NATO's Call for Warfighting Transformation

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.19 - 2024 8:00 AM CET

NATO's Call for Warfighting Transformation.

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Rob Bauer, the chair of NATO's military committee, has made a significant statement regarding the need for a transformative approach to warfighting within the alliance.

During a meeting in Brussels, Bauer emphasized the urgency of being prepared for war and the necessity of expecting the unexpected. He underlined that NATO must undergo a "warfighting transformation" to remain effective in the future. This transformation, according to Bauer, will rely heavily on public-private cooperation.

This is reported by Politico.

Bauer, a Dutch admiral, highlighted the need for NATO allies to shift their mindset from a predictable and controllable era to one where anything can happen at any time.

This shift requires a focus on effectiveness, increased defense readiness, more exercises, and industry partnerships. NATO countries must keep troops on high alert to respond swiftly to any unforeseen scenarios.

Adapting to a Changing Global Landscape

The current geopolitical climate, marked by Russian President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, has been a catalyst for NATO countries to increase defense spending and initiate significant contracts with arms manufacturers.

Bauer pointed out the slow pace of ramping up output and the need for standardization in military equipment, like the 155 caliber heavy ammunition, to facilitate cooperation and support Ukraine effectively. He noted that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is pivotal and will determine the fate of the world.

Bauer's statement brings to the forefront the challenges NATO faces in adapting to rapidly shifting global power dynamics. His call for a warfighting transformation within NATO underscores the critical need for readiness, flexibility, and a new approach to defense in a world that is more dangerous and unpredictable than it has been in decades.