Recasting NATO's Strategic Concept: Possible Directions for the United States

Recasting NATO's Strategic Concept: Possible Directions for the United States

Recasting NATO's Strategic Concept: Possible Directions for the United States

Recasting NATO's Strategic Concept: Possible Directions for the United States

Synopsis

The revision of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization1s strategic concept offers an excellent opportunity to build an alliance capable of addressing the shared problems that its member states face. To spur debate over concrete problems, this paper examines five possible future directions for the alliance.

Excerpt

In spring 2009, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began to revise its strategic concept. the revision is an opportunity to build consensus and steer the alliance in a direction that will help keep it relevant in the future. Recognizing that the document that emerges will express a consensus view, this paper examines five possible directions that the strategic concept might take. the purpose is to offer an intellectual framework for discussions, based on concrete options.

These directions were developed through a process of internal rand Corporation discussion and debate and reflect rand expertise on nato and on the major strategic challenges the alliance will face in the next decade. the directions developed were then assessed against certain key political and military criteria. the aim is to offer a range of options along with an assessment of the feasibility and potential implications of each.

Funding for this work was provided as a concept-formulation activity of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of rand Project air force. Support was also provided through RAND’s program of self-initiated research. Support for such research is provided, in part, by donors and by the independent research and development provisions of RAND’s contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) federally funded research and development centers.

This paper should be of interest to the national security community in the United States and, though written from a U.S. perspective, in allied capitals. It should also promote and inform broader public debate in Europe and the United States.

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