NATO REVIEW 2002
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Capabilities, Capabilities, Capabilities
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Capabilities, Capabilities, Capabilities
When Lord Robertson became NATO Secretary General he said that he had three priorities: capabilities, capabilities, capabilities. Hence the title of this issue of NATO Review. As the Alliance approaches its Prague Summit, NATO's military capabilities are at the top of the agenda.
James Appathurai examines the nature of the capabilities gap and initiatives to overcome it.
Edgar Buckley considers prospects for NATO's new capabilities initiative to be unveiled at the Prague Summit.
In advance of NATO's Prague Summit, Lord Robertson explains why security must not be taken for granted.
General Rainer Schuwirth examines EU efforts to develop military capabilities and meet the Helsinki Headline Goal.
Yves Boyer versus Burkard Schmitt
Nicholas Sherwen reviews Gustav Schmidt's edited three-volume magnum opus "A History of NATO: The First Fifty Years".
General William F. "Buck" Kernan is commander-in-chief of the United States Joint Forces Command and was, until 1 October, the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT), both based in Norfolk, Virginia.
A NATO programme aimed at helping recently and soon-to-be-discharged Russian soldiers prepare for lives outside the military is up and running in Moscow and should herald greater NATO-Russia cooperation in a range of fields.
A programme is being established in Slovakia to prepare junior officers from future NATO members and Partnership for Peace countries to work more effectively in multinational operations and exercises. Starting in May 2003, it will offer three 12-week courses a year to a total of 180 officers.
Stewart Henderson examines the role of the Stability Pact in security sector reform in Southeastern Europe.
Andrew Cottey, Timothy Edmunds and Anthony Forster examine military reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the capabilities of potential NATO members
The statistics represented graphically below represent the proportion of defence spending of each NATO member devoted to personnel, equipment, infrastructure and other areas.

When Lord Robertson became NATO Secretary General he said that he had three priorities: capabilities, capabilities, capabilities. Hence the title of this issue of NATO Review. As the Alliance approaches its Prague Summit, NATO's military capabilities are at the top of the agenda. In the first of four articles devoted to this theme, James Appathurai of NATO's Political Affairs Division examines the nature of the capabilities gap and initiatives to overcome it. Edgar Buckley, assistant secretary general in NATO's Defence Planning and Operations Division, considers prospects for the Alliance's new capabilities initiative that will be unveiled at the Prague Summit. Lord Robertson explains why security must not be taken for granted. And General Rainer Schuwirth, director general of the European Union Military Staff, analyses EU efforts to raise military capabilities to meet the Helsinki Headline Goal.

Elsewhere, in the debate, Yves Boyer, deputy director of the Paris-based Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, and Burkard Schmitt, assistant director of the Paris-based EU Institute for Security Studies, discuss whether Europe can and should bridge the capabilities gap. Nicholas Sherwen, editor of the NATO Handbook, reviews Gustav Schmidt's edited A History of NATO: The First Fifty Years. General William F. Kernan, commander-in-chief of the United States Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic until 1 October, reflects on NATO reform, the war against terrorism and changes in the military profession. And features cover a groundbreaking NATO programme aimed at helping recently and soon-to-be-discharged Russian soldiers prepare for lives outside the military and the creation of a course in Slovakia to help junior officers from Central and Eastern European countries become more effective in multinational operations. Three years after the creation of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe, Stewart Henderson considers the role it is now playing in security sector reform in the region. And Andrew Cottey of University College, Cork, in Ireland, and Timothy Edmonds and Anthony Forster, both of King's College, London, examine military reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the capabilities of potential NATO members. Pie charts illustrating defence spending by category of all NATO members round out the edition.

Christopher Bennett