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Special Report / NATO At The Chicago Summit: Shaping The North Atlantic Alliance For 2020 And Beyond..?

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NATO: Shaping Concrete Programs & Initiatives..?

  • At the Chicago Summit, 20-21 May 2012, NATO will drive forward key principles and policies that will shape the Alliance of 2020 and beyond. It will deliver on decisions taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, turning them into concrete programs and initiatives.

  • Allies will commit to maintain the necessary capabilities and to developing cooperation and dialogue with partners. And at a time of austerity, it will be a question of striking the right balance between fulfilling NATO’s shared responsibilities and balancing national budgets. / NATO /
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NATO: The Summit Will Principally Focus On Three Main Themes:

  • a.- The Alliance’s commitment to Afghanistan through transition and beyond.
  • b.- Ensuring the Alliance has the capabilities it needs to defend its population and territory and to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. / NATO /
  • c.- Strengthening NATO‘s network of partners across the globe. / NATO /

 

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I. Operational Priorities… / NATO

  • Afghanistan through transition and beyond. NATO is committed to supportingAfghanistanbeyond 2014, when the gradual transition of security responsibility from ISAF troops to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will be fully implemented and the ISAF mission will come to a close. Until then, and as transition implementation progresses, the ISAF mission is evolving from a combat to a support role. In 2013, when the last tranche of transition is expected to be announced, the ANSF will be in the lead for combat operations across the country. ISAF will increasingly shift to a training and advising role, but continue to support combat operations alongside Afghan forces, as necessary.
  • At Chicago, leaders will map out how NATO intends to complete the transition process by end-2014. They will also agree on how NATO will provide training, advice and assistance to the ANSF, and will demonstrate their commitment to sustaining the ANSF beyond 2014, as part of the Afghan government’s and the broader international community’s efforts. / NATO /

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II. Developing Capabilities Under Budgetary Constraints… / NATO

  • At a time of austerity, NATO is also seeking to ensure better value for money for its security. With the financial crisis in Europe and beyond, severe deficit reduction measures in theUnited Statesand increased pressure on defence budgets, NATO’s shared experience provides added-value in helping countries work together. TheAlliance  pools capabilities,  connects forces and manages multinational programmes and missions. At theSummitinChicago, Allies will show how theAlliancewill  deal with today’s economic challenges while preparing for the security challenges of tomorrow. / NATO /

“Smart Defence…” / NATO

  • In Chicago, Allies will support new multinational projects that will allow theAllianceto provide more security for its citizens in an age of financial austerity. The goal is anAlliancethat is fit for the next decade and beyond. The way to get there is confirming a renewed culture of cooperation – “smart defence”.
  • Projects in the spirit of Smart Defence will comprise a package of multinational projects to address critical capability shortfalls. They will include programmes such as as missile defence, Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) and Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as well as projects covering areas such as pooling maritime patrol aircraft and remote-controlled robots for clearing roadside bombs. / NATO /

Seeking To Optimise Assets… / NATO

  • Being able to put together complex joint operations at short notice is a priority for theAlliance. To do this at a time of crisis, NATO is seeking to reform its structures and processes to get a better return on investment. This means introducing change now in order to have flexible, deployable forces, and the right mix of capabilities at hand in ten years’ time. / NATO /

III. Greater Flexibility With Partners… / NATO

  • Chicago will be an opportunity for Allies to deepen existing relations and broaden its networks of partnerships. The summit will therefore give a new impetus to partnerships, highlighting their integral role in NATO’s peace support and crisis-management operations and overall political agenda.
  • Heads of state and government will also focus on engaging other organizations in addressing global challenges… / NATO /

NATO: Strategic Unpredictability In Times Of Economic Crisis…

  • globalnewspointer.net: The Alliance’s leaders have to take serious decisions on many important topics and current geopolitical dilemmas.
  • NATO and its economic resources in times of economic crisis, with emphasis on the eurozone’s economic stagnation deadlock top the agenda.
  • Finally, post-war management becomes the most important strategic factor in today’s military operations, given NATO’s military presence and direct unpredictability of the situation inAfghanistan. / NATO /

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