NATO 2030 – The Military Dimension
- NDC Policy Brief 07-21: NATO 2030 – The Military Dimension*, by Heinrich Brauss and Christian Mölling**
NATO must “stay strong militarily, be more united politically, and take a broader approach globally”.1 When launching the reflection process on NATO’s future role, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg set these three priorities to frame his vision of NATO 2030.
At their meeting in London in December 2019, NATO’s political leaders mandated a “forward-looking reflection process” on how NATO should further adapt to ensure it was able to successfully cope with a world of competing great powers due to the rise of China and Russia’s persistently aggressive posture, together with instability along NATO’s southern periphery, new transnational risks emerging from pandemics, climate change and disruptive technologies. Establishing a unified strategic vision is vital for upholding the Alliance’s cohesion, credibility and effectiveness. Looking forward, what does this mean for NATO’s military dimension?
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* (back) This Policy Brief on the military dimension of the Alliance is the third of a series of three texts that the NDC has released in relation to the NATO 2030 process. The first two texts, dealing with the political dimension and the global dimension of NATO’s future, were released in March (Policy Briefs No.5 & No.6).
** (back) Christian Mölling is Research Director at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Heinrich Brauss is Senior Associate Fellow at DGAP, and former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning.
1 (back) Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on launching #NATO2030 – Strengthening the Alliance in an increasingly competitive world, NATO, 8 June 2020.