NATO: New "Grand Strategy" Proposed by Former Top Military Leaders

Posted in NATO | 11-Jan-08 | Author: Dieter Farwick

"The authors offer ideas on how to solve the problems of the rivalry with the EU"

Five former top-ranking military leaders present today their study "Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World - Renewing Transatlantic Partnership" – enabled by the Dutch Noaber Foundation – on a new comprehensive and coherent “Grand Strategy” for NATO and so-called interlocking institutions like the UN and the EU.

General (ret.) Dr. Klaus Naumann, Former Chief of the Defence Staff Germany, Former Chairman Military Committee NATO, General (ret.) John Shalikashvili, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Field Marshal The Lord Inge, Former Chief of the Defence Staff United Kingdom, Admiral (ret.) Jacques Lanxade, Former Chief of the Defence Staff France, Former Ambassador, and General (ret.) Henk van den Breemen, Former Chief of the Defence Staff the Netherlands gained a lot of politico-military experience in top national and NATO appointments reaching far beyond a purely military expertise. This broad-based knowledge is the prerequisite to develop a “Grand Strategy” that reflects all relevant political factors of soft and hard power.

Based upon their professional experience, the authors offer short, mid- and long-term steps for NATO. In this newsletter we present four chapters of the study.

I had the chance to ask General (ret.) Dr. Klaus Naumann, member of the International Advisory Board of the World Security Network Foundation, some questions to get more background informations. As Chairman of the NATO Military Committee he was directly involved in various politico-military operations –e.g. in The Balkans, including negotiations with Slobodan Milosevic. The lessons he learned from the political deficiencies and limited military capabilities found their way into the study.

If you want to read the full study "Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World - Renewing Transatlantic Partnership", please click here.