Military forces will be combined to deploy thousands of soldiers for emergencies without needing U.S. assistance.

Up to 27 European Union nations are planning to set up a “Strategic Compass.” Mirroring the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) existing “Strategic Concept,” the EU’s plans to eventually have up to 5,000 troops who can be sent to any member country facing a crisis.

A leaked 28-page draft paper called the “EU Rapid Deployment Capacity” shows joint forces could comprise of land, sea, and air components. They are expected to be ready sometime in the year 2025.

EU foreign and military ministry representatives briefly discussed the concept in Brussels, on Nov 15. They are expected to continue talks to finalize the draft by March 2022.

EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell’s strategy represents the union’s most ambitious effort to build a freestanding military force that does not rely on American assets. It comes two decades after EU leaders first promised to establish a 50,000 to 60,000-strong military force.

“We need to be able to respond to imminent threats or quickly react to a crisis situation,” the draft paper said according to Reuters. “For example, a rescue and evacuation mission or a stabilization operation in a hostile environment.”

Borrell urged EU members to commit to providing “associated assets and the necessary strategic enablers.”

“The use of modules will give us greater flexibility to tailor our force to the nature of the crisis,” the paper said according to the newswire agency. “This is key if we want to overcome the obstacles that we have faced in the past.”

President Joe Biden welcomed EU investment in deployable soldiers, saying they would be a good fit for NATO.

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