posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 03:20 PM
I would expect it to happen in phases, advancing from common ammo, to identical equipment, eventually reaching compulsory military cooperation in all
conflicts, with zero unilateralism, which allows for integrated organizations and logistics.
I believe that mixed nationality units throughout the force and unified command structure are a long long way off. I don't believe that we'll see
multi-nationalism creep below the division level throughout a force so long as the nations remain technically sovreign. You've got to be able to take
a division intact and do what you have to do with it, and not be slowed down by having to disintegrate allied regiments from that unit first.
You need commonality in weapons, communication, chain of command, and doctrine. Mixing the nationalities of the forces isn't really necessary as long
as they operate together.
Germany and France are very good picks for that kind of cooperation.
Japan and South Korea are another but more distant possibility, perhaps even Australia would want a hand in such a West Pacific security force.
Britain and America would be good pick especially from Britain's standpoint. Joint ownership and operation of airwings equipped with modern aircraft
such as F/A-22, or larger more expensive items like the proposed DD(X) or aircraft carriers would make it far more economically viable for Britain to
maintain a very modern and strong force in all respects, while also giving them a little extra leverage over any American war plans. America might be
keen on the idea of keeping an extra division and an extra carrier airwing and such as a joint venture between us and the UK at half price. It would
be a nice little help for our thin-spread military.