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NATO Defense Ministers to Discuss New Alliance Initiatives

NATO defense ministers will gather at a summit in Brussels in July to discuss new initiatives meant to increase force readiness of alliance members, DoD News reported Wednesday.

One of the initiatives include establishing two joint force commands in Norfolk, Va., for transatlantic operations and Ulm, Germany, for European logistics efforts.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the formation of two new commands would help increase the alliance’s command structure by about 1,200.

Defense ministers also plan to discuss defense spending and burden-sharing, NATO’s responsibilities in war against violent extremism, the support capacity of the alliance for Jordan and Tunisia and plans to expand the partnership between NATO and the European Union.

“Military mobility could become a flagship for our cooperation, and we are working together to eliminate obstacles–whether legal, customs or infrastructure–to ensure our forces can move across Europe when necessary,” Stoltenberg added.

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