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By John Chipman

This publication analyses the interior resources of overseas coverage inside of these NATO states whose fundamental safety matters lie within the southern region of the Alliance. It takes a cautious examine international and defence coverage formula and assesses the distinct viewpoint of every of those international locations inturn and the army threats that they face. cognizance is paid to the position of the army in society, specially within the geographically peripheral states, because the Alliance seeks to evolve to a potential shift southward of a few of its safety matters. a whole figuring out of the politics in each one of those states is vital to figure out the relative value of nationwide and Alliance priorities in each one nation because the tensions among exterior rules and inner prerequisites elevate. The ebook bargains an evaluation of evolving safety requisites within the southern zone and of the means of NATO Mediterranean states to deal separately and jointly with the altering scenario.

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Given the divided theatres of possible battle, it is clear that initial defence in the Southern Region must be national. The forces of each country must be able to resist an aggression at least long enough for reinforcements to arrive or for NATO authorities to warn an aggressor that continued action could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. Clearly, the priority must be on improving local defence capacities and the ability to integrate reinforcements efficiently. 39 NATO AND THE SECURITY PROBLEMS OF THE SOUTHERN REGION To counter a possible Soviet land attack, the Greek and Turkish armies maintain in peacetime quite large forces, totalling roughly ten divisions stationed in a very narrow area.

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For some time the Senior NATO Logisticians Conference (SNLC) has recommended that a major stockpile of matériel be built up in the Southern Flank and placed under the control of a NATO command. But this has not yet been decided on, and therefore there are considerable local weaknesses that must be repaired. This not only puts a premium on local forces holding out until reinforcements arrive but also makes it essential that NATO be able to signal appropriately early in a 40 NATO AND THE SECURITY PROBLEMS OF THE SOUTHERN REGION crisis that there will be a military response to aggression, so that conflict may be avoided.

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