Chief of De­fence Staff At­tends NATO Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee Meet­ings

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The Chief of the De­fence Staff, Gen­eral Tom Law­son, joined his North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion (NATO) coun­ter­parts in May for the 169th meet­ing of the NATO Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. The meet­ing pro­vided the Chiefs of De­fence of NATO and its Part­ners with an op­por­tu­nity to re­view and dis­cuss up­dates on a num­ber of is­sues rel­e­vant to the Al­liance.

“The tremen­dous dis­cus­sion fa­cil­i­tated by th­ese reg­u­lar gath­er­ings of NATO's Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee is ex- tremely im­por­tant to help en­sure we pro­vide good mil­i­tary ad­vice to the North At­lantic Coun­cil,” said Gen­eral Law­son. “I found the NATO Trans­for­ma­tion and re­gional se­cu­rity up­dates to be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est. As the Al­liance con­tin­ues down the path of mod­ern­iza­tion and trans­for­ma­tion, Canada and the Cana­dian Armed Forces will, I'm sure, con­tinue to have an im­por­tant role to play in both the process and the end re­sult.”

The two-day con­fer­ence fo­cused on NATO Trans­for­ma­tion and the progress made in its Con­nected Forces Ini­tia­tive and Smart De­fence projects. Dis­cus­sion also cov­ered NATO’s cur­rent ma­jor op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as the plan­ning for NATO post the 2014 mis­sion in Afghanistan. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Chiefs of De­fence re­viewed the progress of its mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion with the Al­liance’s spe­cial Part­ners (Ge­or­gia, Rus­sia and the Ukraine), and re­ceived up­dates on var­i­ous re­gional se­cu­rity is­sues.

The NATO Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee plays a crit­i­cal role in build­ing on the lessons learned from the Al­liance’s mis­sions, and helps en­sure Al­lied mil­i­taries are in­ter­op­er­a­ble, mod­ern, ag­ile and ca­pa­ble of re­spond­ing when­ever the Al­liance may need to call upon them.

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