French general comments on NATO's future

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Gen. Denis Mercier, with the French Air Force, recently said parts of NATO are outdated in commenting on the organization's future.

Mercier made the comments in Brussels where he was attending meetings with the NATO Military Committee, an article on the U.S. Defense Department's website said.

“The question is what do we transform? What we transform is the military capacity of the alliance.” Mercier said, according the the article.

Mercier said the organization will have 29 members, with each member having their “own military strength and weakness” that NATO's command must consider.

NATO will be implementing and adapting to “new threats, new doctrines and new realities,” Mercier said, and “one of the areas in need of review is responding to new threats that require quick response.”

Mercier said he disagreed with critics who charge that the alliance has not been combating violent extremism, the article said.

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