March 1st, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Analysis: NATO looks to transform itself to face new threats

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/11/gates.mullen/art.gates.gi.jpg caption="Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged new threats to NATO's collective security"]

Elise Labott
CNN senior State Department producer

Military officials from NATO and its 28 member states descended on Washington last week for a series of discussions about rethinking how the alliance should transform itself in an era when its scope has expanded beyond traditional Cold War boundaries.

The seminar was hosted by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is chairing a group of experts appointed by the NATO secretary-general to recommend a new "Strategic Concept" for the alliance, governing how it perceives and responds to threats.

The group heard from some pretty heavy hitters: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, all of whom aptly acknowledged the alliance is facing a new strategic landscape with new enemies, ideologies and battle tactics that threaten its collective security.

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