The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a highly ready and technologically advanced, multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed. In addition to its operational role, the NRF can be used for greater cooperation in education and training, increased exercises and better use of technology. The NRF has the overarching purpose of being able to provide a rapid military response to an emerging crisis, whether for collective defence purposes or for other crisis-response operations. The NRF is based on a rotational system where Allied nations commit their units for a period of 12 months. Altogether, the enhanced NRF comprises around 40,000 troops.
Soldiers of the Spanish 7th Infantry Brigade “Galicia” (VJTF) in Żagań, Poland, during the exercise "Brilliant Jump" on May 25, 2016. Photo by MNC NE PAO