NATO agrees on New Cyber Centre, larger Iraq Mission and EU role

  • Petr Boháček
  • 15.2.2018 15:55

NATO defence ministers agreed to create a Cyber Operations Centre within NATO Command Structure and to expand its training mission in Iraq during the Alliance’s mini-summit in Brussels on 14-15 February. EU and NATO representatives also agreed on cooperation in cyber defence, military mobility and counter-terrorism.

The US Defence Secretary James Mattis stressed that the common defence is NATO's mission alone, following new US concerns about a possible rivalry between the Alliance and EU’s new defence initiatives that are likely to generate more competition for US companies from European defence industries. NATO’s Secretary General stressed that member states are inching towards fulfilling the 2014 Wales Summit pledge to increase defence spending to 2% of their GDP by 2024. Also on this occasion, NATO’s Multi-Role Tanker Transport fleet increased to eight members though Belgium's adherence, while Poland and Canada joined the six-nation program for Cooperation on Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities set up in order to develop a solution for a new aircraft. The location and format for the two new maritime and land logistic commands will be decided at the upcoming NATO summit in July.

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