Buildup of NATO Armed Forces: Record of the Past 20 Years (Ongoing Euro-Atlantic "Revolution in Military Affairs")

Author: L. MAKK

Maj. Gen. L. MAKK, Hungarian Armed Forces, Doctor of Military Sciences

Laszlo MAKK was born in Kecskemet, Hungary, on March 31, 1960. He graduated from the Higher Engineering Antiaircraft Missile School of the Air Defense Troops in Minsk, Belarus (1984); a NATO Peacekeeping Course in Oberammergau, Germany (1995); international security courses EC-I in London, UK (1996), and EC-II in Sofia, Bulgaria (1996); a course at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, U.S. (1997); and a NATO course for top commanding officers in Brussels, Belgium (2005).

Laszlo Makk served in various positions in the Hungarian armed forces. Between 1992 and 1998 he was a security policy expert at Hungary's Defense Ministry; in 1998 to 2001 he was a staff officer at NATO's Southern Europe Command; and between 2001 and 2008 he was military adviser to the Hungarian president.

He has been head of the NATO Military Liaison Mission in Moscow since April 2008.

Abstract. The author examined the transformation of the NATO military and political bloc over the past 20 years and major integration processes termed cumulatively Force Planning (employment of forces and weapons) going on in this organization.

Keywords: NATO, NATO countries, defense potential, peacekeeping operation, military cooperation, transformation, strategic concept, DCI.

The military potentials of the United States and European NATO countries are vastly different, which explains why each Alliance country pulls its weight

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depending on what forces and weapons its national army has and what it can contribute to support a NATO operation or mission. It is generally acknowledged that the U.S. has an overwhelming military potential in NATO and exercises an overbearing influence on many processes of NATO transformation. Over the past 20 years, the ongoing NATO transformation has been driven by the U.S. desire to narrow the existing gap between the potentials and combat readiness standards of the U.S. armed forces and the European countries' armies ...

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