NATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the February NATO Defence Ministers meetings in Brussels, focused on ensuring NATO’s strength and flexibility in the face of evolving challenges. Ministers have reviewed progress in deploying NATO’s deterrent forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, addressed the fight against terrorism, and focused on threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa.
General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, with General Peter Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, and General Curtis Scaparotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, met with the NATO Chiefs of Defence over the past two days to discuss NATO’s Command Structure, NATO’s strengthened Defence and Deterrence posture and Projecting Stability. NATO military leaders also reviewed the way forward for the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan, met with their Mediterranean Dialogue and Interoperability Platform counterparts, and met with NATO partners Georgia and Ukraine.
NATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the December NATO Foreign Ministers meetings in Brussels during which progress was made on a number of key strategic issues, including NATO cooperation with the European Union.
Allies approved a series of measures to advance how the two organisations work together. Over 40 measures were adopted to help nations counter hybrid threats, cyber defence, and make their common neighbourhood more stable and secure.
The Protection of Civilians (PoC) Concept Workshop marked a major milestone in launching NATO’s concept development work on this important subject. This Workshop was part of the annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference that took place from November 14th-16th in Sofia, Bulgaria, where more than 300 military and civilian experts in Concept Development and Experimentation gathered.
Norfolk, VA. General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation hosted the Military Committee, NATO’s senior military authority, during an important visit to the headquarters of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) on November 16 – 17th.
NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, based in Norfolk, VA is the Alliance’s only permanent Headquarters in North America. The Headquarters was humbled to be nominated for the 2016 Hope of Access Award by one of its staff members, Mrs Dani Fenning and we are delighted to receive this prestigious award on behalf of NATO.
SOFIA, Bulgaria – More than 300 military and civilian experts in Concept, Development and Experimentation gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference November 14th-16th.
NORFOLK, VA - Work on the expansion of NATO's Allied Command Transformation was completed on November 15th, 2016, with a ribbon cutting Ceremony performed by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Denis Mercier.
NORFOLK - General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and the Allied Command Transformation team hosted a two-day visit of NATO Ambassadors from Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany and Montenegro at NATO’s North American Headquarters on November 2nd and November 3rd.
NATO Allies and partner nations concluded the annual Strategic Military Partners Conference in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, October 21st. The conference brought together 245 participants from 48 different nations, 25 of which are partner nations.
BRUSSELS — NATO Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Communications and Information Agency launched on October 17 an independent research project to examine ways to streamline NATO’s cyber capability development and acquisition processes.
Norfolk, VA. The Deputy Commander of the NATO’s Joint Forces Command in Brunnsum, Netherlands, Lieutenant General Fernando Alejandre met up with his younger brother, Colonel Javier Alejandre, during a visit to Norfolk on 14 October.
October 6th, 2016 - NORFOLK, VA - This November, NATO's Allied Command Transformation is hosting the 2016 Concept Development and Experimentation Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria in order to Adapt and Innovate in a Dynamic Environment.
September 29th, 2016 - NORFOLK, VA - On September 26th, 2016, a local Newport News company, C2 Technologies, won an international competition to develop a prototype serious game to teach Rules of Engagement to NATO soldiers. The award of the contract, valued at $108,000 with a short 13-week game development plan, is indicative the progress that can be achieved when government and industry collaborate. From NATO’s perspective, this technology provides essential training for NATO troops to ensure the safety of civilians wherever they operate.
September 29th, 2016 - The establishment of a working relationship between NATO and the Multinational Aviation Training Centre was made official on 29 September with the signing of a functional Memorandum of Understanding at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
At the recent Summit in Warsaw, NATO leaders recognised the growing importance of Cyber Defence to the future security of the Alliance and declared that Cyber would join Land, Maritime, Air and Space as a 'domain'.
NORFOLK, VA - Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex and challenging European security landscape, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation recently hosted 25 Allied Defence Councillors to discuss future security and closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union.
NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is hosting a Gender Perspectives Seminar in coordination with the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations. This two-day seminar focuses on how to work with gender perspectives in a military and security environment and how these perspectives will contribute to achieving the overall political, military, strategic and operational objectives.
Monsanto, Portugal - For the first time since its inception, the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Monsanto, Portugal, will be headed by a Portuguese General: on August 19th, 2016, Brigadier-General Mário Barreto, Portuguese Air Force, received the command of the Centre.
NORFOLK, VA – Leading thinkers from Allied Command Transformation and industry gathered on July 26th and 27th to analyse the future of NATO’s communications, strategy, logistics and industrial capabilities.
Polish Army Brigadier General Andrzej Reudowicz assumed command of NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on July 21st 2016, replacing German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski who has served as the Centre's Commander since 24 September 2014.
Major General Wilhelm Grün, German Army, has become the new Commander of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC). He assumed the position on 20 July, replacing Brigadier General Wojciech Grabowski, who has led the institution since December 2013.
Warsaw—Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Denis Mercier attended the NATO Summit held July 8 and 9, which was a key milestone for the Alliance, heads of state and government officials to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the Alliance.
FORLI, ITALY. Staff from NATO ACT Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (SPP), led by Mr Dick Bedford, Strategic Issues and Engagement Branch Head, played a very active role in a joint NATO/University of Bologna Summer Workshop and NATO Model Event over the past week.
The Alliance’s ability to share and process complex intelligence was significantly improved through Unified Vision, a major 'trial' managed by Allied Command Transformation and NATO Headquarters in the context of NATO's Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, 14 – 29 June.
Leadership of NATO's advisory body on language training and testing issues, the Bureau for International Language Coordination (BILC) changed hands from the George C. Marshall European Center's Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the BILC in Riga, Latvia, 22-26 May 2016.
On June 6, 1944 in Normandy, France, Allied Forces commenced Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day, the largest invasion ever involving more than 5,000 ships, 13,000 aircraft and more than 150,000 service men. More than 9,000 servicemen were killed or wounded during this battle.
Seventy two years later, the Alliance still remembers the sacrifices of those service members who changed the tide of the war breaking the Axis stronghold in Western Europe.
A news media television crew from CNN visited the Headquarters of Supreme Allied Command Transformation on May 9th to gather in-depth information, perspectives and explanations on how this command helps prepare NATO to face current and future threats in the 21st century.
The Annual Discipline Conference for the Gender in Military Operations discipline was held in Brussels on Monday May 30, 2016. The Conference, which gathered 45 participants representing 22 nations was conducted by the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations – the Department Head for the NATO gender-related education and training.
From May 24th to 26th, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier made an official visit to Estonia, where he was welcomed with military honours by Lieutenant General Riho Terras, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces.
General Denis Mercier, with General Petr Pavel, CMC, and General Curtis Scaparotti, SACEUR, met the NATO Chiefs of Defence (CHoDs) on 18th May for the last Military Committee meeting before the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July.