NATO's Post-Cold War Internal Adaptations

Date of Graduation

Spring 1998


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Jack Crouch


This decade has seen radical political change in Europe. NATO, as the primary security institution in Europe, has responded to these events by restructuring itself. NATO began by creating a new Strategic Concept based on the threats it foresaw in the new European setting. NATO then adapted its military structure to the new Strategic Concept. It streamlined its command structure while empowering European commanders at the same time. It rearranged its forces into formations designed to respond quickly to the type of crises NATO anticipates in the new Europe. Following the U.S. lead, it called for a reduced reliance on nuclear weapons. These alterations were intended to create a new NATO that could succeed in the new European environment. Unfortunately, many of the changes have not been fully implemented or tested, leaving NATO uncertain and ill-prepared to deal with new challenges to Europe's security.

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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