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170322nts400NATO’s political and military leadership has concluded two days of discussions at the NATO Transformation Seminar. Hosted with the support of the Hungarian Minister of Defence Istvan Simicsko, Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, Chairman of the Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, together with the NATO political-military Command structure discussed the Alliance’s need to continuously adapt in order to defend against emerging security challenges.

“NATO not only needs to spend more, we need also to spend better. And Allied Command Transformation helps us to spend better,” said Deputy Secretary-General Gottemoeller.

NATO continues to implement the Readiness Action Plan, the delivery of enhanced and tailored forward presence to Eastern and Southern member states, the recognition of cyber as a domain and an emphasis on partnerships, including with the European Union. The NATO Transformation Seminar begin with an opening session which featured Secretary-General Stoltenberg, General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, General Denis Mercier and Lieutenant General Hugues Delort-Laval, Vice Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, panellists discussed the ‘Future Security Environment’, ‘Projecting Stability’ ‘Deterrence and Defence’ and the Political-Military Implications of the outcomes of the first three panels.

“Persistent day-to-day interaction between NATO and the Nations, Partners and others will increase our comprehensive strategic awareness, enhance our responsiveness and improve our interoperability, while maintaining our unity,” said General Mercier. “It is to help us become more adaptive that I offer these new ideas: to federate the capacities of a wide range of actors and nations, in a more organic and dynamic relationship with the NATO Command Structure.”

The Persistent Federated Approach creates increased strategic awareness and understanding amongst NATO Member nations and partners. Meeting the principles set forth by Nations, a Persistent Federated Approach offers a means to leverage select capacities to accomplish necessary functions, tasks and activities. The Persistent Federated Approach proposes a network of continuous, diverse and comprehensive engagement in order to transition between ongoing peacetime activities to crisis response or collective defence.

“We have to find answers for the Eastern and Southern challenges at the same time, and I think that every problem is a chance for mutual actions,” said Minister of Defence Simicsko in his remarks during the opening session.

The NATO Transformation Seminar discussions set the stage for the upcoming NATO Foreign Ministers meetings and the upcoming NATO Special Meeting.

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