NATO adopts 10-yr ’strategic concept’ road map to tackle cyber security, failed statesNovember 20th, 2010 - 5:49 pm ICT by ANI
Lisbon, Nov 20 (ANI): NATO has reportedly adopted a ’strategic concept,’ which not only sustains a nuclear weapon, but also emphasises on new challenges like cyber security and the risk of instability spreading from failed states.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the new “strategic concept,” which is NATO’s first mission statement in more than a decade, increases the role of political and civilian answers to security challenges.
It also says that the Atlantic alliance would maintain its nuclear weapons to deal with conventional threats even as it adapts to face newer challenges like cyber security, terrorism, and failed states.
The paper quoted NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as saying that the strategic concept is NATO’s road map for the next 10 years.
“This strategic concept will ensure that NATO remains as effective as ever,” Rasmussen added.
In spite of the fact the many of NATO’s member states are lacking defense budgets, Rasmussen said that NATO would maintain its security function and adopt new tasks by becoming more efficient and uniting resources better.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has said that NATO leaders have approved plans to expand a missile defence system that would protect all of the military alliance’s member nations, including Europe and North America.
“It offers a role for all of our allies. It responds to the threats of our times,” Obama added.
Missile defence has been a point of tension between NATO and Russia in the past. However on Saturday, when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would join the summit in Lisbon, the leaders of the 28 NATO member states are expected to urge Russia to co-operate on missile defence and join the system. (ANI)
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