Since NATO formed in 1949, the mission has remained constant – to protect our nations, people and values – but the threats and challenges have evolved and so must the Alliance.
Global events have shown the need to reinvigorate our ability to deter potential adversaries.
Additional threats come from multiple sources including regional instability, transnational terrorism,
challenges due to refugees and migrant flows, as well as state and non-state actors conducting hybrid
and cyber activities.
Together they add to the complexity of NATO activities and responsibilities.
Collectively, NATO nations provide vast military capability. It is the Alliance’s ability to efficiently
command and control, harnessing the efforts of 29 members, that makes NATO the most successful
military alliance in history.
The NATO Command Structure is centred on supporting all the Allies, all the time, for three core
Alliance tasks – collective defence, crisis management, cooperative security – now and in the future.
Allied Command Operations, as directed at the Warsaw Summit, is focused on creating a command structure able to understand future threats and to continuously adapt to maintain its military edge.