Ares & Athena – Issue 16

NATO, we are repeatedly told by politicians and the denizens of both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, sits at the heart of British Defence strategy. It’s a cornerstone. It’s our foundation. At the same time the ARRC is held up as an exemplar of the very best of the multinational Corps headquarters on the NATO organisation chart.

But how often does the British military talk about NATO? Is it front and centre of the agenda for the practitioners of Defence in the same way that it is for the policy writers? Does the British Army put the ARRC at the head of every order of battle – or does it start the chart with its divisions?