More than 60 representatives from the 16 North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations and three invited nations, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, met in Norfolk, Va. Nov. 12-13 to exchange ideas on a defense capabilities initiative for the April 1999 NATO Summit to be held in Washington, D.C.
Building on NATO's strong military base, the nations centered their discussions on practical measures for transforming national and alliance defense capabilities in the areas of command, control and communication, logistics and concept development. Nations also discussed the core capabilities of a common operational vision including mobility, effective engagement, sustainability and survivability. Such a transformation is needed to meet the security challenges of the 21st century,
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Gen. Wesley Clark, addressed the conference. Representatives for the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Norway also made presentations.
Proposals discussed at the conference will be refined in Brussels over the coming weeks in preparation for the NATO Defense Ministerial scheduled for Dec 17-18.