“We will establish a new joint force command for the Atlantic, to help protect sea lines of communication between North America and Europe,” Stoltenberg told reporters following the first ministerial session of the current North Atlantic Council. “We will establish a new support command for logistics, reinforcement and military mobility — improving the movement of troops and equipment is essential to our collective deterrence and defense.”
However, NATO Secretary General did not specify the particular timeline of the pending modernization.
“We have not made any final decisions on where to locate new land component commands … but we have decided that we need some more new land component commands. I know that several nations have put forward proposals that they are ready to host new land component commands,” Stoltenberg said.
The Secretary General pointed out that the decision on the location of the new commands would be made during the defense ministers’ meeting in June.
“What we decide today is the structure, then we will as we move toward the meeting of defense ministers in June to decide the geographical footprint, where to locate the new commands and also the exact manning level in the new command,” Stoltenberg added.