Rumsfeld: Transformation Moving NATO Into 21st Century

Initiatives designed to expand NATO’s capabilities are helping the alliance to better confront 21st-century challenges such as global terrorism, the U.S. military’s top civilian said here today. For example, NATO’s recently established rapid response force, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld noted to reporters during a roundtable discussion at a local hotel, “will help the entire alliance move into the 21st century.” After meeting earlier today with senior Romanian government officials in Bucharest, Rumsfeld traveled to this Transylvanian resort town to attend Oct. 13 and 14 NATO informal defense ministerial meetings. Now with 26 member nations, Rumsfeld noted that NATO has also expanded its chemical-biological warfare capabilities. And, with NATO deployments to the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years, Rumsfeld pointed out, the alliance has moved outside of its traditional sphere of operations. Full Story

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