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Defence ministers agree to reform NATO C2 structure but much work lies ahead

15 February 2018

To confront their evolving security environment, allied defence ministers meeting in Brussels agreed on 14 February to modify NATO’s command structure to create two new commands and a reinforced cyber defence centre. However, the scope of the changes required for this structure goes well beyond its physical changes, according to allied officials.

“We have to bring back a number of functions that we had cut out in the past: advance planning, logistics, standby air C2 [command and control], and situational awareness,” a NATO official told Jane’s on 15 February. “Most of those things were reduced and, in some countries, even eliminated after the Cold War because we all thought NATO would have the luxury of timely planning for out-of-area operations.

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