NATO has created a new emerging security challenges division (ESCD) which started its work at the beginning of the month. The new division will focus on terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber defense and energy security, areas which are expected to be covered by the new NATO strategic concept to be approved by a summit meeting of allied leaders in Lisbon on 19-20 November.
NATO photo of its headquarters in Brussels
The new division will also provide NATO with a strategic analysis capability to monitor and anticipate international developments that could affect its security.
ESCD will concentrate areas of expertise previously spread out among other divisions of the alliance. NATO expects this to give the new division's work "greater focus and visibility." The name of the assistant secretary general who will head ESCD has not been announced yet but he or she will be the seventh in an alliance which is under pressure to cut costs and reduce the number of agencies supporting its work.