Tackling New Threats with New Capabilities
NATO Delivers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The security environment continues to change at a rapid rate and NATO is working to ensure that the Alliance is capable of meeting these emerging security challenges. Cyber attacks, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and other emerging threats such as energy vulnerabilities are all matters of concerns to the security of NATO's almost 900 million citizens.
Against the background of rapidly developing technology, NATO is advancing its efforts to confront the wide range of cyber threats targeting the Alliance’s networks on a daily basis.
In recent decades, there has been a proliferation of ballistic missiles that could be used to carry conventional warheads and even weapons of mass destruction. The Alliance has a responsibility to protect its populations, territory and deployed forces from this threat. For several years, NATO has been pursuing a theater missile defense program for the protection of deployed NATO troops against ballistic missile threats. At the 2010 Lisbon Summit, NATO leaders decided to expand this program to include the protection of NATO European territory, populations and forces.
In these times of austerity, every penny counts. Smart defense is a concept that encourages Allies to cooperate in developing, acquiring and maintaining military capabilities to meet current security problems in accordance with the new NATO strategic concept. That means pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities and coordinating efforts better.