The Playbook for NATO Success, Briefed by a Former SACEUR

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Background:  The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) is responsible for all of NATO’s military operations.  The senior role has traditionally been held by an American, who usually serves a dual-hatted role as SACEUR as well as Commander of U.S. European Command.  The Command structure also includes a Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation (SACT).

NATO was created after World War II, just as the Cold War began, as a way for smaller countries to band resources together to form a collective defense against larger nations.  With three core functions; collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security, NATO has only once ever invoked Article 5 – which is the declaration that an attack against one, is an attack against all.  That invocation of Article 5 occurred after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. 

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