12. 02. 2018 14:08
NATO needs to make decisions faster and more effectively, reads the report by the Slovak NGO and think-tank Globsec, published last week. Moreover, the think-thank made a list of the Alliance's biggest weaknesses and also suggested solutions to them.
According to Globsec's president Róbert Vass, NATO needs to create a new strategic conception as the last one is six years old. "The old conception is absolutely out of date, the environment has changed. Another recommendation is the creation of a new strategy towards Russia. On the one hand, we want to strengthen NATO's 'east wing', on the other we should decrease the risk of conflict by holding a dialogue." Another suggestion is the formation of the Alliance's excellency centre for artificial intelligence (AI). As RTVS pointed, cyberspace is officially the fifth domain of war fighting since 2016 and Globsec suggests that NATO should not underestimate cyber threats. Vass pointed out that investments into AI are increasing in China and Russia in particular and the tempo is much faster than in the EU and the USA, making this one of the biggest threats.
According to Radovan Javorčík, Slovak Ambassador and Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council, the most important issue for NATO is to speed up the ability to make decisions, for example in cases of cyber threats. "If someone hacked into the computer system of the Slovak National Bank, for example, which is highly improbable, the consequences could be much faster than anyone thinks. The fact is that we do not have the chance to consult immediately at all levels how to react," said Javorčík. As RTVS reported, some of Globsec's recommendations will be discussed in Brussels at the regular meeting of EU defence ministers next week.