Conference examines NATO’s Capabilities
In light of the decision at the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit to develop a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance, the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning and the National Defence College of Romania hosted an international conference entitled “NATO’s Capabilities: Budgeting for a Credible Defense in Europe” in Bucharest on 18 - 19 June.
Co-sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, the event examined current and future requirements for civilian and military capabilities to ensure territorial defence and meet increasing demands in international crisis management operations.
Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, opened the conference with a recorded video message.
The event brought together some 100 experts from Romania, the Western Balkans and the wider Black Sea region. Participants discussed many issues, including the Alliance’s role in Afghanistan and the impact of the current economic downturn on Allied, and particularly Romanian, armed forces.