Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

NATO to focus more on digital threats

NATO has pledged to focus more on digital threats in future. This has been affirmed in the Posture Review, which is one of the items on the agenda of the NATO summit in Chicago. The allies have been discussing whether the current mix of weapons is still optimal and able to withstand new threats. These decisions are very much in line with the Netherlands’ ambitions for the summit.

NATO has pledged to focus more on digital threats in future. This has been affirmed in the Posture Review, which is one of the items on the agenda of the NATO summit in Chicago. The allies have been discussing whether the current mix of weapons is still optimal and able to withstand new threats. These decisions are very much in line with the Netherlands’ ambitions for the summit.

During a press conference at the start of the summit, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands was very pleased that NATO is to devote more attention to new threats, including attacks on digital infrastructure. Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal commented, ‘This is not a luxury, but a harsh necessity.’ Cyber defence will be incorporated into the alliance’s command structure.

From the outset Mr Rosenthal has pressed for publication of the Posture Review, and the allies have agreed to release the review as a public document. ‘This is a major step in the right direction. Parliaments and the public have a right to see this. And it’s also necessary to maintain public support for NATO.’ The Posture Review will be issued after the summit.

On Monday NATO will discuss the strategic plan for Afghanistan for 2015-2017, at which point Afghanistan will be responsible for its own security, with support from the international community. ‘The Netherlands will contribute its fair share of €30 million a year,’ said the foreign minister. ‘€25 million for the police and €5 million for the armed forces.’