Defence sources said the "Joint" force would enable Britain to respond more quickly to crises, either as part of a multinational operation or a purely British operation and was a reflection of the move from a "continental" to an "expeditionary" strategy. Michael Portillo, the Secretary of State for Defence, said: "From today we will be able to respond to crises worldwide more quickly. We shall be able to put together and deploy a joint force ... specially tailored to meet the demands of each crisis. "The first Chief of JRDF Operations is Brigadier Jonathan Thomson. Christopher BellamyReuse content
Britain's new Joint Rapid Deployment Force, comprising elite Commandos and paratroops and other quick-reaction forces from the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force, became operational yesterday under the direction of the new Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood, Middlesex, which was opened on 3 April.