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A Launchpad for Innovation: The 2015 CD&E Working Group Explores into the Future

150529 cdewg 400From robotic systems to hybrid warfare, the NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) 2015 Concept Development & Experimentation Working Group (CD&E WG) brought an interactive agenda with a variety of keynote speakers, hands-on experiment proposals, innovative concepts, activities and exhibits to the more than 130 visitors in attendance of this year's event in Virginia Beach, Virginia USA, 19-21 May.

Exercise Trident Jaguar 2015 Distinguished Visitors Day with Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

150520trjr15 400The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) was recently exercised and certified in a 'Joint Force Trainer (JFT)' headquarters role.

NJSBO Experimentation: Adapting to the Demands of the Strategic Environment

150509njsbo250The 2015 NATO Transformation Seminar reinforced the need to develop a shared resilience to ensure the Alliance has the ability to conduct sustained operations. Operationally agility is a must if the Atlantic Alliance is to continually adapt to the demands of the strategic environment.

One such example, the NATO Joint Sea Based Operations (NJSBO) Concept, aligned with the NATO Strategic Concept and the latest output from the 2015 Seminar, aims to offer the ability to reduce or eliminate the requirements for large footprints ashore or extensive Host Nation Support. This 2015 North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved Concept is an innovative way to transform how the Alliance could respond to crises with NATO joint forces.

While the NJSBO Concept mitigates some risks associated with land-based operations, the conduct of sea based operations could likely create new support requirements when conducting operations away from NATO Nations. The exploration, or rather experimentation of these logistical considerations was necessary to aid further development of the NJSBO Concept Implementation Plan (CIP).

In support of this requirement, NATO ACT Operational Experimentation supported by the Operational Analysis Branch and NATO Communications and Information Agency led a discovery experiment - the NJSBO Logistics Planning Considerations Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) at the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy on 5-8 May.

CMRE Director of Strategic Development, Mr. Burton stated that one of the biggest challenges in NATO is the joining-up of science with the operators to accelerate capability delivery. "A key theme at CMRE is innovation and discovery – not just in terms of technology but also in terms of people, doctrine and ways of working," said Mr. Burton. "Hosting the NJSBO Logistics LOE at CMRE in LaSpezia is one of the ways we confront that challenge."

This LOE was conducted with the aim of identifying logistics considerations necessary to support NJSBO up to a Small Joint Operations (SJO). The LOE gathered Subject Matter Experts (SME) from different NATO commands, Headquarters, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE) and the NATO Support Agency (NSPA).

"Without experimentation all good thoughts just stay theory. We always need to check whether our assumptions are right and lead to feasible and executable doctrine in the end," said Colonel Sleurink, Branch Head J5, JFCBS. "Of course the final testing is done during execution of a real mission or exercise, but this experiment brings us as close as we can get to the reality for extremely low costs."

This LOE is the second experimentation effort on NJSBO conducted within NATO's Maritime programme/campaign. The first experiment , the NJSBO Deployable Joint Headquarters (DJHQ) Planning Considerations LOE, focused on Command and Control (C2) issues and was conducted in July 2014 at STRIKFORNATO in Portugal. Findings from this experiment contributed to the final refinement of the NJSBO Concept. Outcomes from both activities support the development of the CIP.

For more information on the NJSBO Logistics LOE or the Maritime experimentation campaign, please contact: CDR Henning Rathke, NATO ACT Operational Experimentation, +1(757)747-3326, henning.rathke@act.nato.int.

For information on Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) opportunities email natocde@act.nato.int.

Young "NATO Ambassadors" impressed at Role Play in Istanbul

150506mne400How does the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the highest decision-making body in NATO, made up of 28 member nation political representatives respond to an emerging crisis situation?

Deputy SACT in Austria - "NATO after the Wales Summit"

150430austria250Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani recently spoke at the National Defence Academy (Vienna), pointing out NATO as a cornerstone of stability in the Euro-Atlantic zone "...in times of great uncertainty and instability."

General Zuliani said: "It is important to remind everyone that without the solid foundation of the transatlantic link, the very heart of what NATO means, the prosperity and development in our societies have achieved through all these years could, simply, not have been possible".

