General Stéphane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation since 2009, briefed the press and presented the progress made by the Alliance since the NATO Summit in Chicago in the area of multinational cooperation and interoperability.
NATO has extended its Air Policing mission to the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The agreement is a good example of Smart Defence. It shows how the Alliance can balance political and military needs in difficult economic times.
Interoperability is key to better operational effectiveness. Thanks to a new platform launched by Allied Command Transformation, Allies can now check from a distance whether their equipment “speaks the same language”.
Since the cyber attacks against NATO member Estonia in 2007, cyber threats have rapidly evolved in frequency and sophistication. The development and use of cyber tools can threaten and destabilise national and Euro-Atlantic security and stability.
The NATO Allied Command Transformation invited members of industry to discuss the Alliance’s future and their cooperation. The aim: to cut spending while maintaining the security of the Alliance, on the basis of the “smart defence” concept.