Defence and Security Committee (DSC)

Chairpersons and Committee Members                                                                       
Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities (DSCFC) Chairpersons and Members
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation (DSCTC) Chairpersons and Members
Committee Director: Ethan Corbin, Ph.D. 

In 2021, the Defence and Security Committee (DSC), the Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities (DSCFC), and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation (DSCTC), will be working on the following draft reports:

  1. DSC Draft General Report:
    ➡️ International Arms Control: Challenges Ahead
    Rapporteur: Cédric PERRIN (France)
  2. DSCFC Draft Report: 
    ➡️ China's Defence Posture: Implications for NATO
    Rapporteur: Lara MARTINHO (Portugal)
  3. DSCTC Draft Report: 
    ➡️ Security Challenges in the High North 
    Rapporteur: Jean-Charles LARSONNEUR (France)


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 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:

  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.

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