NATO capabilities

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has continuously evolved and changed, both politically and militarily, during its 71-year existence. As a result, the methods and principles of the organisation chosen at the beginning of the Cold War are no longer relevant in the 21 st century. NATO's military capabilities are constantly improving and changing both the military structure of the Alliance and the military capabilities.

While adapting to the new challenges in the global security environment, the Alliance develops its military capabilities to be modern and expandable. One of such adjustments can be seen in the creation of the NATO Response Force that was set up in 2002 and which remains the main cornerstone of NATO collective security.

The development and transformation of military capabilities is based on the strategic concept of NATO as well as the Political Guidelines. These documents set out how to develop the armed forces of the Member States so that they have sufficient capabilities for deployment and interoperability.