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28 Feb. 2012

NATO Allies discuss in Washington preparations for upcoming Chicago Summit

Permanent representatives of the North Atlantic Council arrived in Washington for consultations on the summit planned for May of this year in Chicago. On Tuesday, 28 February, Allies discussed preparations for the Summit at the annual seminar organized by NATO’s Allied Command Transformation which this year focused on capabilities.

The seminar, which brought together policy-makers with representatives from think-tanks, academia and industry, was opened by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stéphane Abrial, the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Dr Jim Miller, US Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addressed the opening session of the seminar, noting that the Alliance will need to focus on how to sustain the operations of today and face the security challenges of tomorrow.

“We cannot tell how long this economic turmoil will last”, the Secretary General said. “But its consequences will be with us for a long time to come. And in good times and bad, NATO has been the best investment Allies have made. For over sixty years, it has successfully delivered security and stability. That’s why we need to continue investing in it – militarily, politically, and financially. So that, by the end of this decade and into the next, we emerge stronger as an Alliance, not weaker”.

The Secretary General stressed that at the Summit in Chicago Allies will need to commit to long-term goals for the capabilities that the Alliance needs.

“I expect them to back up that vision with concrete projects. So that, in a fast-changing world, we can do better with what we have. And stay lean, but strong. That is our Chicago challenge: to lay the foundations of the NATO of the future – towards 2020 and beyond”, he said.

During the meeting, the Secretary General highlighted that Afghanistan remains NATO's top operational priority and noted that recent days have been challenging for commanders, for service men and women and for Allies and ISAF partners.

“I deplore the violence we have seen during the last week. But across the country, ISAF troops are showing great restraint and professionalism. And Afghan security forces have shown considerable courage in their efforts to minimise the violence”, he said. “We will not allow the extremists to weaken our resolve. We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Afghan partners. And we will not lose sight of our shared goal. We are in Afghanistan to build stability and security for the Afghan people – which is in the interest of our own security. That is our commitment, and it remains unchanged.”

Later on Tuesday the Secretary General also addressed a town hall discussion with students at the National Defence University.

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Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC

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Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Bogdan Klich, former Minister of Defence of Poland (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Mieczyslaw Bieniek (left) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Dr. James N. Miller, Acting US Undersecretary of Defense (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Dr. James N. Miller, Acting US Undersecretary of Defense (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (left), NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (center) and Dr. James N. Miller, Acting US Undersecretary of Defense (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Dr. James N. Miller, Acting US Undersecretary of Defense 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Bogdan Klich, former Minister of Defence of Poland 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (center) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (right) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Opening remarks at the Allied Command Transformation Seminar. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (left) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Opening remarks at the Allied Command Transformation Seminar. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial (left) 
Allied Command Transformation Seminar, Washington DC 28. Feb. 2012 Opening remarks at the Allied Command Transformation Seminar. Left to right: General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee; Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stephane Abrial and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Opening remarks by the Vice-president of the NDU, Ambassador Nancy Mc Eldowney. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Vice-president of the NDU, Ambassador Nancy Mc Eldowney. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Vice-president of the NDU, Ambassador Nancy Mc Eldowney. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Vice-president of the NDU, Ambassador Nancy Mc Eldowney. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Vice-president of the NDU, Ambassador Nancy Mc Eldowney. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Vice-president of the NDU, Ambassador Nancy Mc Eldowney. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen shaking hands with the NDU President Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau. 
The NATO Secretary General visits the National Defense University 28. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the National Defense University and addresses students at a townhall discussion. 

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