Summit Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government – Second Media Advisory

By NATO General information This Media Advisory complements the advisory released on 10 May and contains information for media planning, video and audio transmission and recording, working facilities at the International Media Centre (IMC) in Warsaw and initial information on events coverage and pools. For further information on the Summit and about NATO, please visit: . ... Read More»

July 4, 2016: Pre-Summit Press Conference

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Pre-Summit Press Conference July 4, 2016 Good afternoon. Happy fourth of July to our American friends! And welcome all of you to this press conference. This week’s NATO Summit in Warsaw comes at a defining time for our security. With threats and challenges from many directions. In response, at our ... Read More»

June 30, 2016: International Press Association Q&A with Ambassador Lute, Ambassador Najder, and Deputy Ambassador Johnston

Ambassador Douglas Lute U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ambassador Jacek Najder (Poland) Deputy Ambassador Paul Johnston (UK)   From Wales to Warsaw: NATO Faces New Threats and Challenges  International Press Association  June 30, 2016   Moderator:  Hello, colleagues.  Please take your seats.  Thank you. My name is Hans de Bruijn, I’m the Secretary General of the ... Read More»

NATO Summit Guide: Warsaw, July 8-9, 2016

 By NATO An essential Alliance in a more dangerous world The Warsaw Summit comes at a defining moment for the security of the North Atlantic Alliance. In recent years, the world has become more volatile and dangerous with Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, as well as its military build-up from the ... Read More»

NATO Secretary General Meets Secretary Kerry for Talks on Warsaw Summit, UK Referendum

By NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry at NATO headquarters on Monday, June 27, 2016 on next week’s Warsaw Summit, and the implications of the UK’s vote on membership in the European Union. They welcomed the British government’s restatement of its steadfast commitment to the Alliance. They agreed ... Read More»

June 21, 2016: Mr. Robert Bell on New Baltic Capabilities

Mr. Robert Bell Defense Advisor U.S. Mission to NATO and Secretary of Defense Representative in Europe Press Briefing on New Baltic Capabilities June 21, 2016   Mr. Bell:  I’m happy to join you. I would just say with respect to these capabilities that we’ve been highlighting for the Baltic nations, the concept here is quite ... Read More»

June 21, 2016: Brigadier General Blake Ortner’s Saber Strike Closing Comments

Brigadier General Blake Ortner Commander, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard Exercise Saber Strike Closing Comments   Good morning.  Mister Prime Minister, Lieutenant General Terras, Soldiers of Saber Strike, guests and friends. On behalf of Lieutenant General Hodges, thank you for being here today to celebrate the conclusion of this outstanding exercise. Saber Strike is an exercise ... Read More»

Baltic Allies Invest in National Defense

Article 3 of the Washington Treaty commits NATO Allies to strengthen their own national defense and ability to resist armed attack. In line with these commitments, Baltic States are acquiring capabilities that, individually and together, harden their national defenses and enhance their ability to tap Alliance capabilities should the need arise. U.S. Exercise Saber Strike ... Read More»

Carter Announces More U.S. Support for Afghan Forces

By  Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in the air, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said this morning in Brussels. The secretary spoke during a news conference after this week’s NATO defense ministers conference, his ... Read More»

June 15, 2016: Secretary Carter’s Defense Ministerial Press Conference

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Defense Ministerial Press Conference June 15, 2016   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter: I told Peter he didn’t need to introduce me, because I — presumably, I was who you thought would be here, which is why you came. But in all seriousness, good afternoon, and it’s good to be ... Read More»

June 13, 2016: Ambassador Lute’s Pre-Ministerial Telephonic Press Briefing

Ambassador Douglas Lute U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Pre-Ministerial Telephone Press Brief June 13, 2016   Moderator:  Today we are pleased to be joined once again from Brussels by Ambassador Douglas Lute, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO.  As you know, this week is the NATO Defense Ministerial, and the Warsaw Summit is just around ... Read More»

June 13, 2016: Ambassador Lute’s Pre-Ministerial Press Briefing

Ambassador Douglas Lute U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Pre-Ministerial Press Brief June 13, 2016 Moderator:  Hello, everyone.  Welcome to Ambassador Lute’s Pre-Defense Ministerial press briefing.  As you know, Ambassador Lute is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission at NATO.  And I just wanted to say welcome to everyone.   We’re going to start with some ... Read More»

June 8, 2016: Vice Admiral James G. Foggo, III on BALTOPS 2016

Vice Admiral James G. Foggo, III, Commander Naval Striking & Support Forces NATO Rear Admiral Paddy McAlpine, CBE, Royal Navy Deputy Commander, Naval Striking & Support Forces NATO Rear Admiral Francesco Covella, Italian Navy Deputy Chief of Operations, Naval Striking & Support Forces NATO Lieutenant Colonel Per Gottfridsson, Staff Officer, Swedish Naval Warfare Center BALTOPS Liaison Officer aboard USS ... Read More»

