The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a statement announced that its military education to Afghan National and Defense Security Forces will not stop and will be pursued through Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).

NATO will continue its long-standing contribution to the sustainment of Afghan military institutions, the statement read.

The DEEP initiative of NATO has been carried out on the leadership level and works through three pillars namely curriculum development, faculty development and institutional assistance.

NATO in its statement has considered its Executive Senior Leaders’ Seminars series as one of the most successful components which has had impressive results over time.

The program has both been carried out at the level of ministers of all defense sectors of Afghanistan and within the Marshal Fahim National Defense University based in Kabul.

Modern teaching methodology is another component of NATO’s led DEEP initiative which has brought together military experts of allied countries to exchange experience in this regard with Afghan participants.

20 Afghan instructors from Marshal Fahim National Defense University have attended the program in the past three years.

NATO member states along with US has pledged to continue supporting, financing and training Afghan National Defense and Security Forces after foreign troops’ full withdrawal from Afghanistan.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.