NATO Aims to Stay Capable, Agile to Meet Threats


NATO continues “to adapt, to strengthen its deterrence and defense, and to ensure it meets its core objectives of protecting the population and territory of the alliance,” Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, said here today.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended the Military Committee meeting for the United States.

Pavel also said NATO needs “to remain agile, transformative — always ready and able to counter any threat or challenge that comes across our horizon.”

The Military Committee is meeting to examine proposals that will go to defense ministers at their NATO meeting next month, and ultimately to alliance heads of state/government at the July summit meeting in Brussels.

Today’s meeting also features talks with NATO’s Enhanced Opportunity Partners — Australia, Georgia, Jordan, Finland and Sweden — to discuss military contributions to security and stability in Europe’s southern neighborhood.

Projecting Stability

And, “following the decision by foreign ministers last month, we will deliberate the details regarding the transition of the alliance’s training and capacity building initiative in Iraq into a mission. We will also discuss key military deliverables for projecting stability,” Pavel said.

The chiefs will also…

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