According to a statement made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday, the alliance has approved plans to establish two new commands as a part of a broader effort to modernize the NATO command structure and counter Russian aggression.

We have just finished a very productive meeting of Defense Ministers. Where we took major decisions to modernize the NATO Command Structure.” Stoltenberg told reporters at a press conference.

“At the end of the Cold War, NATO had 22,000 staff working in 33 commands. Today, the command structure is reduced to fewer than 7,000 staff in 7 commands. But the security environment in Europe has changed, and so NATO is responding.”

Stoltenberg went on to outline four significant changes to the NATO command structure agreed upon by the committee of national defense officials. Those changes include the establishment of a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic, tasked with protecting sea lines of communication between North America and Europe, as well as the establishment of a new support Command for logistics, reinforcement and military mobility. Those two new commands are expected to be housed in the United States and Germany respectively.