After having alleged that a strong NATO means stability and prosperity not only for the Allies, but also for the rest of the world with regard to a number of threats, DSACT pledged that the key to enhance the ability to tackle security challenges is collaboration with Partners. "NATO must, therefore, intensify efforts to engage with and reach out to partners that can contribute significantly to address shared security concerns". Moreover: "Partnership is essential to the way NATO works; it is an essential source of stability in this unpredictable world, and will continue to be in the future.

"The [NATO] group of free Nations have together, and in close cooperation with partners, formed an Alliance that has been, for over 65 years now, the cornerstone [of international security]" General Zuliani said.

General Zuliani also emphasized the importance of the Readiness Action Plan, where he quoted the NATO Secretary General: "NATO is implementing the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War. We are increasing NATO's presence in our Eastern Allied countries and the readiness of our forces".

The NATO Response Force will more than double, and consist of up to 30.000 troops. A "spearhead force" of 5.000 troops will be ready to act swiftly, with first elements deploying within 48 hours.

The Country Visit to Austria was aimed to enhance mutual understanding between NATO and Partner Nations, and to make all partners willing and taking steps to develop their interoperability with NATO. DSACT was received by Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Bernhard Bair.

TIDE Sprint – Working on Mission Essential Challenges for the Alliance

150429tide400The Spring TIDE Sprint, aiming to achieve and maintain Information, Decision and Execution Superiority in support of NATO's Consultation, Command and Control (C3) efforts, came to an end last week in Berlin, Germany.

ACT leadership-engagement in Switzerland

150501swi250Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani led a recent Allied Command Transformation (ACT) delegation to Switzerland, where they were greeted by the Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General André Blattman.

During the two day visit the conversation centred on enhancing interoperability and cooperation with Partner nations through flexible and focused cooperation and engagement. The ACT delegation was briefed on the Swiss Armed Forces' development, armament planning and doctrine.

The delegation also visited the Armour and Artillery Training Unit, and Air Force Training Unit 31 for simulation demonstrations and training procedures.

General Zuliani said: "The implementation of the Wales Summit initiatives is still underway and will need further support by ACT. The ACT Partnership Strategy is an opportunity to align our efforts across the Command but also to formulate our way ahead to enhance Partnerships in NATO".

The principles of the Partnership Strategy
The aim is to evolve the NATO approach to partnership activities in the context of the changing priorities of the Alliance and the nations' military transformation. "This will present a step forward and identify opportunities to bolster interoperability, trust, and situational awareness with a broad range of partners" DSACT said. In general terms the Partnership Strategy describes what to achieve, and how to identify and prioritise areas that need improvement.

Supporting Partner Nations seeking Interoperability with NATO
"NATO seeks to foster interoperability with all its partners and continue to make all partners aware, both in bilateral and in established frameworks. NATO will continue to offer support, through its interoperability programmes, to all partners willing and taking steps to develop their interoperability with NATO" General Zuliani said.

SACT participates in 4th Annual Transatlantic Cooperation for Global Security

150429atcgs400 General Jean-Paul Paloméros participated in the 4th Annual Transatlantic Cooperation for Global Security: The EU's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) symposium in Washington DC 29 April.

Deputy Commander visits Joint Warfare Centre during "Trident Jaguar" Exercise

150422trjr400Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani hosted the Distinguished Visitors' Day of the Trident Jaguar 2015 Exercise in Stavanger, Norway.

ACT showcases Innovation at ITEC

150428itec250A NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) team represented the Command at ITEC 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic April 27-30 by showcasing the latest in serious gaming, interaction with Industry, immersive training applications and participating in technical discussions.

The ITEC Conference is the international forum for military training, education and simulation sectors and provides an opportunity for influential thought-leaders from across the military, Industry and Academia to bring the sector's most current issues to the fore of international debate.

This year, ACT focused on Modelling & Simulation tools for operational analysis, part of the CoreSim 2020 project, and studies in defence planning and acquisition, as well as capability development and operations.

During a panel discussion on operational analysis, Han de Nijs, Branch Head for Operational Analysis at ACT said, "operational analysis is the application of scientific methods to provide evidence-based decision making support to our decision makers."

In the same panel discussion Sylvie Martel, Chief of Operational Analysis for NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), added, "I am heading a team where the mandate is to deliver operational analysis services to planners and decisions makers both in NATO and the Nations."

The panel went on to discuss how Modelling and Simulation techniques could be used to improve education and training through data analysis.

