Monday, 18 June, 2018

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Form New Commands for Maritime Security, Logistics

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday Feb. 15 2018 New NATO Commands to Focus on Maritime Security, Cyber Defense
Sammy Stanley | 16 February, 2018, 05:23

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the initial batch of national military-expenditure plans demanded by the US shows progress toward a goal for alliance members to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

Stoltenberg said eight North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are meeting the two percent target, adding a total 15 of them are expected to do so by 2024 as the others fall short.

"I think we are finding common ground", Mattis told the press conference yesterday.

Since the Cold War, the alliance has shrunk from 22,000 staff working in 33 command centers to fewer than 7,000 staff in seven centers, the secretary-general said.

The NATO chief said the body had decided on the key elements of the new command structure.

On the first day of their talks, the ministers approved the establishment of two new command centers aimed at supporting rapid troop movements across Europe and protecting sea channels between the continent and North America.

"We have sufficient rigour in the political sharing, the political discussions, to keep the European Union effort, for example on military mobility", Mattis said.

U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis addresses a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday Feb. 15 2018
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They also chose to establish a new support command to improve the movement of troops in Europe and boost troop rapid response while creating a new operations centre to defend against cyber attacks in Mons, Belgium.

"Secretary Mattis thanked the minister for hosting US forces and expressed appreciation for Poland's continuing contributions to regional and global security", she said.

Yesterday's dinner now represents an important chance for Mogherini to reassure the United States, which is NATO's biggest contributor.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on February 14th. "And us more secure", Stoltenberg stressed.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday urged European allies and Canada to keep ramping up defense spending, as the alliance expands its command headquarters in response to a more assertive Russian Federation.

In 2014, only 3 Allies spent 2% of GDP or more on defense.

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