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U.S. President Harry Truman launches the North Atlantic defense treaty in Washington on April 4, 1949.

NATO evolves and adapts in a complex world.

Stronger Together

July 2019, Number 09.03

“This year, the 70th anniverary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, presents a timely opportunity to reflect on the Alliance’s many achievements while looking ahead to its future. Seventy years ago, leaders from 12 nations gathered in Washington, D.C., to forge a trans- Atlantic agreement that would deter Soviet expansion, foster postwar political stability, and provide for the collective defense of all member states. Allies anchored their commitment through a declaration of solidarity inscribed in the well-known Article 5: “An armed attack against one or more ... shall be considered an attack against them all.” This was the start of the most successful alliance in history.

In the decades since its founding, NATO has undertaken a diverse set of missions, operations and activities. These include counterterrorism; train, advise and assist efforts; capacity building; air policing; refugee and migrant crisis response; humanitarianassistance; disaster relief; maritime security; counterpiracy; arms-embargo enforcement; no-fly-zone enforcement; airborne early warning; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; air and naval strikes; and much more. The range of actions undertaken by the Alliance demonstrates its ability to constantly adapt and successfully meet the demands of an ever-changing security environment...”

Excerpt from Curtis M. Scaparrotti, “Stronger Together,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 9, No. 3, 2019: 7-9.

General Curtis M. Scaparrotti is the Commander, U.S. European Command, and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.