Mr. Nijs also participated in the plenary for the Modelling and Simulation for Autonomous Systems (MESAS) workshop, an additional event feature at ITEC.

"The theme for this workshop is developing autonomous systems for tomorrow's operating environment...," said Mr. Nijs. "By doing that, you are directly supporting NATO's connected forces initiative which is seen as a very flexible tool that leverages two decades of Lessons Learned and enables NATO to maintain a high level of interoperability between Allies and Partners."

This year the NATO booth, shared with the NATO Science and Technology Organisation and featured prominently between ACT participants and the other participants of ITEC, had a display which contained demonstrations on the latest software applications being developed or used throughout NATO for e-learning, training and simulation.

"The floor traffic has been phenomenal here at ITEC. Essentially, we share our ideas and concepts with the larger NATO family and hear what they think about our work. This year the comments have been very favourable. Essentially, we are just here showing off our stuff," said Wayne Buck, ACT's ITEC Coordinator.


April 28, 2015 - ITEC 2015 Begins in Prague

General Petr Pavel MA, Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, delivered the keynote address at the 2015 ITEC Conference April 28 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The ITEC Conference is the international forum for military training, education and simulation sectors and provides an opportunity for influential thought-leaders from across the military, Industry and Academia to bring the sector's most current issues to the fore of international debate.

General Pavel's speech focused on improving interoperability, collective defence and linked training.

"For the Czech Republic and for other small countries in NATO, we see that national defense and collective defence have merged into one," said General Pavel. "Small countries like the Czech Republic don't have the possibility to train in large formations since we don't have them in our own environment. So for us it was imperative to link with other countries to get that training."

After the opening session where he gave his keynote address, General Pavel visited the NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) booth and spoke with those manning the booth about ACT's training and simulation displays.

Later in the day, Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Meyers and Mr. Angel San Jose Martin from the Capability Development Branch of NATO ACT gave a brief on the type of linked training that General Pavel talked about in the keynote address.

"The Linked Training Concept, as we call it, is part of the Connected Forces Initiative," said Mr. San Jose Martin, section head for Science and Technology and Modeling and Simulation. "It provides recommendations of the NATO Commands to Allies and partners to develop innovative ways to enhance multinational training not organised by NATO."

The Linked Training Concept proposes that the member nations focus on the three pillars of better use of technology, sharing of resources and better collaboration among communities.

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NATO ACT, Hampton Roads Celebrate Norfolk NATO Festival 2015

150425tattoo400NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Hampton Roads Community joined together to celebrate their friendship at the 2015 Norfolk NATO Festival in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, April 24-25.

ACT Participates in International Studies at Rosemont Academy

150422rosemont400Representatives from NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) were invited to give a presentation about their respective countries for a group of gifted middle school students at The Academy of International Studies at Rosemont Middle School in Norfolk, Va.

Norfolk NATO Festival Set to Start with Flag Raising Ceremony

150421nnf400The 28 national flags of NATO will be prominently displayed during a flag raising ceremony at the Scope Plaza in Downtown Norfolk at 5 p.m. on April 24.

Deputy Commander at Italian War College and University of Bologna

150330iwc250Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani recently addressed the issue of "Interaction between NATO and EU" to students and faculty at the Italian Air Force War College (Florence), and the University of Bologna.

Air Power: taking a pragmatic approach

150402icapSupreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros attended the International Conference on Air and Space Power (ICAP) 2015 at the Turkish Air War College, 2 April.

SACT visits LANDCOM

150401landcom250Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros visited NATO's Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) in Izmir, Turkey 1 April.

The aim of the visit was to identify ways to improve the interaction between Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and LANDCOM on topics of mutual interest.

General Paloméros was briefed on LANDCOM's mission, activities and opportunities for further cooperation. Major General Uğur Tarçın, LANDCOM Chief of Staff welcomed SACT. After a short tour of the Headquarters, Major General Tarçın highlighted some of the activities and achievements of LANDCOM. The visit continued after a LANDCOM presentation of the current NATO issues in the Operations Centre.

More info and pictures on LANDCOM website.

Deputy Commander visits Stability Policing Centre of Excellence

150330coe sp400Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani recently visited the Centre of Excellence Stability Policing (COE SP).

NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

150327mou400The NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE) was officially established 25 March during the NATO Transformation Seminar, held in Washington D.C.

