General Klaus Naumann completes his three-year term as Chairman
of the Military Committee on 6 May, when he formally hands over
to his successor, Admiral Guido Venturoni of the Italian Navy.
At a farewell news conference at NATO headquarters on 4 May, the
outgoing Chairman outlined the key developments within NATO during
his term in office and the new missions the Alliance has set itself,
many of which are enshrined in the decisions taken at the Washington
General Naumann also gave a frank assessment of NATO's air campaign
against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), stressing that
"the air campaign is working but it is taking time
have achieved a remarkable degradation of the FRY military forces
are also impeding the FRY's ability to maintain operations in Kosovo."
General Naumann summed up with his vision for the future development
of NATO's armed forces. He emphasised the need to ensure that the
capabilities of the United States and and other Allies complement
each other; to equip Alliance forces with a rapid deployment capability;
for forces able to project power from a distance; for mobile command,
control and communications (C3) systems; and, finally, the need
to be able to sustain such forces wherever they are employed.