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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 24, 1999
                             NATO Summit:
                       The New Strategic Concept
                              Fact Sheet

NATO's 19 leaders have agreed today on a new Strategic Concept to guide the Alliance in the coming years. This essential document sets forth NATO's role in Euro-Atlantic security and provides a strategic framework for Alliance military planners. The 1999 Strategic Concept is the sixth such document to be approved by NATO. The last Strategic Concept was produced in 1991.

NATO's new Strategic Concept is responsive to changes in the Euro-Atlantic security environment, focused on the following key elements: