensive logistical forces and resources from all organizational areas. This includes making use of the domestic capabilities available in Germany and, if necessary, mobilizing all available logistical forces, means and resources.
In addition to the relocation of personnel, equipment and supplies to the operational area using all modes of transport, the establishment and maintenance of continuous follow-up supplies from within Germany is an essential requirement for logistics. The supply and service routes in Germany and in the operational area are linked according to the principle of a resilient and continuous chain, which functionally connects the logistical base inland and the logistical base in the field with the involvement of military and civil facilities as well as service providers and through the use of available, appropriate transport infrastructure .
In the context of national defense / alliance defense (LV / BV), the needs of operational logistics are covered from a logistic network of the logistic base in the operational area (LogBasis i. E.). This logistical network consists of a "quasi stationary part" with heavy logistic battalions (LogBtl) in the rear area of the operational area and a "relocatable" part, the light LogBtl of the armed forces base - several so-called logistic nodes.
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