Joint Air and Space Power Conference 2022

Panel 1

What is Global Competition and what are the implications for our security?

From a broader security perspective, the first panel will look at the strategic reality with its existing and upcoming challenges and threats that are part of the ongoing global and systemic competition. To what extent can these challenges be addressed by the military and other means that are – or should be – part of the toolbox of the Alliance and its members and partners? And to what extent will this impact NATO’s role in Peacetime?

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