In 2001, on the parameters of a new structure, NATO decided to provide the Alliance with rapid deployable, mobile, sustainable and flexible multinational forces and related command and control capabilities. In compliance with NATO’s requirements, the Italian Ministry of Defence established the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Italy.
In 2015, NRDC-ITA moved from operating solely at the tactical level to the operational level, being validated as a Joint HQ so adding an additional capability to the already standing Land Component Command and Corps structure and procedures.
The presence of staff from the Navy and the Air Force and related coordination cells, ensures the joint capability of NRDC-ITA.
Additionally, the Headquarters is able to plan and execute high-intensity military operations as well as Crisis Response Operations, cooperating with a large number of non-military actors/entities fully implementing NATO Comprehensive Approach concept.