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Roundtable with Chair of NATO’s Military Committee and Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces

The Norwegian Atlantic Committee

Thursday the 14th of September, The Norwegian Atlantic Committee hosted a roundtable with Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of NATO’s Military Committee and General Eirik Kristoffersen, Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces. The meeting was held against the backdrop of NATO's annual Military Committee Conference, which this year takes place in Oslo, Norway between the 15th-17th of September.

The roundtable gathered local defence and security policy experts for an hour-long fruitful conversation including an intriguing Q&A session. The roundtable was moderated by Kate Hansen Bundt, the secretary general of The Norwegian Atlantic Committee.

The invitees discussed the main agenda for this year’s conference, namely, to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence posture and how NATO will bring forward the decisions made by the member states in Vilnius in July. The conversation evolved around some of the main challenges facing the alliance going forward and how to make NATO’s Regional Plans fully executable, including:

  • More troops on higher readiness;
  • Capability building and development;
  • Adaptation of NATO’s command and control structures;
  • More enablement (logistics, host nation support, maintenance, replenishment and prepositioning of stocks, military mobility);
  • More collective defence training and exercising.

These are also the main points to be address during the Annual Conference in Oslo this weekend.

The Norwegian Atlantic Committee was honored to host the two distinguished officials at our premises in Oslo. We wish them a successful meeting and good luck in their important work going forward.