A panel of experts led by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has put forward recommendations for NATO’s future strategy.
The military alliance has been examining the proposals ahead of a summit in November when it will adopt a new mission statement.
The advisers warned that in order to meet security threats, member states must reverse a steep decline in defence spending.
They also looked at links with Russia, as NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told euronews.
“I said ‘yes’ to a two track approach; on the one hand, we have to accept that in certain areas we will have our disagreements with Russia and we must have a firm stance on core principles,” he said.
“But on the other hand, and that is the other track, we have to develop a practical cooperation in areas where we share interests with Russia, for instance, as regards Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, counter piracy and, I would add to this, also missile defence.”
In the coming decade, the experts said NATO would not only have to meet its main goal of collectively defending its members but would also have to deploy forces further afield and guard against threats like terrorism and cyber attack.