Defense

January 24, 2014

Military chiefs look to NATOs future

Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service 

The NATO chiefs of defense talked a little bit about today, a little bit about tomorrow, and a little bit about 10 years from now, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said as he returned to Washington Jan. 23 from alliance meetings in Brussels.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey took advantage of the 170th Chiefs of Defense Meeting to not only address NATO issues, but to strengthen military-to-military relations with other nations.

The chairmans first engagement in Brussels was a meeting with his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov. Dempsey said the session was very positive and constructive, describing U.S.- Russian relations as important not just because of the issues that are apparent to us, but the ones that are not yet apparent, he said. The alliances possible future in Afghanistan after its current mission ends this year was also discussed. At the NATO meeting itself, he said, We reminded ourselves that while the discussions are going on about our 2015 presence, we still have some tasks at hand to accomplish, he said.

The chiefs looked at ways to increase the pace of development of the Afghan national security forces ñ focusing on how to improve the institutions that build and manage them. And, they discussed what can be done to help Afghans hold a credible, transparent and fair presidential election in April.

Most of the NATO support will be peripheral, as the Afghans have the lions share of conducting the vote. The United States will provide some logistical support and transportation for election observers.

The chiefs also discussed how they can preserve our options so when the political decision is made on 2015 and beyond, well have a pretty clear understanding of how we will have to shift to accomplish it.

The other main outcome of the meeting was an increased awareness of the threats and risks building on the alliances southern flank. The United States has long spoken about transnational threats emanating from North Africa and the Middle East.

Terrorist organizations take advantage of weak governments or ungoverned spaces and use them as safe havens, Dempsey said. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb is one of these groups and there are others.

I am encouraged that the alliance is beginning to understand some of the risks that are building on its southern flank, the chairman said. Now we have reached the point of entering into conversations about what as an alliance we might do about it.

The chiefs spoke about NATOs nascent cyber defense capability. Its mostly all national level, he said. Were trying to find ways to link it together to make ourselves more capable in the cyber dimension.

The meeting in Brussels will be followed by a NATO defense ministers meeting next month, which will help set up a NATO Summit that will be hosted by the United Kingdom later this year.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines September 3, 2015

News Carter To China: US ‘Will Fly, Sail, Operate Wherever Law Allows’ Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech billed as all about a new personnel approach for the Pentagon, laid out a clear line in the sand of the temporary islands the Chinese have been building. http://breakingdefense.com/2015/09/carter-to-china-us-will-fly-sail-operate-wherever-law-allows/ LRS-B details emerge: Major t...
 
 

News Briefs September 3, 2015

Soldier injured after parachute failed to deploy A soldier was injured during a U.S. Army Special Operations parachute training exercise in western Montana. Army officials at Fort Bragg, N.C., say 16 soldiers were conducting a free-fall parachute jump from two Blackhawk helicopters near Hamilton Aug. 31 when one soldier had an equipment malfunction and was...
 
 

Boeing, Jet2.com finalize order for 27 Next Generation 737-800s

Boeing and UK Leisure Airline Jet2.com have finalized an order for 27 Next Generation 737-800s, valued at approximately $2.6 billion at current list prices. Jet2.com currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of nearly 60 aircraft; however, this is the organization’s first direct Boeing order.† The aircraft will be used to take the company’s package holiday and...
 

 
boeing-emirates

Boeing, Emirates celebrate airline’s 150th 777 delivery

Boeing and Emirates Airline Sept. 3 celebrated the simultaneous delivery of three 777s — two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter — marking the entry of the 150th 777 into Emirates’ fleet. The delivery marks the first tim...
 
 

U.S. Air Force selects Chromalloy for F108 gas turbine engine module repairs

Chromalloy announced Sept. 2 that it has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to provide repairs on low pressure turbine modules for the F108 aircraft engine fleet, in a contract valued at up to $74 million. The one-year agreement was contracted by the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and includes four one-year options...
 
 
raytheon-colorado

Raytheon expanding in Colorado Springs

Raytheon will speed up growth of its Colorado Springs presence after signing a $700 million multi-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support operations at NORAD’s Cheyenne Mountain Complex. Under the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>