Additional Plans of Integration
The participation of the 11th Airborne Brigade from the Netherlands was also essential in the “Reliable Sword” maneuver. The 11th Airborne is now being placed under German DSK command. Evidently, this cooperation model will soon be further expanded. The 43rd Mechanized Brigade of the Netherlands is to merge into the Bundeswehr’s 1st Cavalry Division. According to the German armed forces, both units recently held a “workshop,” wherein DSK staff officers reported on “the meaning of a major German unit’s expanded cooperation with its counterpart from the Netherlands.” The Bundeswehr even has a direct influence on the training of soldiers from the Netherlands. They are being instructed in the use of the armored-howitzer 2000 at the Bundeswehr’s artillery school in Idar-Oberstein. That weapons system, produced by the German arms manufacturers Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall, known for its devastating destruction, was last used in Afghanistan.
The German armed forces praise its cooperation within the framework of the European Air Transport Command (EATC) as particularly “effective.” That unit stationed in Eindhoven (Netherlands) coordinates the missions of the air transport fleets of EU members Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Spain. The primary objective, according to the German military, is the “creation of global mobility” of troops and combat material – for example in “support of special forces operations.” Particularly Spain’s joining EATC – which since July is under a German commander – has been enthusiastically welcomed by the German Air Force. This has significantly extended one’s own “radius of operations.” “A multi-national air transport fleet, whose bases of operations reach from the Baltic Sea almost to Gibraltar, is at the disposal of the Bundeswehr.”
Full article: The German Path to an EU Army (III) (German Foreign Policy)