The U.S. Air Force has sent six B-52 long-range bombers to the United Kingdom for a series of training activities over Europe. The aircraft and over 450 airmen arrived at Royal Air Force base Fairford on Thursday (14 March 2019) from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
Following a meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday (19 March 2019), the NATO Secretary General said that the signature of the Accession Protocol for the Republic of North Macedonia in February was a historic moment for the country and for NATO. “Your leadership helped make this happen”, he said. “By working with Athens you have shown what courage, commitment and diplomacy can achieve.”
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Zoran Zaev, on Tuesday, 19 March 2019.
NATO’s Open Door policy extends our shared area of peace and stability and enriches our Alliance with new voices, new experiences, and new capabilities, said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He delivered a keynote speech today (18 March) at a German Marshall Fund (GMF) event titled “NATO at seventy – post-Cold War enlargement and the future of Transatlantic security”.
On 15 March 2019, the North Atlantic Council welcomed Colombia’s International Demining Centre (CIDES) into the network of NATO Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC).
The NATO Military Committee underscores importance of the Transatlantic Bond with visit to Washington
The NATO Military Committee led by its Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach visited Washington from 13-15 March 2019. The programme started with a visit to the Pentagon and Capitol Hill, followed by a table discussion with the Atlantic Council and concluded with a Wreath Laying at Arlington Cemetery.
Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller welcomed European Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King to NATO on Thursday (14 March 2019), for talks on how NATO and the EU can work more closely together to counter hybrid warfare. Hybrid tactics, which include cyber-attacks, disinformation and economic interference, are increasingly used against NATO and EU member countries.
The North Atlantic Council has approved the nomination of General Tod D. Wolters, United States Air Force, to the post of Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
On 14 March, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented his Annual Report for 2018. The Report, he says, “shows that NATO continues to modernise”.
NATO collects defence expenditure data from Allies on a regular basis and presents aggregates and subsets of this information. Each Ally’s Ministry of Defence reports current and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence expenditure.
The NATO Military Committee conducted their annual meeting at the NATO Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk on the 11th and 12th of March 2019. The programme also included a visit of the recently stood up Joint Forces Command and the USS Harry S Truman, currently assigned to the US Second Fleet.
On Monday 18 March 2019, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will make a keynote address at the German Marshall Fund event titled: NATO at Seventy – Post-Cold War Enlargement and the Future of Transatlantic Security.
On Thursday, 14 March 2019, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will meet the European Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King.
On 5 March 2019, NATO and Bosnia and Herzegovina concluded the Administrative Arrangements for the Protection of Classified Information as part of the Agreement on the Security of Information.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller participated in a commemoration ceremony in Prague on Tuesday (12 March 2019) to mark the 15th and 20th anniversaries of the Visegrad countries joining NATO. The Deputy Secretary General addressed the conference after President Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic, President János Áder of Hungary, President Andrzej Duda of Poland and President Andrej Kiska of Slovakia.
Addressing the dangers of electromagnetic pulse to our societies and militaries is the topic of this year’s first NATO Innovation Challenge. The competition aims to tap into the minds of innovative people and teams to find new, creative and efficient ways for NATO to respond to security challenges and potential crises.
On 11 March 2019, the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division of NATO’s International Staff received a delegation of young diplomats from the State of Kuwait.
On Wednesday, 13 March 2019, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
Spanish artist Bea Sarrias began a large-scale painting project – named “INSIDE” – at NATO Headquarters on Monday (11 March 2019). Over the course of the coming week, Sarrias will paint a large canvas of over six square metres with a likeness of the “Agora” – the wide central hallway that links the wings of the Alliance’s new HQ.
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