Admiral Howard Takes the Helm at JFC Naples

By JFC Naples Admiral Michelle Howard, the 29th commander of JFC Naples, assumed command from U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Ferguson, who is slated to retire from the Navy. Howard previously served as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. In addition to Howard and Ferguson, the ceremony’s official party included U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied ... Read More»

Secretary General Previews Warsaw Summit on Visit to Poland

By NATO On the second day of his visit to Poland NATO Secretary General met with the Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski to discuss NATO’s response to a more challenging security environment and preparations for the Warsaw Summit. Speaking at the Warsaw University ... Read More»

May 18, 2016: Ambassador Lute’s Pre-Ministerial Telephonic Press Briefing

Ambassador Douglas Lute U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Telephone Press Briefing May 18, 2016    Moderator:  Thank you very much, and greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe.  Thanks to all of you for joining this discussion today. Today we are ... Read More»

May 18, 2016: Ambassador Lute’s Pre-Ministerial Press Briefing

Ambassador Douglas Lute U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Pre-Ministerial Press Brief May 18, 2016   Moderator:  Good afternoon, everyone.  My name is Shannon Quinn.  I’m the press attaché for U.S. Mission to NATO and it is my pleasure to introduce my ambassador, Ambassador Douglas Lute.  I want to welcome the people that are not normally ... Read More»

May 11, 2016: Ambassador Douglas Lute and Assistant Secretary Frank Rose on Romanian BMD Site

Ambassador Douglas Lute, U.S. Ambassador to NATO  Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose, Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Romanian State Secretary Daniel Ionită, Strategic Affairs May 11, 2016 Bucharest Moderator:  We have a very prestigious panel.  I would like to begin with our host, Romanian State Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Daniel Ionită.  You’ll find his bio in your packets, ... Read More»

NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD): Myth vs. Fact

Proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. Over 30 countries have, or are acquiring, ballistic missile technology that could eventually be used to carry not just conventional warheads, but also weapons of mass destruction. The proliferation of these capabilities does not necessarily mean there is an immediate ... Read More»

Secretary General Discusses Stronger NATO-EU cooperation at EU Defence Ministerial

By NATO Speaking ahead of the EU Defense Ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday (19 April) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed close cooperation between NATO and the EU to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis. He said that NATO ships deployed in the Aegean Sea are doing surveillance and reconnaissance and “providing real-time information ... Read More»

EUCOM Announces European Reassurance Initiative Implementation Plan

By  U.S. European Command STUTTGART, Germany – As part of the United States commitment to increased assurance and deterrence, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) to the European theater in February 2017, bringing the total Army presence in Europe up to three fully-manned Army brigades. As discussed during the announcement of ... Read More»

Air National Guard F-15s head to Iceland and the Netherlands

By USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Twelve F-15C Eagles and approximately 350 Airmen and support equipment from the 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, and the 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, will deploy to the European theater beginning April 1, 2016. The arrival of these F-15s marks the ... Read More»

Lithuania Upgrades Radio Communications Equipment

Today, the Lithuanian military took delivery of a $24 million equipment package, including radio equipment that will improve force communications in the field and ground-to-air transmissions, such as calling for precision NATO air strikes.  The equipment was purchased with U.S. European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and other foreign assistance funds. Article 3 of the Washington Treaty ... Read More»

Estonia Takes Delivery of Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles

The Estonian military received a second tranche of anti-tank missiles on March 20. The $33 million purchase of Javelins was funded with U.S. European Reassurance Initiative funds. The U.S.-produced Javelin missile can defeat any tank in the world and is the standard system used by the U.S. Army. Working together to acquire this important defensive ... Read More»

NATO Welcomes Closer Ties With the Gulf Cooperation Council

By NATO NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, to NATO headquarters on Friday (18 March 2016) for talks on deepening cooperation between the two organisations. At a special session of the North Atlantic Council, Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed the Gulf Cooperation Council’s important ... Read More»

NATO Secretary General Discusses Partnership with the King of Jordan

By NATO NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (17 March 2016) for talks on the Alliance’s partnership with Jordan and regional security challenges. Mr. Stoltenberg underscored NATO’s commitment to Jordan and praised the country’s role as an active member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue. The Secretary ... Read More»

NATO Praises Dedication of Afghan and Resolute Support Forces

By NATO NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the dedication and courage of Afghan forces and Resolute Support troops in Kabul on Wednesday (16 March 2016). He stressed that NATO stands with Afghanistan and will continue to support the country, including through its Resolute Support Mission and financial support. “Our mission here is no longer a ... Read More»

Secretary General: NATO-EU Cooperation Essential in a Challenging World

By NATO Visiting the European Commission on Thursday (10 March 2016), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the vital importance of the relationship between NATO and the European Union. After meeting Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed the organisations’ deepening ties, saying, “that is something we need more than ever, because we face a more challenging ... Read More»

February 29, 2016: Major General David W. Allvin on the European Reassurance Initiative

Major General David W. Allvin, Director of Strategy and Policy for U.S. European Command Telephonic Press Briefing on the European Reassurance Initiative Hosted by the Brussels Media Hub February 29, 2016 MODERATOR: Good morning everybody, and greetings from the U.S. Department of State. I would like to welcome all of our participants who are dialing in ... Read More»

