chapter  5
17 Pages

The evolution of NATO strategy, 1949–90

ByJohn Baylis

The first feature of note is the relative consistency and continuity in operational planning over the years compared with the public declarations of major changes in strategic doctrine at various times. It is true that Alliance strategy has been subject to periodic alterations (especially in 1954 and 1967), but invariably this has involved modifications of existing strategic ideas and shifts of emphasis rather than the major changes of direction implicit in the rhetoric of public pronouncements. Declaratory concepts have changed at times but strategic planning has remained remarkably consistent.