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Into the Breach: Why NATO Needs to Update its Strategic Concept

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U.S. Naval War College Newport United States

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The NATO Alliance must update the substance of its Strategic Concept by 2020 but make revisions within the framework of three essential core tasks Collective Defense, Crisis Management, and Cooperative Security. This will allow NATO to maintain the delicate balance of competing threat perceptions among its members, while refreshing its content to maintain credibility and relevance with the international community, political leaders, and allied publics. This analysis does not consider the Alliances modern relevance. Rather, this study examines how the 2010 Strategic Concept can adapt to preserve its relevance. An exploration of the concepts Collective Defense section considers the threats NATO faces and the capabilities it needs to counter them.

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