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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 24, 1999
                              NATO Summit:
                    Defense Capabilities Initiative
                               Fact Sheet

The Defense Capabilities Initiative (DCI) is an effort to ensure that the Alliance has conventional military forces that are designed and equipped for 21st century missions. At the Washington Summit, NATO's 19 leaders adopted a "common operational vision" for NATO militaries; endorsed a report that examined changing Allied conventional military needs and identified key shortfalls; and launched a program to develop Allied defense capabilities in five key areas. The areas identified for focus are:

To ensure effective implementation of the DCI, NATO's leaders established a High-Level Steering Group (HLSG) to coordinate, prioritize, and integrate the efforts of the appropriate NATO committees.