Should Latvia be threatened with military force, NATO's response force will be able to deploy to the country within two days, as stated by the head of the Operational Management of the NATO Force Integration Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Badman.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 about 500 British soldiers, along with colleagues from other countries, arrived in Latvia to participate in the Silver Arrow exercises. These exercises will last until October 31, 2016. According to Badmen, the purpose of the exercise is to strengthen the cooperation of forces from different countries.
Currently the command of the rapid response force is chaired by Spain and in January this responsibility will pass to the UK.