"Prosperity comes with Cooperation"
Founded in: 1867
As CADF: 1983
Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF)
Ahnslen Army (AHNARM)
Ahnslen Navy (AHNAV)
Ahnslen Air Force (AHNAF)
Prime Minister Andrew Kenzai, Commander-in-Chief
The Honourable Patrick Carboni, Minister of National Security
Commanding General Aaron Drennan, Chief of Combined Forces
Military Age: 17 for selection, 18.5 to serve, 20 to deploy
Active Personnel: 52,000 (2017-18)
Active Reserve Personnel: 26,300 (2017-18)
Deployed Personnel: 1,830 (as of 20 December 2017)
Budget: $35,006,000,000 IAD
Percentage of GDP: 4.6% of total GDP
The Combined Ahnslen Defence (CADF) is the military organisation responsible for the stability and longevity of the Ahnslen sovereign. It consists of the Ahnslen Navy (AHNAV), the Ahnslen Army (AHNARM), the Ahnslen Air force (AHNAF) and the Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF) alongside a number of units which serve in the structures of multiple branches.
The Combined Ahnslen Defence Force (CADF) is the military organisation responsible for the stability and longevity of the Ahnslen sovereign. It consists of the Ahnslen Navy (AHNAV), the Ahnslen Army (AHNARM), the Ahnslen Air Force (AHAF) and the Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF) alongside a number of units which serve roles in multiple branches. The CADF has just over 88,000 personnel and active reservists, financially supported by the Ministry of National Security and other agencies like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1983, the Ahnslen Government brought together the separate chains of command into one joint structure. This has allowed for the increased prevalence and effectiveness multi-branch units as well as increased inefficiency. The CADF is technologically advanced but does not have a substantial amount of active personnel. The CADF can deploy forces in multiple locations across The Western Isles, especially in Argus and Gael.
The CADF, as instructed by the Constitution of Ainslie, is administered by the Ministry of National Security. The Ahnslen Parlai is granted the powers to make laws relevant to the armed forces. The Constitution limits the ability for the defence force to be deployed domestically. It also designates the Federal Government as being responsible for the protection of Ainslie.
The Constitution allows the role of direct defence force management to be delegated to the Deputy Prime Minister, although responsibility for it is vested in the Prime Minister. These two officials can take an active role in the management of the forces, but that is often left to the Chief of Combined Forces. The Constitution mandates that the Government must receive a ⅔ majority from the Parlai, or unanimous support from the Judicial Council to declare war on other nations. The Government has the power to unilaterally deploy forces overseas.
The Army, Air Force and Navy all conduct their conventional, traditional and well known activities. The difference between the CADF and other forces is the presence of the Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF). The ARSF acts as a diplomatic guard through the Federal Corporals, an emergency response unit and a supplementary counter-terrorism unit when civilian authorities are illequipped.
To maintain regional peace and support peacekeeping initiatives in hotspots around The Western Isles
To provide practical support for domestic and international agencies, improving the multilateral approach of the CADF
To respond to an array of threats to the Ahnslen Sovereign
Current Operations and Future Intentions
Currently, Ainslie has no military forces in conflict zones overseas. Despite this, Ainslie continues to operate bases outside of the nation, most notably ERB Highstar in Xrevaro and AMB Nexus in the International District. It is not expected that Ainslie will face a direct threat of attack from another nation in the future, although threats from illegitimate and illegal organisations will remain a central disturbance to world order. Climate change, natural disasters, white supremists groups and international obligations are the likely future reasons for deployment of the CADF. The Ahnslen Government intends to uphold and promote the unique values that it has had for decades. Ainslie has shown its commitment to peacekeeping operations and increasing sophistication in their armed forces. CADF also seeks to increasingly be more multilateral regarding intelligence and continue its collaborative nature in armed operations.
Structure and Command
The main offices of CADF and the Ministry of National Security are located near the city centre of Arnton, in the suburb of Centenary Heights. The major headquarters is located it Levenen, in the capitalís northwest. The CADF is part of the wider Ministry of National Security, under the subsection of the Department of Defence. The Director for Defence administers the Department, with the Chief of Combined Forces specifically running CADF.
The Department of Defence relies on both military and civilian personnel and includes agencies like the Combined Intelligence Council (CIC) and the Defence Innovation Group (DIG).
The Minister of National Security has broad control over the Department of Defence, with any subordinate personnel required to follow his instructions. All personnel in CADF are also responsible to the Director of Defence. The Minister of National Security and the Director of Defence are elected officials. The current Minister of National Security is Patrick Carboni, and the Director is Eleanor Bradley. Despite not taking an active role, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alongside the Ministry of National Security, command designated portions of the ARSF.
The Chief of Combined Forces is the highest appointed role in CADF, and is the only four star officer in the CADF and is either a Commanding General, Senior Marshal or a Commanding Admiral. The CCF is the chief military adviser for elected officials, with Aaron Drennan holding the post since 28 August 2015.
The day-to-day management is administered by the Council of Armed Forces (CAF) and consist of the heads of each service (the Director of the ARSF, the Chief of Army, Chief of Navy and Chief of Air Force) and can also act as advisors. The individual members of each branch ultimately report to their serviceís chief. The CAF controls military operations and any multi-service operations.
Operational command is done by the CAF, who are located in Highland Base, in Highland Ridge. Their main role is to Ďplan, monitor and controlí CADF operations and are ultimately responsible for the planning and execution of operations. The Defence Assessing Group (DAF), a subcouncil of the CAF, monitors the readiness of reserves and is the senior administrators of this part of the CADF.
The CAF has the ability to set up additional sub councils and joint commands which are responsible to them.
