General André Lanata, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, joined the NATO Foreign Ministers' virtual meeting on December 1st and 2nd, to discuss key issues for the Alliance.
The meeting included an outside expert panel report on how to further adapt NATO for the future, Russia’s military build-up around the Alliance, from the High North to Syria and Libya, and NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan. Discussions also focused on the global shift in the balance of power with the rise of China.
The Secretary General said, “China is not our adversary. Its rise presents an important opportunity for our economies and trade. We need to engage with China on issues such as arms control and climate change. But there are also important challenges to our security. China is investing massively in new weapons. It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa and by investing in our infrastructure. China does not share our values. It does not respect fundamental human rights and tries to intimidate other countries. We must address this together, both as NATO Allies, and as a community of like-minded countries.”
Ministers also discussed NATO’s continued adaptation through the "NATO 2030" initiative, including a report by an expert group appointed by the Secretary General. The Secretary General will continue his consultations with Allies, civil society, young leaders, parliamentarians and the private sector before putting forward his recommendations to NATO Leaders next year.
The expert group's report shows that NATO is agile; it recognises that in recent years NATO has been able to adapt, both militarily and politically. The report also demonstrates that political consultation and decision-making work at NATO. The goal is to keep NATO as a strong military Alliance, make it more united politically, and with a more global approach.
The "NATO 2030" initiative looks at NATO's posture in ten years; at the same time, as NATO’s Warfare Development Command, Allied Command Transformation, is leading the development of the NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept, which will provide a Warfare Development framework for the Alliance for a 20 year time horizon.
The NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept, which will be presented to NATO Allies in the coming weeks, will inform the military input to Political Guidance, providing coherence, effectiveness and efficiency to the development of NATO's Military Instrument of Power, leveraging the connecting tissue that makes the Alliance’s capability greater than the sum of its individual parts. In this capacity, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation ensures NATO continues to guarantee a credible and adaptable defence posture today and into the future.