Secretary Carter Meets with NATO Counterparts in Brussels

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with his NATO‬ counterparts for the first Defense Ministerial of the year. Allied ministers agreed to provide support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis, and took steps to strengthen the Alliance defense and deterrence posture. While in town, Secretary Carter convened the first ever gathering of the ... Read More»

February 9, 2016: Ambassador Lute’s Telephonic Press Briefing

February 9, 2016 Moderator: Today we’re very pleased to welcome once again from Brussels Ambassador Douglas Lute, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO. As you know, this week is the NATO Defense Ministerial, so this is a very timely conversation and I’m sure you have many questions. And thanks again to Ambassador Lute for taking ... Read More»

US Contribution Helps Move NATO Missile Defense Forward

The U.S. is making major strides with Allies to advance NATO’s critical missile defense capability. The European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) has made important progress over the past six years, according to Frank Rose, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. The first Aegis ashore site in Deveselu, Romania made its technical ... Read More»

Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

By Cheryl Pellerin, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, December 3, 2015 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be ... Read More»

November 30, 2015: Ambassador Lute’s Telephonic Press Briefing

November 30, 2015 Moderator:  Thanks very much, and greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State and from the U.S. European Media Hub here in Brussels.  I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and thanks to all of you for joining this discussion.  We’re really looking forward to taking your ... Read More»

USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target During Coalition Test

From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) — USS Ross (DDG 71) successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015. This is first time a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided interceptor ... Read More»

Ambassador Lute on a Panel “The Cost of European Security” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ms. Dempsey: Good evening everybody. Thank you very very much for your patience. It’s a great honor to be here. My name is Judy Dempsey. I don’t live in Brussels. Non-resident doesn’t mean that I don’t have a roof. I live in Berlin, but I’ve come over for this event and especially for my friend ... Read More»

NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU) Activated Today in Six Allied Nations

Six small headquarters or NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUS) were activated on September 1, delivering on promise of adaptation measures under the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) agreed by President Obama and the other 27 Alliance leaders Wales Summit in 2014. These first six multinational command and control units on the territories of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, ... Read More»

F-22s Touch Down in Europe

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors flew in the skies over Lask Air Base, Poland this week. Four F-22 Raptors arrived in Germany as part of the first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe. F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida were deployed to Europe over the weekend as part of the U.S. European Reassurance Initiative ... Read More»

Ambassador Douglas Lute, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Remarks to Afghan Journalists via Digital Video Conference

May 21, 2015 Ambassador Lute:  As Shannon introduced, NATO Foreign Ministers met last Wednesday and Thursday in Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.  The 28 Ministers came together and did a lot of NATO business, but the opening session of the two-day ministerial was the session on Afghanistan.  So here you had Foreign Minister ... Read More»

Ambassador Lute’s Remarks at Friends of Europe on NATO’s Readiness Action Plan

Speakers: Douglas E. Lute, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Dutch Ambassador to NATO Karl Heinz Kamp, Federal Academy for Security Policy, Germany Moderator:  Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.  Welcome to Friends of Europe and welcome to this evening’s discussion of the NATO spearhead.  My name is Giles Merritt.  I’m the Secretary General of ... Read More»

NATO Ballistic Missile Defense Capabilities

April 17, 2015 Ambassador Douglas Lute, Op-Ed This month, the United States will deliver a 9,000-ton boost to the ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). With the arrival of the USS Porter, the third U.S. BMD-capable Aegis ship to be home-ported in Spain, the U.S. continues to meet its ... Read More»

From Wales to Warsaw: NATO’s Readiness Action Plan

Article in The Council of American Ambassadors Douglas Lute March 20, 2015 At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in Wales on September 4-5, 2014, NATO leaders were clear about the security challenges on the Alliance’s borders. In the East, Russia’s actions threaten our vision of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. On the Alliance’s southeastern ... Read More»

February 4, 2015: Ambassador Lute’s Pre-Foreign Ministerial Briefing

February 4, 2015 Ambassador Lute:  Thanks.  For returning veterans, thanks for coming again to the latest greatest ministerial session here at NATO.  We do these, for those who are new to the game, we do these about quarterly with either Defense Ministers or Foreign Ministers, so tomorrow is Defense Ministers.  It will be the first ... Read More»

November 20, 2014: The Wales Summit: Strengthening NATO Partnerships

In 2014, NATO confronts diverse and complex challenges on its periphery.  From Russia’s aggression in Ukraine to the emergence of the terrorist group known as ISIL to unrest in Northern Africa, NATO faces instability on its flanks.  At the NATO Summit this September, NATO’s 28 leaders assessed these threats and took decisions to adapt the ... Read More»

October 9, 2014: NATO: A Bedrock for Transatlantic Peace and Security

Op-Ed by Douglas Lute October 9, 2014 For 65 years, NATO – history’s most successful and durable alliance — has served as the bedrock for trans-Atlantic peace and security. As threats have evolved and walls have fallen, the Alliance has remained the foundation for stability and prosperity, anchored by a steadfast commitment to shared democratic ... Read More»
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