Remarks by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the demonstration of C-17 Strategic Airlift Capability
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Tomorrow and Wednesday, NATO’s Heads of State and Government will assemble here in Riga. They will take decisions on NATO-led operations and direct the further political and defence transformation of NATO.
This continuing transformation is essential to ensure that the Alliance remains able to confront the demanding security challenges of the 21st century. And let me take this opportunity to express our gratitude to President Vike-Freiberga and to the Latvian people for hosting the NATO Summit in beautiful Riga.
As shown by our missions in Afghanistan and elsewhere, our operations have become more expeditionary in nature. And this has increasingly underlined the requirement for enhanced strategic lift.