Defence and Security Committee (DSC)

At the 65th Annual Session in London, UK, the Committee adopted the following three reports:

  1. DSC General Report by Joseph A. DAY (Canada): A New Era for Nuclear Deterrence? Modernisation, Arms Control, and Allied Nuclear Forces
  2. DSCTC Report by Nicolas SOAMES (United Kingdom): Evolving Security in the North Atlantic 
  3. DSCFC Report by Lara MARTINHO (Portugal): NATO Exercises – Evolution and Lessons Learned

as well as two resolutions : 

Resolution 455 on Supporting NATO's post-INF Treaty defence and deterrence posture and Resolution 456 on Recent developments in Afghanistan 

Committee Members
Committee Director: Ethan Corbin, Ph.D. 

Originally known as the Military Committee, the broader mandate of the Defence and Security Committee (DSC) 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.

This Committee has two Sub-Committees: The Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation (DSCTC) and the Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities (DSCFC)

The areas covered by the Defence and Security Committee include:

  1. Military effectiveness and interoperability;
  2. Near and long-term threats and the challenges they pose to Alliance-wide security in the land, air, sea, cyber and space domains;
  3. Defence initiatives, transformation, and capabilities;
  4. Defence budgets;
  5. Mechanisms for democratic control and parliamentary oversight of the defence and security sectors;
  6. Defence cooperation among Allies and with partner nations;
  7. NATO’s military structure;
  8. The conduct of and operational aspects of military operations;
  9. Operational relations with other international organisations, particularly the European Union and the United Nations;
  10. The progress of candidate and partner countries in meeting standards for integration into NATO operations and partnerships;
  11. The evolving role of women in Allied and partner nations’ military forces and NATO operations; and,
  12. Understanding the impact of armed conflict on women and children, and the role of women in support of conflict resolution and stabilisation.