US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will chair a meeting of the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Brussels, US Department of Defense News reported Wednesday.
He will examine the progress made in the effort and the moves that remain to defeat the terrorist group.
The Pentagon chief arrived at the NATO’s Brussels headquarters Wednesday for two days of talks with fellow NATO defense ministers and a separate meeting with partners from the coalition fighting ISIS in the Middle East, where the terrorists continue to lose territory.
This comes as ISIS’ power is crumbling in Iraq and Syria.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed the NATO Defense Ministers meeting on Wednesday, saying the alliance will continue to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century.
The meeting will also help set the stage for the NATO Summit next summer, also in Brussels.
NATO will continue to change to meet the threats facing it, the NATO secretary general said.
“Our command structure is the backbone of the alliance,” he said during a short conversation with reporters.
“It has evolved through the decades, to reflect changing security conditions. And it must continue to evolve to remain robust, agile and fully fit for purpose.”
NATO ministers are looking at an outline design for an adapted NATO command structure, Stoltenberg said.
This will include new commands to improve the movement of troops across the Atlantic and within Europe, he said.
Power projection and military mobility is essential to the alliance’s deterrence and defense capabilities, the secretary general said.