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Secretary General thanks Hungary for its firm commitment to NATO

Deputy Secretary General: NATO is adapting to face serious and evolving challenges

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The star sculpture

Joseph Luns was the first SG to have his photo taken with the NATO star, it was 1971.

50 years ago: The origins of NATO concerns about the threat of Russian strategic nuclear submarines

Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal of NATO’s Strategic Analysis Capability team looks back in history to the emergence of the Russian ‘Bastion’ concept as it relates to the nuclear deterrent.

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NATO Press Release: NATO Deputy Secretary General to participate in the Brussels Forum Conference


The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will participate in a panel at the Brussels Forum organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States on Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Media advisory

13:00-14:30: NATO Deputy Secretary General’s will participate in the plenary session number 8: Transatlantic (In)Security, which will take place at Steigenberger Hotel.

This session will be streamed live on the website of the German Marshall Fund. Broadcast quality footage will be available live on satellite upon request to Eurovision Geneva.

Still and video images of the panel discussion will be available on the NATO website, following the event.

More details on the Brussels Forum can be found on the event website: http://brussels.gmfus.org/

Source: NATO

NATO Review: 50 years of the Russian navy’s nuclear deterrent


MARCH 2017


50 years of the Russian navy’s nuclear deterrent

50 years of the Russian navy’s nuclear deterrent

At a time of renewed focus on Russia’s naval capabilities in the High North, Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal of NATO’s Strategic Analysis Capability team looks back 50 years to the days when NATO began to see Russian strategic nuclear submarines as a significant threat. Read more

50 years ago: The origins of NATO concerns about the threat of Russian strategic nuclear submarines

50 years ago: The origins of NATO concerns about the threat of Russian strategic nuclear submarines

Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal of NATO’s Strategic Analysis Capability team looks back in history to the emergence of the Russian ‘Bastion’ concept as it relates to the nuclear deterrent. Read more

Source: NATO

NATO sets date for May Meeting of NATO Leaders


NATO Allies decided this week that the next Meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Heads of State and/or Government will take place in Brussels on 25 May 2017. The event will include an inauguration of NATO’s new Headquarters.

The Meeting comes at a time when the Alliance continues to adapt to the most serious challenges in a generation, with the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence since the Cold War and increased efforts to project stability beyond the Alliance’s borders.

“This will be an important opportunity for NATO leaders to decide how we can further strengthen our efforts, including in the fight against terrorism”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (23 March 2017). “While progress has been made on fairer burden-sharing within our Alliance, we will also address what more needs to be done to meet the pledge made by Heads of State and Government to spend more and better on defence”, the Secretary General added.

Source: NATO

Secretary General in Washington D.C. for Counter-ISIL talks


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Pentagon on Tuesday (21 March 2017) to discuss enhancing NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism and preparations for the upcoming Meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels. The Secretary General is in United States to attend a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition on Wednesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense of the United States of America

During their talks, Mr. Stoltenberg and Secretary Mattis discussed how the Alliance can do even more in the fight against terrorism, and NATO’s missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. The two leaders also reviewed progress on NATO defence spending and agreed on the importance of fairer burden-sharing between Allies.

Today, the Secretary General also met with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati. Later today, Mr. Stoltenberg is expected to meet with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari.

Tomorrow, the Secretary General will attend a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. All 28 NATO Allies are members of the Coalition, and NATO is providing direct support to Coalition forces with AWACS surveillance flights. The Alliance is also strengthening its support for partners in North Africa and the Middle East, including by training Iraqi military personnel.

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    L. J. De Rothschild  

    Senior Editor

    Mattis, NATO Secretary General Stress Trans-Atlantic Bonds


    DoD News, Defense Media Activity

    WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 — The trans-Atlantic bonds built on a legacy of common commitments and common defense continue to get stronger, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today before a meeting at the Pentagon with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    In a statement released after the meeting, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the two leaders met to discuss the key role the alliance plays in trans-Atlantic security and to review preparations for the upcoming special meeting of NATO heads of state and government.

    Mattis noted in remarks before the meeting that he and Stoltenberg had met in Brussels and in Munich recently.

    “I was very much impressed by the increased unity I found during my visit with you and the resolve of the alliance,” he said. “We had all hoped for a better future back 20 years ago, and some things haven’t turned out the way we wish, so we have to address that reality.”

    The secretary thanked Stoltenberg for his leadership and for the moral example that he has set. With a meeting scheduled this week for the coalition working to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Mattis said, he’s counting on NATO’s continued support for that effort.

    “NATO under you is evolving to defend against aggression and respond to terrorist threats along the southern flanks along the Mediterranean and Turkey’s border,” Mattis said. “I look forward to engaging with the coalition members who are here this week on the counter-ISIS fight, and I am confident that NATO will as always be one of the leaders as we deal with this threat.”

    Stoltenberg expressed his gratitude to Mattis for the secretary’s “strong support for trans-Atlantic unity and trans-Atlantic bond and the NATO alliance.”

    NATO Must Adapt

    “I think we all understand that in times of turmoil, in times of uncertainty, the need for strong international institutions like NATO is even greater,” he said, “so therefore we need to adapt, we need to strengthen NATO in response to the challenges and the unpredictability we see surrounding us today.”

    In his post-meeting statement, Davis said Mattis and Stoltenberg discussed ways to encourage allies to assume a more equitable share of alliance security and defense responsibilities.

    Mattis thanked Stoltenberg for his leadership on this issue, he said, and applauded those allies already meeting the benchmark of spending 2 percent of their country’s gross domestic product on defense.

    The two leaders also discussed enhancing NATO’s role in fighting terrorism and defeating ISIS, as well as NATO’s missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, Davis said. Both pledged to consult in the coming months and said they look forward to meeting again at the next NATO defense ministerial conference, he added.

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