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Insights from the NATO Chiefs of Defence Session 2024

The NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session convened from January 17 to 18, 2024, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, with 31 Allied Chiefs of Defence and Invitee Sweden.

The focus was on NATO’s new defense plans, warfighting transformation, support for Ukraine, and military cooperation with partner nations.

Key Discussions and Updates

Global Security Challenges

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană and Chair of the Military Committee Admiral Rob Bauer highlighted the pressing need to defend freedom and democracy in the face of shifting power dynamics and threats such as war, terrorism, and authoritarianism.

Defense and Transformation

General Cavoli briefed on NATO’s new defense plans’ executability, while Generals Lavigne and Badia discussed warfighting transformation, emphasizing multi-domain operations and Command and Control adaptation.

Discussion focuses on NATO’s new defense plans and warfighting transformation initiatives.

The Chiefs of Defence addressed enhancing Integrated Air and Missile Defense for readiness and interoperability.

 Collaboration and Future Steps

Support for Ukraine and Strategic Guidance

In the NATO-Ukraine Council session, Ukrainian Military Representative Major General Serhii Salkutsan was briefed on Ukraine’s situation. The Chiefs of Defence affirmed support for Ukraine as crucial for global security.

Partner Interoperability and Global Security

Meetings with Partner Interoperability Advocacy Group (PIAG) nations and Indo-Pacific partners emphasized the importance of cooperation for interoperability and addressing regional security challenges globally.

The session concluded with discussions with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on global security issues and priorities ahead of the upcoming Washington D.C. Summit.

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