Re: NATO task force can't read Morse code?
"I read somewhere the the US had stopped teaching Morse in military school [...]"
For many years the UK amateur radio Class "A" HF licence required you to pass a Morse code test at 12wpm. The stated reason was so that you could read messages from official services wanting you to stop transmitting.
The Class "B" licence was introduced for UHF where Morse was not required.
When those official services no longer used Morse code then the HF licence test for it was also dropped.