General Colin Powell (ret.) talked to NATO 'Executive Development' Participants

150316nedp250NORFOLK, Va. – "I can't change what's in the past; but I can shape the future"..."Give them enough room to fail". These were two of U.S. Army General Colin Powell's (retired) messages to NATO leaders taking part in the Alliance's Executive Development Programme (NEDP).

The program's "Residential Module Four" took place at Allied Command Transformation (ACT) last week. The session, titled "Creating the Future," served as a precursor to the NATO Transformation Seminar which occurred March 24-26 in Washington D.C.

The "Creating the Future" module aimed to deepen the understanding of the transformation process from guidance through implementation and execution, the role of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) as a driver of transformation, and how this change is concretely achieved.

As part of the program the participants were given a tour of Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest navy base, and attended the speech by General Powell, who was Secretary of State for George W. Bush 2001-2005, at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News.

150315nedp200"I can't change what's in the past; but I can shape the future" and "Educate young people to achieve a mission" were two of the other messages Colin Powell relayed to the audience.

The NEDP spans a nine-month period and includes projects focusing on defence capacity building, lessons learned, subject matter expert representation and talent management within the NATO Support Agency.

The aim of the programme is to build an enhanced knowledge of NATO, its identity and core values, as well as give insight into a rapidly changing world.

NATO ACT hosts 2015 NATO Transformation Seminar

150325nts"Halfway between two NATO Summits, the aim of this Seminar is to offer a unique opportunity to step back and take time to put in perspective NATO's Transformation in gathering NATO political and military authorities as well as Industry, think tanks and academia."

NATO ACT, Atlantic Council Give Young Professionals Chance to Impact Policy

150324ypd01 400NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) held the 4th annual Young Professionals Day (YP Day) at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. March 24.

ACT Promotes Education through 2015 Model NATO Challenge

150319mnc01 400NORFOLK, Va. - NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) hosted the 2015 Model NATO Challenge March 19 at Old Dominion University (ODU).

 

ACT Leadership Engage with the European Union

150317dsact03 250As part of the on-going cooperation between NATO and the European Union (EU), Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation's Representative in Europe Vice Admiral Ignacio Horcada, led a delegation that recently engaged with EU authorities.

General Zuliani met the Managing Director for Crisis Response & Operational Coordination of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Mr. Pedro Serrano, to discuss the participation of EEAS in Trident Juncture 2015, the largest NATO exercise in a decade.

At SACEUR's Commanders Conference
General Zuliani also participated in Supreme Allied Commander Europe's (SACEUR) 'Commanders Conference' focussing on NATO's new spearhead 'Very High Readiness Joint Task Force' (VJTF) and the Alliance's Readiness Action Plan (RAP). At the conference, where for the first time the NATO Secretary General participated, SecGen explained that NATO currently is adapting to a new security environment, modelling its 'defense posture' to new challenges – among them the actions of Russia in Ukraine, and the threat from the South, with violence and turmoil spreading through the Middle East and North Africa.

SACEUR's Commanders Conference sets the scene for further collaboration and cooperation between the two Strategic Commands (ACO and ACT) and it is a venue of discussion for the ACO Commanders.

Deputy Commander visits Italy's Joint Operational Command in preparation for large NATO Exercise

150316trje400General Mirco Zuliani recently visited the Italian Joint Operational Command, responsible for organising Italy's part of the Trident Juncture (TRJE) 2015 exercise.

ACT leadership engagement in Middle East

150226uae250ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Deputy Supreme Allied Command Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani led an ACT delegation to the 2015 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) which concluded February 26.

IDEX, a biennial conference hosted by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the Middle East and North Africa (NEMA) region. It serves as a platform to establish and strengthen relationships between government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.

With more than 50 countries represented, including most NATO members, and Russia and China, IDEX covered themes ranging from best use of modern technologies and military-civilian cooperation to interoperability and human resources in future challenges.

During the conference, ACT participants met with a delegation led by Major General Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi, Assistant Undersecretary for Policy and Strategic Affairs, who was accompanied by several other Generals, including those responsible for the relationship with NATO.

"We thanked them for the great efforts and work they are putting into trying to stabilise the region and their active participation in NATO initiatives" said DSACT. "The themes that were touched upon in the meeting were particularly interesting, as our counterpart is really keen on trying to gain an understanding on how the NATO Lessons Learned (LL) process works."

