ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT —
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pleased with the progress made at the NATO Military Committee meeting this week, saying the discussions have set the stage for decisions by alliance defense ministers and heads of state.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters traveling with him that the alliance’s 29 chiefs of defense discussed Iraq, Afghanistan, intelligence-sharing and many other matters during the meeting in NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels.
“We spoke about the NATO mission in Iraq, we spoke about furthering NATO’s ability for intelligence and information sharing in the south, [and] we talked about some specific measures to improve NATO’s deterrent posture to include the change in the NATO command structure,” Dunford said.
One of the proposed command changes involves the newly re-established U.S. 2nd Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia. If approved at the NATO summit in Brussels in July, the command would become a NATO joint force command to safeguard the transatlantic link among the NATO allies.
Response to Russian Activity
The mission is in response to increasing Russian ship, submarine and aircraft activity in the North Atlantic, officials said, adding that the new command would strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture.
The chiefs of defense also discussed a…