Future Challenges to the Transatlantic Alliance

On October 3, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted an off-the-record strategy session with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Jean-Paul Paloméros on future challenges to the transatlantic alliance. The discussion revolved around NATO-EU relations, the NATO 2014 summit agenda, and the Alliance’s future after the Afghanistan mission winds down. Participants also discussed the Alliance’s capabilities in the age of austerity, how political leadership impacts the future of the Alliance’s military capabilities, and the role of the defense industry in pooling and sharing initiatives.

General Jean-Paul Paloméros was appointed Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in August 2012. Before this appointment, General Paloméros was the French Air Force chief of staff from 2009 to 2012. He joined the Air Force Staff in 1998 and held various positions within the Studies and Strategic Plans Department, the Capability Development Committee, and the Plans and Program Division. Prior to this, General Paloméros held several commanding positions in various squadrons of the French Air Force and in multinational operations. Trained as a fighter pilot, he joined the French Air Force in 1976.

This event is part of a series of strategy sessions hosted by the Atlantic Council for prominent transatlantic security leaders and part of the Atlantic Council’s long-standing partnership with NATO Allied Command Transformation.