Squaring the circle: Fitting force transformation into NATO’s Lisbon reform

Speaking to assembled participants from across the European security and defence community, General Stéphane Abrial, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, welcomed the opportunity to “discuss the issues that are at the heart of my command’s mandate”. During this wide ranging debate on January 27 2011, questions of national sovereignty in equipment sharing, the role of industrial and civilian partners in supporting force transformation and the need for a balance between capabilities were key themes. Overall, the General concluded that “the main challenges we face in transforming our forces can be overcome. They are not insurmountable, it just looks that way” he added jokingly.


The SDA is pleased to present the principal conclusions of the debate in this report.