Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has released his Annual Report for 2018
The Report tells the story of NATO in 2018 – one of a modern Alliance, responding to today’s security threats, adapting to new challenges and investing in the future. It outlines NATO’s activities and achievements in 2018, including:
• The Brussels Summit where we took over a hundred new decisions to strengthen our deterrence and defence posture, and ensure we are ready and able to protect all Allies.
• Trident Juncture 2018, NATO’s largest exercise in a generation, with more than 50,000 personnel coming from all 29 Allied countries, as well as from Finland and Sweden.
• The launch of a new training mission in Iraq to help the country prevent the resurgence of ISIS and other terrorist groups.
The disaster response exercise in Serbia, Srbija 2018, involving around 2,000 personnel from almost 40 countries.
• The move of over 4,000 staff into the new, modern and ‘green’ headquarters.
This year’s edition of the Annual Report looks back at the past 12 months, and also includes a series of special sections to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. These sections take a historical view of some of the Alliance’s achievements since its creation in 1949, including the arms control initiatives of the 1980s and 1990s, the collective response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States, and the ‘Open Door’ policy, which has brought former adversaries into the Alliance.
The Annual Report includes the details of estimated 2018 national defence expenditures for all 29 NATO Allies.