UK supports commitment to set up Nato’s modernised Command Structure

20 February 2018 (Last Updated February 20th, 2018 11:43)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out its commitment to establish a modern Nato in order to ensure that the North Atlantic Alliance is able to effectively meet growing security challenges.

UK supports commitment to set up Nato’s modernised Command Structure
UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and counterparts at a meeting of Nato Defence Ministers in Brussels. Credit: Crown copyright.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out its commitment to establish a modern Nato in order to ensure that the North Atlantic Alliance is able to effectively meet growing security challenges.

The UK is set to contribute nearly 100 personnel to Nato’s upgraded Command Structure as part of the initiative.

Speaking at a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Nato is the cornerstone of our defence but we live in an uncertain world, with the confrontation and conflict we face shifting and evolving.

"Nato is the cornerstone of our defence but we live in an uncertain world, with the confrontation and conflict we face shifting and evolving."

“Nato must modernise at the same pace, so we can respond better and faster to deter those that threaten our safety and way of life.”

The Alliance also discussed a variety of issues regarding the modernisation of Nato, including burden sharing, cooperation with the European Union (EU) and efforts taken, as well as the ongoing adaptation of the Command Structure.

In addition, the respective defence ministers of the Nato allies discussed whether to implement a design that would include proposals for a new Command Structure for the Atlantic and a command to upgrade the movement of military forces across Europe.

The proposed Command Structure was influenced by senior British staff and is anticipated to help support the Alliance to command and control its operations wherever required.

UK armed forces currently play a leading role in Nato’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), providing the framework battlegroup in Estonia and a company to the US-led eFP battlegroup in Poland.

Williamson also welcomed the arrival of Danish forces into Estonia and the announcement that France is slated to return to support the UK-led force next year.