NATO Deputy Secretary General: better capabilities key to keep NATO fit and ready
NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow stressed the importance of delivering “more and better capabilities” to ensure NATO stays fit and ready to meet any challenge at the NATO-Industry Forum in Lisbon on Tuesday (20 October 2015).
“We must always ensure that we have the right level of investment, the right capabilities and the right partnerships with countries around the world, with other international organisations and, importantly, with industry,” Ambassador Vershbow said in his address to the Forum. The event gathered representatives from the defence and security industry, Allied nations, Ambassadors from the North Atlantic Council and NATO’s military commands, including Allied Command Transformation, as well as representatives from academia and think tanks.
This year’s conference is focused on the delivery of capabilities and reinforced multinational cooperation ahead of the Warsaw Summit next year. The event is held annually where Allies, industry and think tanks come together to debate current security trends and their impact on industry and on NATO capabilities. Ambassador Vershbow opened the event with Portugal's Minister of Defence José Pedro Aguiar-Branco and the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen. Denis Mercier.