NATO defence ministers discuss critical undersea infrastructure protection

NATO defence ministers gathered in Brussels to enhance deterrence and defense strategies, highlighting the safeguarding of critical undersea infrastructure. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed plans for a new Coordination Cell to foster collaboration between military, civilian entities, and industry.

NATO Defence Ministers met in Brussels on 14–15 February 2023 to discuss to how “to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence”. One topic on the meeting’s agenda was related to modalities to improve the protection of critical undersea infrastructure.

Following the meeting, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the establishment of a Critical Undersea Infrastructure Coordination Cell at the NATO headquarters, which will ‘facilitate engagement with industry and bring key military and civilian stakeholders together’.