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 December 19, 2014

News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed - It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law - President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government...
 
 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and...
 
 
Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez

Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez The Army plans to launch an aerostat, part of the “Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor,” in late December 2014. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the...
 

 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan

AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn

Short-notice: A new way to exercise

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for an aeromedical evacuation exercise on a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 5, 2014, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The operation was executed in supp...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>