- The officers at the NATO military headquarters in Mons, Belgium, along with the relevant regional command come up with a spreadsheet. Yes, an excel spreadsheet called the Combined Joint Statement of Requirements. The CJSOR is a list of all of the different things that are needed from military police units to infantry battalions to airport logistics units and on and on. It gets very specific. A key point to keep in mind--the CJSOR for the Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia was incomplete in 2001 when I was on the Joint Staff--six years after the mission started in a rather safe place. Anyway, coming up with the requirements is first step
- This HQ has a force generation conference where representatives of each NATO country and even some partners attend and volunteer for various assignments. This may provide the bulk of the forces needed. However, it is never sufficient.
- So, the senior officers at NATO HQ in Mons start calling up their equivalents in NATO countries and ask for more contributions.
- When that falls short, things move up so the Deputy Supreme Commander of Europe [DSACEUR] starts calling around to the highest military officers in NATO countries.
- When that falls short, SACEUR and the Secretary General calls the heads of the respective militaries and their ministers of defense.
- When that falls short, the President of the United States calls his counterparts and cajoles, leans, persuades, etc.
So after being chastised by Trump today, how many of these leaders would try to sell a NATO mission to their publics who revile Donald Trump? How many of these leaders can sell a NATO mission to their parties and to other parties now? Damned few, I would think.