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10 Nov. 2017

NATO Secretary General welcomes F-35 aircraft in Norway

Today (10 November), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg travelled to Ørland, Norway to welcome the arrival of Norwegian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The Secretary General praised the continuing modernisation of NATO’s air forces and the strong partnership between European and American industry. “These planes,” the Secretary General noted, “make the Atlantic Ocean narrower.”

9 Nov. 2017

NATO Ministers boost troops for Afghan training mission

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed today that NATO will increase its support for Afghanistan as part of its Resolute Support Mission.

9 Nov. 2017

NATO Allies brief Russian arms control inspectors

As part of NATO Allies’ ongoing commitment to transparency, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are hosting Russian arms control inspectors this week. The inspectors toured a number of military sites, including some used by multinational NATO battlegroups. NATO deployed defensive forces to the region – known as enhanced forward presence – following Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine. One battlegroup, roughly 1,000-strong, is now stationed in each of the Baltic countries and Poland to deter any possible aggression.

9 Nov. 2017

NATO Defence Ministers agree to adapt command structure, boost Afghanistan troop levels

Defence Ministers agreed today (9 November 2017) to increase the size of NATO’s Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan from around 13,000 to roughly 16,000 personnel. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement at the end of a two-day meeting of the Alliance's Defence Ministers in Brussels. Mr Stoltenberg welcomed the fact that “Afghan forces are making progress, even though the situation remains very challenging.” Ministers also agreed on the importance of funding for the Afghan security forces, and welcomed Afghanistan’s intention to make further progress on reforms and reconciliation.

9 Nov. 2017

NATO discusses defence and security sector reforms in Skopje

A team of representatives from NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP), together with experts from Bulgaria, Germany and the United States, visited Skopje, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ from 30 October to 2 November 2017. They reviewed the government’s progress on defence education reforms and identified clear priorities for the future.

9 Nov. 2017

11 NATO Allies and Finland united in buying Precision Guided Munitions

On Thursday (9 November 2017), Hungary, the United Kingdom, and Finland joined a long-standing multinational effort to acquire Air-to-Ground Precision Guided Munitions. During a signing ceremony, the Defence Minister of Denmark and his counterparts from the new participants signed an amendment to the existing Memorandum of Understanding to mark their official accession.

8 Nov. 2017

Meeting of Defence Ministers starts at NATO headquarters

NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels today (8 November 2017) to address a wide range of issues, including new commands to improve the movement of troops across the Atlantic and within Europe. Speaking at the start of the two-day meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said talks would also focus on enhancing the Alliance’s cyber defences, North Korea’s weapons programme and commitments by Allies to send more military trainers to Afghanistan.

8 Nov. 2017

Defence Ministers agree to upgrade NATO Command Structure

NATO Defence Ministers agreed today (8 November 2017) to upgrade the NATO Command Structure, including with two new commands to improve the movement of troops across the Atlantic and within Europe. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that this adaptation will strengthen NATO’s ability to reinforce Allies quickly and effectively. He added that NATO is now updating military requirements for civilian infrastructure. Today, Ministers also agreed to the creation of a new Cyber Operations Centre. “This will strengthen our cyber defences and help integrate cyber into NATO planning and operations at all levels,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He underlined that these decisions will pave the way to next year’s Summit of NATO leaders in Brussels.

7 Nov. 2017

NATO Defence Ministers meet to continue the Alliance’s adaptation for the 21st Century

At a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers tomorrow (8 November 2017), the Alliance will address a range of issues – including NATO’s Command Structure, North Korea and Afghanistan.

2 Nov. 2017

Secretary General stresses value of NATO partnerships in visit to Republic of Korea

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a five-day visit to East Asia on Thursday (2 November 2017) with a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The Secretary General toured the UN Command in Panmunjom, where he was briefed on the North Korea crisis and met South Korean, US and UN personnel.

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