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Report: NATO to Expand Command Centers, Cyber Operations

NATO plans to increase its military headquarters from seven to nine and integrate cyber efforts into all alliance operations, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The organization’s defense ministers agreed to build a maritime security-focused command center in the Atlantic as well as a Europe-based command site for troop movements, with specific locations to be identified in 2018.

“The NATO command structure is the backbone of the alliance… the command structure has to change when the security environment is changing,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

NATO also decided to expand its cyber operations in line with a 2014 commitment to broaden collective efforts to counter cyber attacks.

Stoltenberg noted NATO aims to become as effective in the cyber area as in the air, land and sea domains.

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