Alliance Commitment Remains Steadfast, Military Committee Chairman Says

While circumstances have changed since NATO was formed in 1949, the commitment and support to defend alliance members – “is as resolute today as it was in 1949,” the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee said here today.

British Royal Air Force Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach spoke at the conclusion of the meeting at alliance headquarters. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended for the United States.

The Military Committee is formed from alliance chiefs of defense and they provide military advice to political leaders.

Major Challenges

The chiefs of defense agreed that Russia and international terror groups are two major challenges facing the alliance, Peach said. “Discussions focused on continuing to monitor Russia’s posture as well as on the importance of keeping NATO-Russia military-to-military lines of communication open,” he said.

Russia has escalated actions in Ukraine with seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov. The chiefs spoke about military-to-military cooperation with Ukraine.

More broadly, the chiefs reviewed progress on NATO’s Military Strategy, Peach said. “They underlined that there should be an integrated approach to all external challenges facing the alliance, as the military instrument, whilst powerful, is just one of the…

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