Additionally, where capability employment is in fact contingent on the agreement all of the participants, we know from the Benelux DATF example that similarity in strategic cultures and security interests can be an important foundation for that agreement.
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The precedent of their long-standing naval-command relationship, which placed the Netherland naval command over both navies during crisis situations, was not followed by the DATE The air forces simply agreed to pool all types of military equipment and weapons systems for DATF use.
The DATF assumed both combat operations and combat support responsibilities in Operation Joint Forge.
The Belgian-Portuguese DATF was formed in 2000 and combines the elements of each country's C-130 fleet for intratheater lift and airdrop missions.
This DATF discussion leads to the strategic level of the EU's long-range force-structure planning.
Benelux DATE the Belgian-Portuguese DATF, the Spanish-Italian Amphibious Force, the Franco-British Air Group, and other such organizations, as well as the many multilateral memorandums of understanding between member nations, are critical to the creation of a credible EU peacemaking force.
The budgets of the Netherlands and Belgian air forces are less likely to come under domestic political scrutiny as long as the DATF is designated as the lead composite force for an EU peacekeeping operation in that budget year.