Director General of NATO’s HQ International Military Staff visits the United States of America, a home to NATO’s latest command
From 28 October to 03 November 2018, Director General of NATO’s international Military Staff, Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, visited the United States of America: New York, Washington DC and Norfolk. In New York he met his EU counterpart Director General of the EU’s Military Staff, Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen. They had meetings at UN Peacekeeping Operations. They continued their travel to Washington DC, where he had meetings at the Pentagon and the Dutch embassy. Finally in Washington he visited the 911 memorial. A visit to NATO’s Allied Command Transformation concluded his visit.
In New York on Monday the 29th he met his EU counterpart Director General of the EU’s Military Staff, Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen. They met the EU Ambassador to the UN, Vale de Almeida and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and LtGen Loitey, the Military Advisor for UN Peacekeeping Operations. They discussed the complementarity between NATO and EU and military mobility. They agreed on the importance of the UN, EU and NATO working together. Each organisation brings different skills and that together can be powerful.
On Tuesday 30 November LtGen Broeks went to Washington DC, where he had meetings at the Pentagon where he also discussed the complementarity between NATO and EU, the military mobility and the basis of NATO’s mission in Iraq. Finally he visited the Dutch embassy and the 911 memorial.
During the stop in Washington DC, on Wednesday 31st, DGIMS and DGEUMS participated in a round table where they had an excellent discussion with several diplomats, policymakers and journalists to emphasise the links between and the complementarity of NATO and the EU. DGIMS was keen to show that “deterrence is not just about posture, but also about demonstrating unity”.
On the 1st and 2nd November, at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, LtGen Broeks met the commander General Lanata and Admiral Paul Bennett, Chief of Staff.
At Allied Command Transformation, NATO’s home in North America, he discussed the best method of introducing new technologies into NATO. With this new procedure an adaptable NATO stays future proof.
DGIMS concluded his trip with a stop at NATO’s newest command, Joint Force Command Norfolk, where he met the new commander Vice Admiral Andy Lewis, who is on track to deliver the new Joint Force Command Norfolk next year. This new Command will be responsible for North Atlantic and the High North and make sure the lines of communication for the Atlantic Bond will be unharmed.