Originally known as the Military Committee, the broader mandate of the Defence and Security Committee addresses the military aspects of Alliance security. In general, the Defence and Security Committee examines Alliance transformation, capabilities, ongoing operations, near and long-term threat perspectives, as well as partnerships and programmes to find how NATO can continually improve its readiness, effectiveness, and interoperability.
The areas covered by the Defence and Security Committee include:
- Military effectiveness and interoperability;
- Near and long-term threats and the challenges they pose to Alliance-wide security in the land, air, sea, cyber and space domains;
- Defence initiatives, transformation, and capabilities;
- Defence budgets;
- Mechanisms for democratic control and parliamentary oversight of the defence and security sectors;
- Defence cooperation among Allies and with partner nations;
- NATO’s military structure;
- The conduct of and operational aspects of military operations;
- Operational relations with other international organizations, particularly the European Union and the United Nations;
- The progress of candidate and partner countries in meeting standards for integration into NATO operations and partnerships;
- The evolving role of women in Allied and partner nations’ military forces and NATO operations; and,
- Understanding the impact of armed conflict on women and children, and the role of women in support of conflict resolution and stabilisation.