Resolute Support Mission (RSM): JFC Brunssum’s role, as the out of theatre operational command, is to provide appropriate command and control to the RSM, in Afghanistan. Designated a non-combat mission, NATO has established and is committed to providing a training, advisory and assistance function.
The legal framework for the RSM is provided by a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which was signed in Kabul on 30 September 2014; it was subsequently ratified by the Afghan Parliament on 27 November 2014. The SOFA defines the terms and conditions under which NATO forces are deployed in Afghanistan as part of Resolute Support, as well as the activities that they are set to carry out under this agreement.
enhanced Forward Presence (eFP): NATO has enhanced its forward presence in North-Eastern Europe, by deploying four multinational battlegroups to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. These battlegroups, led by the United Kingdom, Ca¬nada, Germany and the United States respectively, are robust, multinational, and combat-ready, demonstrating the strength of the transatlantic bond.
NATO Response Force (NRF): The NRF continues to provide NATO's primary response to emerging crises, disasters and other contingencies; as such, it is a key tool that drives transformation.
NRF capability includes an immediate collective defence response, disaster relief and the protection of critical infrastructure. Its troops have increased from approximately 20.000 to circa 40.000.
NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU): As part of NATO’s adaptation in response to security challenges from the east and the south, the Alliance has established eight Force Integration Units in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. These small headquarters help facilitate the rapid deployment of Allied forces to the North and Eastern flanks of the Alliance, support collective defence planning and assist in coordinating training and exercises.
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