Preparing for NATO Missions: Integrated Force Planning in the Albanian Armed Forces

  • August 13, 2009
  • Prof Bernard F Griffard, Dr R Craig Nation, Prof James W Shufelt Jr

Albania became a full member of NATO on April 1, 2009. As affirmed by the NATO Secretary General, NATO membership not only brings benefits, but also responsibilities, one of which is the provision of forces capable of operating effectively within an Alliance command structure. This means that the Albanian Armed Forces (AAF) must complete their transition to NATO standards of manning, equipping, and resourcing the AAF. In support of this effort, and under the auspices of the U.S. European Command Joint Contact Team Program, the U.S. Army War College sent a three person team to Tirana, Albania to conduct a workshop on integrated force planning concepts and procedures.