Julianna Smith, the U.S. Permanent Representative at NATO headquarters, has announced that new regional defense plans will be approved at the upcoming Vilnius summit.
Smith emphasized the significance of these plans, stating, "This is very important because we have a plan to protect every inch of NATO territory. Additionally, these plans cover various areas, including cyberspace."
Earlier reports indicated that NATO is revising its regional plans to align with the strategic concept adopted at the Madrid Summit in the previous year. The updated plans will provide specific information on how NATO would defend itself against Russia and terrorist organizations.
" NATO’s new Strategic Concept is the blueprint for the Alliance in a more dangerous and competitive world. "- Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secrety General
Royal Netherlands Navy Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of NATO's Military Committee, stated that these plans would be crucial in determining the required troops, weapons, and equipment. The details of the plans and force structure will be presented at the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, scheduled for July 11-12.
Out of NATO's 30 member nations, only seven fulfilled their commitment to allocate 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defense spending last year. Former President Donald Trump and others have criticized those countries that did not meet this requirement.