Equipping the rapid reaction force - Options for and constraints on a European defence equipment strategy

Release date: 2003-08

In 2002 the authors were asked to, and duly submitted, a report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defense Policy entitled ‘Equipment for EU Crisis Management’ (Pullinger, Quille, Mawdsley et al, 2003). That report overviewed the pertinent key issues related to understanding the European Union (EU) Crisis Management debate in the context of ESDP, examined relevant military equipment and capabilities, and provided guidance on where capability shortfalls occur and how deficiencies might be rectified. This paper is a revised, extended and more analytical version of that report. It discusses the capabilities the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) requires but sites these in the contemporary policy debate as the likely roles and needs of the RRF have changed since it was originally planned.