Representatives of the UAE's Armed Forces expressed interest in NATO participation at some of their national exercises as well as exchanging expertise and bolstering cooperation between the Centres of Excellence (COE) communities.

Qatar

Following the IDEX, General Zuliani travelled to Doha, Qatar, where he met with two delegations led by the General Inspector of Qatar Armed Forces, Major General Thamer Ali Al Mihshadi and the Chief of Defence (CHOD), Major General Ghanim Shaheen Al Ghanim. He also visited the Air Force Academy and the Al-Udeid Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) where he met with the United States' Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Lieutenant General John W. Hesterman III.

The Qatar CHOD said: "[To] achieve a better prepared and skilled Armed Force is the aim, and nothing but the best is what we are striving to get". DSACT mentioned among other possible areas of collaboration – Defence Capacity Building (DCB).

Qatar plays a very active role in its region; likewise it is one the Partner Nations that took participated in the NATO-led operation in Libya in 2011, Operation Unified Protector (OUP).

SOROTAN will challenge NATO against hybrid threats

150303sorotan400Developed by Allied Command Transformation's (ACT) Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), NATO's new training scenario will be launched during TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 (TRJE 15), the Alliance's largest exercise this year.

SACT visits Cyber Security Centre

150218sact monsSupreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros, recently visited the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency's NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC TC) Centre in Mons, Belgium.

At the centre he was briefed on NATO's operational cyber defence capabilities. General Paloméros was given a tour of the NCIRC TC and an explanation of the Cyber Security Service Line's role in developing Cyber Security throughout its life-cycle.

After seeing the NCIRC TC Operations Room at work, he was given a brief demonstration of the NATO Cyber Defence Rapid Reaction Team and their equipment, provided under NCIRC Full Operational Capability (FOC) project.

The NCI Agency is responsible for running and protecting NATO's information technology networks. In co-operation with Allied Command Transformation and Industry, the Agency is also developing the next generation of NATO's cyber defences.

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"Corruption – a real threat to stability"

150224bic250"Corruption is a component of what we call the hybrid strategies that we see developing at the Eastern borders of the Alliance but in the South as well"... "To cope with this increasing presence of corruption in a complex and volatile security environment, [NATO member] nations, International Organisations, NGOs [Non-Governmental Organisations] have obviously their respective role to play. But the most effective answers will above all result from new innovative, comprehensive, and coordinated approaches from all the stakeholders, of which many are represented here".

The above words come from Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean Paul Paloméros, who gave the keynote speech at NATO's bi-annual 'Building Integrity (BI) Conference in Washington D.C. February 23-25.

During his keynote, SACT stressed that "the pace at which corruption is evolving from what was a risk or a constraint to a real threat for the Alliance and its partners, is a key inhibitor of stability. It therefore requires more than ever, all our efforts so that we can address these vulnerabilities together"

"In light of our recent experiences, we can assess that full success in operations cannot be reached without a strong commitment to promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability. Corruption is becoming more and more a central strategic threat to world stability, to the core of our democratic values"(...)"there is no alternative, we must do that together" SACT concluded.

The BI conference provides an opportunity for civil and military authorities to develop a better understanding of the strategic impact of corruption, and to identify practical actions to strengthen transparency, accountability and integrity in the defence and security sector.

Representatives from NATO member and partner nations, along with other international and regional organisations were participating in this year's event, together with NATO's strategic and subordinate commands.

ACT Concludes Largest Training Synchronisation Conference

150220tsc400The 2015 NATO Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) concluded February 19 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

ACT and the Atlantic Council of the U.S. looking for 'Young Professionals'

150213ypd 400NORFOLK, Va. – NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS) are looking for participants for the Young Professionals Day 2015, which will be held March 24 in Washington, D.C.

ACT Hosts Officers from US Army War College

150211uswc 250NORFOLK, Va. – Officers from the U.S. Army War College, International Fellowship Program, visited Headquarters, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT), in Norfolk, Virginia, February 11 to meet HQ SACT leaders and learn first-hand the command's mission of preserving the peace and security of the Alliance.

NATO ACT hosts 2015 Training Synchronisation Conference

150211tsc2015 400NORFOLK, Va. – NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) will host this year's Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) in Thessaloniki, Greece, February 16-19 focusing on NATO training activities to meet current and future requirements.

