Secretary General reveals key challenges to new Strategic Concept

Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, September 15, 2010.

From Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO:  I am just about to complete my draft of the Strategic Concept. I will send it to nations, this month, and there will be on October 14th, what we call a “Jumbo” meeting of all the NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers, here in this building, to give their views on the Strategic Concept.

I expect the discussions around the Strategic Concept to revolve around three main axes:

  • First: how do we best defend the 900 million citizens of NATO countries against modern threats: for example, cyber defence or missile defence?
  • Second: which lessons do we need to learn from Afghanistan and other operations – for example, should NATO develop a permanent capability to train local forces?
  • Third: how widely should NATO’s partnerships reach? And how do we ensure they remain effective and practical, not just talk shops?

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