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NATO Strategic Concept 2010: Active Engagement, Modern Defense

Adopted at by the Heads of State and Government at the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon, this strategic concept provides a resolute statement on NATO's objectives for the next decade. The Alliance's three major core tasks regarding the modern security environment are collective defense among NATO members, crisis management via NATO's robust political and military capabilities, and cooperative security between the Alliance and non-Allied countries and organizations through an open-door policy and beneficial partnerships. The security environment has expanded beyond conventional threat to include the threat of nuclear weapons, terrorism, cyber-attacks, and electronic warfare and technologies. NATO's defense is based on a combination of nuclear and conventional capabilities. NATO seeks security through crisis management by enhancing intelligence sharing within the Alliance and forming civilian crisis management capabilities to aid military capabilities. NATO also seeks to further reduce the number of its nuclear weapons in accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is committed to a transparent and predictable arms control. NATO is committed to using its resources in the most efficient ways possible by "maximizing the deployability of its forces,"‌ ensuring coherence in defense planning, developing joint capabilities between Allied nations, and engaging in continuous reform.