Stoltenberg and the defense ministers of NATO member states attend a meeting at the alliance headquarters in Brussels.
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NATO defense ministers agreed Thursday to set up a network of command centers in eastern Europe and more than double the size of its rapid reaction force to better protect the region in the event of any threat from Russia.Ministers agreed to more than double the size of NATO's existing rapid reaction force to 30,000 soldiers from 13,000, led by a 5,000-strong "spearhead" force, part of which will be ready to move within 48 hours, according to Stoltenberg.Six command centers, staffed by national and NATO officers, would be set up in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the three Baltic states in order to plan exercises and organize reinforcements for those countries in an emergency.Britain announced that it would lead the rapid reaction force in 2017 and would send officers to all eight new centers.
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