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On Friday 27 August 2021, General Thierry Burkhard, the French Chief of the Defence Staff, met with General André Lanata, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.

During the meeting, the Chief of the Defence Staff had the opportunity to discuss the NATO 2030 initiative with General Lanata. Both generals shared the same determination towards reinforcing NATO.

Allied Transformation Command is one of two NATO strategic commands. Since its inception in 2002, Supreme Allied Commanders Transformation have overseen the ongoing transformation of Alliance forces and capabilities. Allied Command Transformation identifies future capability requirements and reviews new doctrines.

In the course of their discussions, General Burkhard and General Lanata focused on the concept of multi-domain operations: in view of the multiplication of threats across these domains, General Burkhard stressed the need for the armed forces to understand both material and immaterial dimensions during their preparation. He also mentioned the importance of having the right tools to deal with multi-vector and high-intensity conflicts in all theatres. Both Generals also reviewed Allied Command Transformation’s achievements within NATO.

The French Chief of the Defence Staff will participate in the next meeting of the NATO Military Committee on 18 and 19 September, alongside his counterparts from other Alliance countries. General Lanata therefore made General Burkhard aware of a number of issues, including the upcoming review of the NATO Strategic Concept, which will require the full participation of military authorities and Chiefs of Defence in order to refocus NATO on its primary task, collective defence, as well as the topic of innovation, which is at the heart of Allied Command Transformation efforts.

On 23 September 2021, General Philippe Lavigne, the current Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space Force until September 9, will replace General André Lanata as head of Allied Command Transformation.