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Both NATO and Russia have made strong claims that they want to collaborate more with each other. Russia wants more collaboration in areas like missile defence. NATO wants more linking up in activities covered by the NATO-Russia Council. Yet despite both sides' enthusiasm, collaboration is at one of its lowest levels for ages. There is effectively a 'pause' in many areas. How did this happen? And what can be done to solve it?
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How much has Smart Defence been embraced by the men who oversee national armed forces? NATO Review asks two Defence Ministers how they are specialising as part of Smart Defence - and how they see the project.
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Getting fuel to and from the right places during operations is one of the areas where NATO has a Smart Defence project. Nathalie Tocabens looks at how the French general staff have taken this project forward.
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Despite often being expensive, high maintenance and tricky to operate, armed forces know they need helicopters. Whether it’s getting troops in, or the wounded out, helicopters are often the ‘go to’ choice. NATO Review looks at nations’ ongoing need for helicopters – and how they’re making it easier to use them together.
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A huge array of equipment that has flowed into Afghanistan over more than a decade must now leave in more or less 12 months. This means calling in some specialist kit to get the job done, including massive air transport planes. NATO Review looks at how several countries have worked together to share this kit, saving money and time.
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What lessons did NATO take from the events of 2012? And how will they influence its priorities for the future? Here we publish the NATO Secretary General’s annual report which provides an insight into both areas.
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What's changed since 1999 - video 2 : We’re 10 years on from the last Strategic Concept. What were the factors in play when 1999’s version was drawn up – and how did it differ from today? This short video provides an outline.
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How will tighter belts affect the way military budgets are spent? And when will defence feel the pinch? Dr Derek Braddon examines the impacts for countries and alliances.
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As NATO prepares to draft a new Strategic Concept, Jan Petersen highlights the issues he feels it needs to address.
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Diego A. Ruiz Palmer, the Head of the Planning Section in NATO’s Operations Division, discusses the evolution of NATO’s rapid reaction forces used in deterrence, defence and crisis-response operations.
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James Appathurai examines the nature of the capabilities gap and initiatives to overcome it.
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Edgar Buckley considers prospects for NATO's new capabilities initiative to be unveiled at the Prague Summit.
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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.
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Andrew Cottey, Timothy Edmunds and Anthony Forster examine military reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the capabilities of potential NATO members
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Guillaume Parmentier argues that NATO needs to focus on its military capabilities and to become a more equal partnership between the United States and the other Allies.
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Robert G. Bell examines the challenges confronting the Alliance in armaments cooperation.
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Elinor Sloan examines NATO force mobility and deployability, as well as the impact of programmes aimed at improving capabilities.
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The Defence Capabilities Initiative (DCI) was originally intended as a measure to address the growing technology gap between the United States and its NATO allies.
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Recent moves towards a common European defence and security policy and European defence capabilities that are separable but not separate from NATO have sparked off considerable debate.
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The development of a European Security and Defence Identity that is separable but not separate from NATO took a new turn at the European Unions Helsinki summit in December 1999.
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The Armaments Review, approved by allied ministers in December 1999, provides a compelling blueprint for reforming the policies, structures and procedures governing NATOs armaments activities, and equipping alliance forces more effectively and efficiently.
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On 3 March 2000, the air command of the North Atlantic Alliance in Europe was reorganised from three into two regions: Region North and Region South, divided by the Alps.
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Current cuts in the number of active forces in most NATO countries make it even more important that effective use be made of reserve personnel and their experience.
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This was the first meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) at Defence Ministers level since the Washington Summit. The meeting focused on cooperation in the Balkans and progress in developing the enhanced and more operational Partnership as foreseen at Washington
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