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NATO to protect sea lanes, integrate national cyber capabilities into allied missions

09 November 2017

As expected, NATO defence ministers on 8 November approved an “outline design”, or preliminary plan, to expand its command and control structure with two new commands – one to protect the alliance’s Atlantic sea lanes and another to improve military transport logistics across Europe – plus a new cyber operations centre.

Whether the logistics command will represent a new and separate command or simply lead to additional personnel assigned to an existing but rehatted logistics structure is an open question, according to NATO officials.

“There is not a lot of appetite among many of the European allies for new commands with lots of personnel,” a NATO source said after the announcement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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