From NBC's Stacey Klein
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today that NATO needs to re-evaluate some specific ideas in order to avoid becoming a "renaissance weekend on steroids."
In a speech at the National Defense University on the future of NATO, Gates warned that U.S. threats are now more widespread than in the past, requiring new approaches.
"No one is trying to reinvent the wheel," he said, but suggested NATO examine its "excess infrastructure and outdated command centers."
If they do not, Gates cautioned, "NATO will not be worth the paper it is printed on."
Gates briefly mentioned Afghanistan: "We have to do better, not just in Afghanistan, but elsewhere."