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NATO Plans to Establish Joint Force Commands in Virginia, Germany; Jens Stoltenberg Comments

Jens Stoltenberg

NATO will move to create two joint force commands after defense ministers from the international alliance’s member states gave their approval, DoD News reported Thursday.

The alliance intends to establish a new command in Norfolk, Va., to support maritime security efforts in the Atlantic region and form another command in Ulm, Germany.

“These headquarters will be essential for Alliance reinforcements across the Atlantic and across Europe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Thursday.

He said defense ministers have also agreed on a framework to integrate cybersecurity into the alliance’s missions.

NATO allies have worked to increase defense spending over the past four years and the majority of member countries have pledged to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on military programs through 2024, according to Stoltenberg.

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