Accession Number : ADA323514

Title :   Report to the Congress On the Enlargement of NATO: Rationale, Benefits, Costs and Implications

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA323514

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has declared its intent again to admit new members. At a summit in Madrid this coming July, NATO's 16 heads of state and government plan to invite specific states from among the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe to start accession talks to join the Alliance. President Clinton and NATO have stressed their support for admitting the first new members by 1999 as part of a broad strategy to foster a peaceful, undivided and democratic Europe. This report, submitted to Congress pursuant to Section 1048 of the Fiscal Year 1997 Defense Authorization Act, describes the rationale, benefits, costs and other considerations related to NATO's enlargement. This report also reflects the administration's commitment to work closely and in a bipartisan manner with Congress as it pursues this policy. Adding new members to NATO requires ratification by the United States Senate and requires both chambers of Congress to approve the resources needed to implement this initiative. If the security guarantees that will be extended to the new members are to be meaningful, they must represent an expression of informed national will. It is therefore essential that NATO enlargement proceed with the active participation and support of the American people and their representatives of both parties in Congress.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, STRATEGY, ECONOMICS, SECURITY, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE