As NATO heads towards its sixtieth anniversary, the Alliance remains involved in Afghanistan, one of the most challenging stabilisation missions in its history. Furthermore, it also continues to transform itself, in order to meet the complex security environment of the 21st century, and embrace a continent which is no longer divided - in theory - by ideology or spheres of influence. All of these are daunting challenges but, if NATO has proved anything over the course of its existence, it is that the organisation remains resilient and adaptable.
RUSI was pleased therefore to welcome General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) on 20 October in order to address some of NATO's current and future tasks. General Craddock provided an update on the current mission in Afghanistan, the challenges it still faces and the progress that is being made. Looking at how changing security environments are affecting the Alliance he finally offered practical suggestions as to what NATO should do to effectively meet operational challenges in the 21st century.
For a copy of his speech, please follow the link.
General John Craddock graduated from West Virginia University and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. In 1989, Craddock assumed command of the 4th Btn 64th Armor 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia, during which time he deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1996 Gen Craddock move to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Assistant Deputy Director (Plans and Policy), J5. General Craddock led the U.S. Southern Command from 2004 until 2006, when he was appointed to his current post.