NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

NATO and U.S. Senior Military Leaders Meet for Annual Allied Warfighter Talks

November 17, 2023

ANDREWS Air Force Base, VIRGINIA – Senior military leaders from numerous United States Combatant Commands and NATO’s Allied Commands recently took part in the Allied Warfighter Talks.

This event aimed to share strategic concepts, align warfare development efforts and foster cooperation between Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Pentagon. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Philippe Lavigne, co-hosted the talks with the United States Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Christopher Grady, emphasizing the importance of convergence at the military strategic level between the United States and NATO as a cornerstone of transatlantic security.

The theme for this year’s Allied Warfighter Talks, “A Global Campaign of Deterrence and Defence,” inherently encouraged Allied Command Transformation, Allied Command Operations and United States Commanders to take into account all the domains involved in a global competition context, including military, diplomatic, industrial and economic. The aim was to elaborate options for political level and identify capacities to be developed to make the Alliance stronger. This is more critical than ever as nations work to address evolving security challenges on a global scale.

The Allied Warfighter Talks serve as a forum for senior military leaders to engage in scenario-based discussions and share their insights. These talks ensure common understanding and vision within NATO and the United States. They also feed the works of Allied Command Transformation, shared with the nations, strengthening the Alliance as a whole.

Allied Command Transformation – NATO’s strategic warfare development Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, plays a central role in shaping the future of NATO’s military capabilities. Its mission is to contribute to preserving peace, security, and the territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading the warfare development of military structures, forces, capabilities, and doctrines. This strategic command ensures that NATO is well-prepared to address evolving security challenges in the ever-changing global landscape.

As the 2023 Allied Warfighter Talks continue to inform the future of NATO’s military capabilities, Allied Command Transformation’s role remains pivotal. This strategic command will continue to develop and incorporate requirements and interoperability needs into NATO’s joint warfare development efforts. The ongoing collaboration between military leaders from both sides of the Atlantic ensures that the Alliance continues to preserve peace, security, and territorial integrity of its member states.