9 February 2011 - NATO 3.0 AT THE HEART OF DEFENCE AND SECURITY COMMITTEE TALKS
In the wake of the successful NATO Summit in Lisbon at the end of 2010, the Alliance now faces the critical task of turning the political commitments made at the meeting into concrete actions and real capabilities. This was among the main themes discussed during a visit of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee to the United States from 31 January to 4 February 2011.
The delegation, composed of 38 legislators from 20 NATO member states, was led by the Canadian Committee Chairman Senator Joseph Day.
The Committee’s visit to the United States, undertaken annually at the invitation of the U.S. House of Representatives this year, included dialogue with Congressional leaders as well as senior officials from the Departments o f State and Defense. The delegation also met in Washington DC with independent experts at the Council on Foreign Relations. Finally, the delegation traveled to
The wide-ranging discussions centered on the following themes, among others: the evolution of NATO, and its top priority operation in Afghanistan; missile defense; the rapidly developing situation in Egypt and across north Africa; relations with Russia; defense spending in an age of austerity; and the implications of the new configuration of the U.S. political system as a result of the November 2010 legislative elections.
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Members of the delegation aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)