Transatlantic Security Task Force
Organized by GMF's Paris office, and inaugurated in Paris on July 19-20, 2012, (session report) the GMF Transatlantic Security Task Force (TSTF) brings together, three times a year, a group of 25 high-level American and European security experts, strategic thinkers, government and private sector representatives, mostly of the defense industry, to explore the security priorities for transatlantic cooperation in the years to come and serve as a forum to stimulate and organize a much-needed transatlantic security dialogue on looming threats and possibilities of cooperation.
The goal of the TSTF is not to revisit the concepts that define the transatlantic relationship, but for the transatlantic partners to reconsider the nature of their cooperation in the face of evolving and multifaceted global challenges. Each session attempts to highlight the areas where the transatlantic cooperation should be improved and strengthened, with regards to specific challenges and taking into consideration the latest issues on the international agenda.
The issues included in the discussion fall both under the grand strategy (i.e. the shifting military balance; the future transatlantic burden sharing and of common procurement programs; the future of the use of military force) as well as very specific challenges (e.g. maritime security, energy security, Artic issues, the rise of new military powers, the future of NATO).
The agenda of TSTF is shaped by a core group of recognized experts in transatlantic security cooperation and European and American officials, who decide collectively, during the annual executive planning session, the key security issues that should be discussed in the working groups.
The TSTF includes three yearly workshops, held in Paris, and potentially other European capitals or Washington D.C. where GMF has a presence, to probe the questions that were decided, and in pursuance of which are commissioned a series of short papers (5 to 10 papers per session). These papers, which are distributed to all participants beforehand, serve as the backbone of the discussions. The workshops bring together the members of the core group of the TSTF, along with selected experts on the topics that are discussed during the working group.