lead nation


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lead nation

One nation assumes the responsibility for procuring and providing a broad spectrum of logistic support for all or a part of the multinational force and/or headquarters. Compensation and/or reimbursement will then be subject to agreements between the parties involved. The lead nation may also assume the responsibility to coordinate logistics of the other nations within its functional and regional area of responsibility. See also logistic support; multinational force.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Britain sought to quell the dispute by insisting it would lead the force and command it, with British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon telling the UK parliament: "If the UK's offer to be lead nation is accepted, the UK will exercise command of the international security assistance force".
German Interior Minister Otto Schily told journalists that while the UK is the lead nation in Afghanistan on drugs, Germany also has a role through its efforts to improve policing there.
"Germany, being the lead nation of Regional Command North (RC-North), decided to strengthen civil reconstruction efforts and extend its commitment in northern Afghanistan, leading to the opening of PAT, which symbolizes a major step toward the planned diversification of the civil military concept," said a statement from ISAF.
He said: "Our task as the lead nation ends in August this year."
Multinational operations are conducted by forces of two or more nations usually under the formal agreement (for example, a treaty) of an alliance, an ad hoc lead nation coalition, or an intergovernmental organization.
Ambassador Vershbow highlighted the leadership role that Bulgaria already plays in the programme and commended each lead nation for their ongoing efforts.
She wanted to lead nation from the front and once she made up her mind nothing could stop her, he said.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow led a signing ceremony on Thursday (26 September 2013) recognising Bulgaria as the sixth lead nation in the Building Integrity Trust Fund, which is to promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the defence and security sector.