NATO’s Need to Know
“NATO Summit paves way for a renewed Alliance…!” the headlines proclaimed.1 The New Strategic Concept, approved at the 2010 NATO Lisbon Summit and the first in 11 years, provides a road map for the coming decade. The decade will offer NATO numerous internal and external challenges: two active war zones outside Alliance borders (ISAF and Libya), expanded commitments within the region (an air-policing mission in the Baltic region) and counter-piracy initiatives near the horn of Africa. Adding to these challenges are significantly reduced military budgets across NATO nations, budgets further constrained by global economic problems, impacting NATO capabilities. The methodology for realizing Strategic Concept goals is through informed decision-making and real-time information awareness, necessitating an information dominance system of systems that currently eludes NATO commanders. A comprehensive Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) architecture is necessary to achieve this level of dominance. Specifically, this article makes three recommendations to NATO. First, rapidly develop and expand interoperable systems for command and control (C2) and information dissemination. Second, radically adapt C2 procedures for deploying shared assets. And third, build a NATO-operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) rapid Deployment Force...”
Excerpt from Gregg Vander Ley, “NATO’s Need to Know,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 3, 2011: 30-33.
Col. Gregg Vander Ley is a U.S. Air Force master navigator serving on the Department of the Air Force staff in the Operations Directorate. A recent Marshall Center Senior Fellow graduate, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s of military arts and sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has served in a variety of command, staff, and flying positions with the U.S. Special Operations Command and Air Force Special Operations Command.
This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.