ACT and CNAS host Transatlantic Forum

150128taf 400NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Center for New American Security (CNAS) co-hosted the Transatlantic Forum in Washington, D.C. January 28 and 29.

ACT Centre trains future Members of new Afghanistan Mission

150127jftc01 400The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland has just launched the first 2015 pre-deployment training for future members of the Resolute Support (RS) training mission in Afghanistan.

General Paloméros on F-16 Fighter Aircraft Crash in Spain

150127spainOn Monday 26 January, at the military base in Albacete, in southeast Spain, nine French and two Greek military personnel were killed in the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet. I want to express my solidarity to our brothers in arms, the families and friends of victims during this dramatic accident.

General Paloméros visits French Rapid Reaction Corps

150119rrc250The French Rapid Reaction Corps (RRC) hosted Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Paloméros January 19, 2015.

Created on July 1st, 2005, Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps-France (HQ RRC-FR) is a NATO certified French headquarters, able to command a national or multinational land component of 5,000 to 60,000 personnel. HQ RRC, stationed in Lille,  employs more than 400 military coming from thirteen different nations.

SACT's visit to RRC-France in its "Citadelle" is a sign of recognition of its capabilities and "savoir-faire" by the Alliance. The main objective of this visit was to discuss the prospects for "post-Afghanistan training", as well as optimizing the way forward.

RRC–France HQ was ahead on its readiness for NRF 2014, finalized by Steadfast Jazz 14 Exercise. In October 2015, RRC-France should have a scheduled deployment in Poland.

General Paloméros concluded his visit by emphasizing the fact that "Rapid Reaction Corps-France is fully part of the NATO landscape and has a privileged position there".

Photo and video credit: Rapid Reaction Corps France

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NATO ACT Promotes Global Gender Perspective Training

150116gender01 400NORFOLK, Va. - NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) continues to raise the bar in gender perspective training around the world. In the most recent United Nations Security Council Report, NATO was recognised for having "strengthened the gender training delivered through the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations."

SACT visits CSO

150113cso 250On January 13, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros visited the NATO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) located in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

SACT was welcomed by CSO Deputy Director, Major General (ret.) Roger Renard, and NATO's Chief Scientist, Major General Albert Husniaux. SACT's visit was an opportunity for him to present CSO's Collaborative Program of Work (CPoW) and speak about issues pertaining to ACT and CSO collaboration. It was also an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned two years after the CSO establishment and to identify ways to further improve the relationship between the two entities, from better understanding of military needs to exploitation of scientific results.

The CSO is part of the NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO). Its mission is to conduct and promote cooperative research and information exchange, to support the development and effective use of national defence research and technology – to meet the military needs of the Alliance.

General Paloméros on terrorist attack

150108sact"On behalf of the entire Allied Command Transformation, I want to express my solidarity to the French Community in the United States as well as French and other Allies' commitment to fight against all kinds of extremism and terrorism and defend our core values of democracy and freedom, and more particularly in these dramatic circumstances, the freedom of expression."

Reserve Officer Confederation President discusses Access to Courses and Exercises with ACT

141216cior01 400The President of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR), Bulgarian Army Lieutenant Colonel Dimitar Popov (Reserve) recently visited Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk.

Preparing for Future Challenges: NATO Transformation Chiefs Meet for COTC 2014

141217cotc01-400More than 300 military and civilian leaders from all 28 NATO nations and partner nations met at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia, December 16-18 to discuss the future military capability of the Alliance at the 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC).

'Stability Policing' Centre of Excellence Agreement Signed

141218mou250NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros along with Stability Policing Centre of Excellence (SP COE) Director Colonel Fausto Vignola lead a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony during the Chiefs of Transformation Conference December 18, 2014 officially establishing the SP COE.

The MOU establishes Italy as the framework nation for the SP COE which is located in Vicenza, Italy. Sponsoring nations included the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey and Romania.

The NATO SP COE operates as a prime mover to increase contributions to the stability and reconstruction efforts of the Alliance in post-conflict scenarios and it will help NATO fill the capability gap in the area of Stability Policing. It will also act as an internationally recognised focal point and a hub of expertise for a Community of Interest in the field of Stability Policing, contributing to the NATO Strategic Concept.

