FACT SHEET: NATO Summit: Revitalizing the Transatlantic Alliance


“The transatlantic alliance is the strong foundation on which our collective security and prosperity are built. The partnership between Europe and the United States is and must be, in my view, the cornerstone of everything we do in the 21st century.NS Century, as we did in the 20thNS Century … The United States is fully committed to our NATO alliance … we will remain true to Article 5. “

President Biden, February 19, 2021

President Biden will attend the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14th, which will bring together the leaders of all 30 allied nations. During the summit, the President will reaffirm NATO’s enduring transatlantic bond and underscore America’s iron commitment to Article 5 – an attack on one is an attack on all and will be met with a collective response. Allied leaders will launch a number of ambitious initiatives to ensure that NATO continues to provide security to our citizens through 2030 and beyond.

The transatlantic relationship is built on the basis of shared democratic values. The strength of NATO rests not only on its military might, but also on its unity and its common goal, which is based on respect for democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law, as enshrined in the Washington Treaty. Now in its 73rd year, NATO is the most powerful and successful alliance in history. NATO faced the communist bloc during the Cold War and today offers security to around one billion people in Europe and North America. While NATO ceases its military presence in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years, the United States and our NATO allies and partners will continue to provide civil and security assistance to the Afghan people. The United States will continue to stand side by side with our allies and partners in NATO’s non-combat advisory mission in Iraq.

NATO played a crucial role in coordinating the civilian response to COVID-19, shipping hundreds of tons of critical supplies around the world and building nearly 100 field hospitals while maintaining its deterrent and defense position. This aid saves lives and proves that defense investments and capacity building increase our nations’ resilience to crises of all kinds, not just military threats.

Important results of the summit:

A new strategic concept: The Allies will agree to revise NATO’s Strategic Concept, a framework that will guide the Alliance’s approach to the evolving strategic environment that encompasses Russia’s aggressive policies and actions; Challenges facing the People’s Republic of China to our collective security, prosperity and values; and transnational threats such as terrorism, cyber threats and climate change. The new strategic concept will be prepared for adoption at the NATO summit in 2022.

Update your cyber defense: Leaders will endorse a new cyber defense policy for NATO that will strengthen Allied coordination to ensure the Alliance is resilient to the increasingly common and serious threats we face from malicious cyber activities by state and non-state actors including disruptive ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure. This updated policy will also provide strategic guidance for NATO’s political, military and technical cyber efforts to deter, counter and combat the full spectrum of cyber threats. Leaders will also reaffirm the importance of defending our networks and ensuring that allies rely on trusted providers for next generation telecommunications networks.

Maintaining our technological lead: Leaders will reaffirm that NATO’s ability to ensure our common defense depends on maintaining our technological edge. The Allies will launch a Defense Innovation Accelerator to facilitate their technology collaboration and accelerate the adoption of new technologies that will improve the Alliance’s defense and security.

Combating climate change: Heads of State and Government will agree to a climate security action plan with the goal of NATO becoming the leading international organization for understanding and adapting to the effects of climate change on security. They agree to reduce greenhouse gases from military activities and facilities in line with national commitments under the Paris Agreement and to initiate regular high-level global climate and security dialogue.

Reinforced deterrence and defense: Allies will commit to implementing new military concepts and strategies that strengthen NATO’s deterrent and defense position to counter threats from Russia and other countries. NATO continues to monitor Russian operations in and around Ukraine.

Greater distribution of responsibility: Defense spending outside of the US has increased seven years in a row since the Welsh defense investment commitment was accepted during the Obama-Biden administration in 2014. Allied leaders will reassign themselves to the Welsh pledge and provide NATO with cash, capabilities and contributions from prepared forces.

Invest in NATO: The Allies will also undertake to ensure that NATO is led, staffed and resourced at the necessary level to implement the decisions reached at the summit. Heads of State or Government will agree to identify the additional resources, including through joint NATO resources, to improve NATO’s ability to address security challenges now and in the future.

Increased consultation and cohesion: The Allies will undertake to strengthen political coordination within NATO on all matters relating to their individual and collective security. Heads of State or Government will also reaffirm their commitment to their common values, including individual freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Stronger societies: In the face of increasingly complex threats to our security, Allied leaders will reaffirm that national and collective resilience is essential to credible deterrence and defense, and essential to protecting our societies, citizens and common values. Allied leaders will issue a Resilience Enhancement Commitment to outline future priorities, including the security of supply chains, critical infrastructure and energy grids, and preparedness for pandemics and natural disasters.

Deeper partnerships: The Allies will enhance NATO’s ability to strengthen the rules-based international order by promoting dialogue and practical cooperation with the Alliance’s partners, including the European Union and those in the Indo-Pacific (Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Republic of Korea) intensify. . Heads of State and Government will reassign themselves to NATO’s Open Door Policy, which provides a path to membership for any European country that shares our values ​​and fulfills the necessary responsibilities and commitments.

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