Both men and women can enlist anywhere in the CADF, but must be permanent residents or Ahnslen citizens. In most areas of the CADF, recruits must be aged between 17 and 45 and meet certain standards. The CADF requires personnel to enter auxillary roles or retire entirely at the age of 55. Discipline is mandated under the National Security Personnel Discipline Act (1977) and is overseen by the Directing Advocate of the CADF
Currently, the CADF has an active strength of 52,000 permanent (full time) and 26,300 (part-time) personnel. There are a further 30,000 inactive members. The Army is the largest service, followed by the Navy, the Air Force. And the ARSF These numbers do not include civilians deployed by the Department or the wider Ministry.
The distribution of CADF personnel in 2017 is as follows:
In recent years, the number of personnel and the distribution of them has changed, with full time personnel increasing and a reduction in the ARSF.
Each of the branches have a reserve component, known as Army Reserves, Navy Reserves, ARSF Reserves and Air Force Reserves. The main role of these forces is to supplement the active personnel and respond quickly to unexpected events. Reservists serve part time, with different branches having their personnel to differing levels of readiness. The ARSF is known to have the most rapidly deployable reserves, mainly due to their role in the CADF.
Members of the active reserve have a minimum obligation to train every year and can volunteer to be rapid reserves, who have an increased level of training. Whilst ARSF and Naval Reserves tend to be assigned part time to permanent units, the other branches have formed reserve units instead although these units cannot be deployed without additional processes.
Reserves are not very frequently called upon, as many of their roles in traditional military structures are done by the ARSF.
Individual training of personnel is provided by the branches which they are a part of, who for the most part own their own institutions through their own organisations. Multiservice institutions are becoming more popular due to the increasingly integrated nature of operations.
Academies include the Charles Dallama College for the Army, Highpoint for the ARSF, Carada for the Navy and AHNAF Attude for the Air Force. Most officers are trained at Platare in Arnton, with the Ahnslen Defence Education Centre (ADEC) being a multiservice university for cadets seeking a university degree through CADF. Recruit training is done at Highland Base in Highland Ridge for the ARSF, Lendare in Hauton for the Army, Sevark for the Navy and AHNAF Cellevene in Cevara for the Air Force.
The Ahnslen Government allocated S$35 billion to the Department of Defence, which is equivalent to 4.6% of total GDP and around 12.7% of total government expenditure. The share of GDP Ainslie spends on defence is similar to most developed economies. There is a bipartisan commitment to keep the level of expenditure stable, unless exceptional circumstances occur.
CADF manages 15 major bases and other facilities across the nation. Whilst most of the Armyís permanent units are stationed in the eastern portions of Ainslie, the majority of Navy units are in the north and southeast, and the Air Force in the central north and south. Outside of these major bases, there is considerable sharing of bases between the four services. The ARSF operates out of Highland Ridge but relies on shared bases to operate. The administrative headquarters of the CADF and the wider Defence Community are in the locations of Arnton and Highland Ridge.
The Ahnslen Army has two main bases which are located in Arnton in the central north and Caranoor in the south. Most elements of the Army are stationed in Arnton and Highland Ridge. Other important bases include Warana Barracks near Morrisett, Ilakah Barracks near Lederton, Highland Base in Highland Ridge and Lezere in Badara.
The Ahnslen Navy has two main bases: Fleet Base North (ANV Norere) in Arborai and Fleet Base South (Sudare) in Lederton. The operational headquarters is located in Mandara, less than an hourís drive from Lederton.
The Ahnslen Air Force maintains many air bases, with the operational headquarters, Air Command, in Port Blaxland. Combat aircraft are located in bases in Arborai, Mandara and Port Blaxland. Most transport aircraft are located at AHNAF Base Esere in the northern outskirts of Port Blaxland. The Air Force maintains a network of airfields along the southern coast.
The CADF, primarily the ARSF, has a series of domestic responsibilities which mainly involve supporting civilian authorities. The Navy has a responsibility for maritime protection and enforcement of maritime law, whilst the ARSF act as diplomatic guards, peacekeepers and are involved in counter terrorism functions alongside the Army.
The ARSF is regularly summoned to contribute to relief efforts within the nation, as stipulated in relevant emergency management plans. They support the civilian authorities mainly in specialist roles. This is seen as one of the primary roles of the ARSF, but a minor role that the wider CADF is responsible for. The ARSF can also be called upon to provide additional aid to civilian police in the rare occurrence that they are required.
The ARSF shares responsibility with civilian law enforcement agencies under the counter terrorism legislation recently passed through the Parlai. In the event of an incident that is beyond the capabilities of civilian authorities, the ARSF is obligated to support. The ARSF maintains three elite Counter Terrorism Units.
The CADF manages and shares multiple bases outside of Ainslie whilst also hosting foreign nations onto Ahnslen land. In Rathane, Naval Base Brutus is owned by Covonant who, with permission from the Ahnslen Government, granted access to Vancouvian forces. Additionally, the Armed Forces of Verona beach have been granted access to the Ahnslen-owned Souder Naval Base in Caranoor. The CADF operates a base in the International District, AMB Nexus, which is located near the Vancouvian base in the territory. The ARSF alongside the Gael Emergency Response Team operates Highstar Base in Zenrolo, Xrevaro and the CADF has granted widespread domestic base access to the GERT.
CADF on an International Scale
The Combined Ahnslen Defence Force is committed to multilateral upholding of peace and order, and as such they collaborate with many different units from multiple nations. The nation has signed a conditional defence agreement with Samudera, which is the legal obligation that directly applies to CADF. Additionally, as stated in the Mandara Accords, the founding document of the Gael Four, the CADF is required to participate in intelligence sharing between signatory states. The ARSF also aids and empowers various groups in Xrevaro and offers rapid disaster relief to the nation. Ainslie also contributes personnel from the ARSF to the Gael Emergency Response Team when required.