NATO commanders meet for Allied affairs

11:18, May 10, 2011      

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NATO leaders and military officials from members states met in Warsaw Monday for the Allied Reach 2011 exercise for staff heads and commanders, local media reported.

The exercise focuses on the military effects of NATO's new strategy adopted at last November's summit.

Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich told reporters that the exercise was accompanied by a seminar on major NATO tasks and challenges, including changes in the Alliance's command structure, measures against cyber-terrorism and a NATO missile defense system.

"This is an exercise and a seminar, this is a debate about the most important military challenges facing NATO. It concerns operations and changes in structures, reform of the command structure, this is one of the most sensitive issues within NATO. The debate also covers measures against cyber attacks terrorism and a common NATO anti-missile shield," Klich was quoted as saying.

Klich added that Allied Reach was the most important meeting of high NATO officials in Poland in years.

The Polish defense minister said that the stand worked out in Warsaw will be presented by NATO commanders during the June session of NATO Defense ministers and during later debates of the council of defense and foreign ministers.

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola said that participants in the meeting stressed the need for the adjustment of NATO command structures to operational needs.

"The aim of the change of command structure is to prepare the alliance for operational action. We must build a structure capable to immediately send people where they are needed," said the admiral.

Source: Xinhua
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