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Austria is bordered to the west by Switzerland; north by the Czech Republic and Germany; east by Slovakia and Hungary; and south by Italy and Slovenia. Austria's post-Cold War military policies have focused on developing a full-time standing army and rapid-reaction force, replacing a reservist-based system.

Despite its permanent neutrality that was declared in 1955, Austria has established closer ties with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In February 1995,...

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