Accession Number : ADA259470


Title :   NATO: A Changing Alliance Faces New Challenges


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a259470.pdf


Report Date : Jul 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 41


Abstract : The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) provides for Europe and North America's collective defense against armed aggression. Until recently, the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact constituted the primary threat to NATO. However, since the Soviet Union broke up, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, and East and West Germany unified, NATO is changing its strategic concept and force structure to address the evolving security situation in Europe. In response to the challenging security environment, NATO has been defining the security risks to alliance members and developing the strategic concept, military strategic guidance, command and force structures, and operational concept. As part of NATO's defense planning process, members annually submit responses to a questionnaire in which they define theirs defense plans. France does not submit a response, as it withdrew from NATO's integrated military structure in 1966. Although Spain is not in the integrated military structure, it participates in NATO's collective force planning.


Descriptors :   *NATO , *GEOPOLITICS , MILITARY STRATEGY , NATIONAL SECURITY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE