NATO’s Future After the Threat it Didn’t See Coming

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By Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

Gen. Breedlove retired as the Commander, Supreme Allied Command, Europe, SHAPE, Belgium and Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.  He also served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force; and Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff.

NATO, like many of the nations it represents, was caught off guard by the coronavirus pandemic. Concerned about a potential second wave of coronavirus infections, sources told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that leaders are working on a new plan to make sure they aren’t caught off guard a second time.

As part of our Expert Briefings series, The Cipher Brief spoke recently with General Philip Breedlove (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, about how COVID-19 has impacted NATO and what strengths and weaknesses have been exposed.

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