8 June 2000
Meeting of the Defence Planning Committee and the Nuclear Planning Group
on 8 June 2000
- The Defence Planning Committee and Nuclear Planning Group of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Ministerial Session in Brussels
on 8 June 2000.
- Defence planning underpins the Alliance's political cohesion and
the transatlantic link. It is at the core of NATO's work to ensure that
the Alliance collectively has the military capabilities it needs to
prepare for and carry out its full range of missions from collective
defence to crisis response and peace support operations. Our collective
defence planning process makes a vital contribution to the achievement
of the key capability improvements set out in the Defence Capabilities
Initiative, which was launched by our Heads of State and Government
at last year's Washington Summit. Today we adopted a new set of NATO
Force Goals covering the period to 2006. We shall ensure that a high
priority is given to them in our national force plans, and that resources
are allocated as necessary.
- We welcomed the full participation of the Czech Republic, Hungary
and Poland in this Force Goals cycle as members of the Alliance.
- Force Goals 2000 address the essential requirements needed to ensure
that the Alliance's military forces are well manned, equipped and trained
to deal with the security challenges that may confront them. They take
account of lessons learned in NATO operations in the Balkans, particularly
in relation to Kosovo. They also continue to address requirements for
the support of possible WEU-led operations. We remain ready to define
and adopt, as set out at the Washington Summit, necessary arrangements
to adapt NATO's defence planning system further to incorporate in future
the availability of forces for EU-led operations.
- Force Goals 2000 also take account of the key capability improvements
sought in the DCI and, where appropriate, have been linked to these.
For the nations that participate in Alliance collective defence planning,
implementation of these Force Goals will be an essential step in putting
DCI into practice. We welcome the increased attention that DCI has focussed
on the collective defence planning process and the added momentum it
has provided; we accept the challenge to show significant progress in
this field in the Annual Defence Review.
- At our next meeting in December we will take stock of progress in
implementing Force Goals; we will approve a new Ministerial Guidance,
on which we exchanged views today; and we shall also take stock of progress
in the NATO force structure review.
- At our Nuclear Planning Group meeting, we reviewed the status of
NATO's nuclear forces and a number of related activities. We are satisfied
that NATO's reduced nuclear force posture fully complies with the Alliance's
Strategic Concept. NATO's nuclear forces are a credible and effective
element of the Allies' strategy of preventing war, and they are maintained
at the minimum level sufficient to preserve peace and stability. We
are assured that the Allies' nuclear weapons and their storage continue
to meet the highest standards of safety and security.
- We welcome the positive outcome of the recent Review Conference on
the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and affirm our
commitments made at the Conference. NATO Allies are also committed to
the immediate commencement and the rapid conclusion of negotiations
on a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively
verifiable and universal Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty.
- We welcome the ratification of the START II Treaty and the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty by Russia. Both are important steps towards even deeper
reductions and, ultimately, the elimination of nuclear weapons on a
global scale. We look forward to the implementation of START II and
assure the United States and the Russian Federation of our full support
for their negotiations on the basis of an agreed START III framework
which would cut the arsenals of deployed strategic nuclear warheads
by 80 per cent from Cold War peaks. We renew our call upon Russia to
bring to completion the reductions in its tactical nuclear weapons announced
in 1991 and 1992, and to review further its much larger tactical nuclear
weapons stockpile with a view towards making additional significant
- We received a report on ongoing activities in support of broader
work in the Alliance regarding options for confidence and security building
measures, verification, non-proliferation and arms control and disarmament.
- We welcome the prospects for renewed exchanges between NATO and the
Russian Federation on a range of nuclear weapons issues, under the auspices
of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council.