NATO Military Committee sets the stage for July Summit

A review of the NATO Military Committee meeting, Brussels, 16 May 2018

By Dr. Ian Davis, NATO Watch

The NATO Military Committee—the most senior military authority within NATO and comprising the 29 chiefs of defence—met in the alliance’s new headquarters in Brussels to discuss proposals that will go to defence ministers at their NATO meeting in June, and ultimately to alliance heads of state/government at the July NATO Summit. The meeting had four key sessions:

  • A ‘scene-setting’ discussion on the key strategic issues facing the alliance, which also involved NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and Greek army Gen. Mikhail Kostarakos, the chairman of the EU Military Committee;
  • Security and stability in Europe’s southern neighbourhood, with a focus on instability and conflict in the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel, including military aspects of NATO’s Projecting Stability initiative and the NATO training effort in Iraq, as well as the continuing mission in Afghanistan—and this session also featured talks with NATO’s Enhanced Opportunity Partners: Australia, Georgia, Jordan, Finland and Sweden;
  • Enhancing NATO’s deterrence and defence, including NATO-EU cooperation, especially in regard to military mobility, the reinforcement of the alliance maritime posture and the NATO Readiness Action Plan; and
  •  Alliance modernisation with a focus on the proposed adapted command structure.

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