Allied Command Transformation Assistance to Ukraine

141218ukr01-400A de-mining training planning team from Allied Command Transformation (ACT) recently came back from Ukraine.

Fall Edition of The Transformer Now Available

141216coverThe Transformer's newest edition is now in circulation. The current issue focuses on NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO), and also looks at Wales Summit outcomes for Allied Command Transformation (ACT).

Princess Tessy De Luxembourg visits ACT

141215luxembourg250Her Royal Highness Princess Tessy De Luxembourg visited Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) December 15.

The Princess met with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros; the Deputy Commander, Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani; and Chief of Staff, British Army Lieutenant General Phil Jones.

Princess Tessy will attend the 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) in Norfolk, Virginia, December 16-18. The COTC, hosted annually by SACT, provides a forum where national Chiefs of Transformation and NATO leaders can collaborate and share ideas regarding the future of the Alliance. Last year, more than 270 participants from 50 different countries attended. HQ SACT is the only NATO headquarters located in the United States.

ACT Establishes Tuition Agreement with Regent University

141114regentContinuing to strengthen its relationships with academic institutions, Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) has established an agreement with Regent University's Military & Veteran's Affairs in Norfolk, Virginia.

Earlier this fall, NATO staff officers Lieutenant Colonel Alfonso Alvarez (Spanish Army) and Commander Matteo Minelli (Italian Navy) attended a signing ceremony for the letter of accord with Regent's executive vice president for operations, Dr. Paul Bonicelli.

"The agreement between Regent and NATO SACT enables both parties to benefit from the wealth of expertise that the other has to offer. Based also on a scholarship agreement for SACT staff and their families, all beneficiaries will have access to a variety of very valuable educational benefits," said Minelli, who represents NATO SACT Strategic Issues & Engagement, Academic Outreach.

The agreement establishes a military tuition scholarship for qualified active duty SACT employees, currently nearly 600 employees from NATO's 28 nations, their spouses and dependents, offering a 25 percent discount on tuition for Regent's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and graduate programs.

David Boisselle, director of Military & Veteran's Affairs, said that international military officers receiving education from Regent will extend the school's global reach even further.

"The mission of the university is 'Christian leadership to change the world,' you come to Regent to get educated, and go back into your professions to shine that Christian light," said Boisselle. "Everyone leaves here emboldened and equipped."

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NATO Land Command Fully Operational Capable at Exercise Trident LANCE 14

141210 trle14-400NATO's Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) has achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) status after successfully completing Exercise Trident Lance 2014 (TRLE14).

General Paloméros at the European Parliament

141203 ep02-400On the occasion of the launch of European parliamentary work, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros was invited to address one of Parliament's subcommittees on Security and Defence.

DSACT inducted into the U.S. Air University International Honor Roll

141203maxwell250General Mirco Zuliani was inducted into the U.S. "Air University International Honor Roll" on December 3rd. This was in recognition of his achievement as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT).

The U.S. International Officer School named a total of 24 former students to its Honor Roll. This was done in recognition of their military career achievements in their respective countries, rising to Flag and General Officer ranks, and happened in the presence of Ms. Heidi H. Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs.

A plaque engraved with General Zuliani's name and position is now permanently displayed at the school.

During the ceremony, DSACT thanked the President of the Air University for the opportunity to attend the college 22 years ago.

141203plaque200Among the other officers inducted are: Major General Rumen Radev (Commander, Bulgarian Air Force); General Thomas J. Lawson (Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces); Brigadier General Libor Stefanik (Commander Czech Air Force); Colonel Jaak Tarien (Commander, Estonian Air Force); Major General Amir Eshel (Commander, Israeli Air Force); General Harukazu Saitoh (Chief of Staff, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force); Lieutenant General (retired) Khamis S.F. Al Marzouq (Commander, Kuwaiti Air Force); Lieutenant General H. Bart Hoitink (Inspector General, Dutch Armed Forces); Major General Laurian Anastasof (Chief of Romanian Air Force Staff).

The International Honor Roll has over the years recognised 456 military leaders from 97 countries.

NATO Senior Mentor Conference 2014

141120smc400The annual Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Senior Mentor Conference was hosted by Deputy Commander, General Mirco Zuliani, from 19 to 20 November at the ACT Staff Element Europe in Mons, Belgium.

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