Nato plans to improve the way forces are commanded
brussels — Wary of a belligerent and unpredictable russia, Nato is expanding its operations for the first time since the end of the cold War and drawing up plans to improve the way the military alliance commands and deploys its forces.
Nato defence ministers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to create two new commands: one to protect sea lanes ferrying troops and equipment across the atlantic from the united states, the other a logistics command to supervise troop movements in europe.
“We need a command structure which can make sure that we have the right forces, in the right place, with the right equipment at the right time,” Nato secretarygeneral Jens stoltenberg told reporters at the meeting in brussels.
he said the atlantic headquarters would “ensure that sea lanes, our lines of communication between europe and North america, remain free and secure. This is vital for our trans-atlantic alliance.”
“our military commands will now flesh out the details,” stoltenberg said, and submit the results to the ministers when they next meet in february.
asked about the risk that russia poses to the 29-nation alliance, particularly those lying on russia’s borders, stoltenberg said “we don’t see any imminent threat against any Nato ally.”
but, he said, “we have seen a much more assertive russia. We have seen a russia which has over many years invested heavily in their military capabilities, modernized their military capabilities.”