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NATO's Maritime Moment: Opportunities and Challenges for Alliance Maritime Power?

29 January 2016, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall
RUSI Members Only
This event will explore NATO’s Maritime structures and capability, the role it plays and the threats it faces.

Since the Wales Summit of 2014 there has been a growing interest in NATO's maritime posture and capabilities. The challenge from Russia has critical Atlantic, Baltic, Black Sea and now Eastern Mediterranean Sea dimensions. In parallel,  Contagion - the blending of threats, especially in the context of Daesh, terrorism and immigration, serves to test thinkers and policy makers.

Historically, NATO's naval forces have played a key role in assuring Allies, supporting maritime security and providing part of the NATO Response Force's immediate response posture. The Standing Naval Forces continue to provide a vital fulcrum for training, interoperability and readiness.

As the challenges proliferate including blue water naval power projection, anti-access and area denial, submarine warfare threats and the prospect of hybrid warfare tactics at sea, questions are raised including:

  • How should the West, and in this context the NATO Maritime Community, react?  
  • Are NATO's structures and capabilities up to the mark to signal resolve, assure Allies and deter aggression?
  • What does the future hold?
  • How should we innovate to make sure that we remain able to mitigate threats and ensure deterrence?

To address these questions RUSI is pleased to welcome:

  • Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone CB CBE, Royal Navy, Commander Allied Maritime Command in Northwood UK
  • Rear Admiral Jose Enrique Delgado Roig, Spanish Navy, the Commander of Standing Naval Maritime Group 1
  • Her Excellency Asta Skaisgiryte-Liauskiene, the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Kingdom

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