NATO and the City of Norfolk are launching a conference that examines “Interdependency in Resilience” on May 2–4, 2017. The conference is designed to help the civil, private and military sectors identify and understand interdependencies, develop communities of interest, and, most importantly, develop actionable proposal to help build resilience.
General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and the Honorable Kenneth Alexander, Mayor of Norfolk, will co-host this flagship event. "As international security experts and military leaders continue to grapple with the complexity of the future global environment, we understand that an integrated approach is essential and collective resilience is enhanced by working together," said General Mercier. "Our Interdependency in Resilience conference aims to act as a catalyst – helping nations and partners build resilience."
The invitation only conference is being held in Norfolk, Virginia, NATO’s home in North America and one of the world’s 100 Resilient Cities – an ideal setting to gather the world’s leading thinkers from NATO, the European Union, civil sector and key industry partners.
OAKAS and the Rockefeller Foundation are assisting with the design and delivery of the event which will identify and stimulate initiatives to help our nations and partners build resilience. Norfolk, Virginia has been NATO’s home in North America since 1952. Every year, the Command contributes $100 million dollars to the local economy.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, has identified six Focus Areas in order to drive Allied Command Transformation’s innovative outputs: Command and Control, Collective Training and Exercises, Logistics and Sustainability, Partnerships, Capabilities and Human Capital.
Within these six areas, Logistics and Sustainability is the one envisioning the long term Comprehensive NATO Logistics Network and Operations Logistics Chain Management is the bridge to achieving this long term goal. It is the capability designed to foster collective responsibility for NATO logistics within 2022 and on which NATO will build the future of sustainment for a fully interoperable Alliance in 2030.
Operations Logistics Chain Management is intended to be fully operationally capable in 2022 with the implementation of the related Logistics Functional Service tool set, which will result in a more effective, and efficient, multinational logistic support to NATO operations by reducing duplication of national logistic chains and the competition for contracted resources. Operations Logistics Chain Management will achieve this aim by giving the Alliance a common platform for collaborative logistic planning and execution, consisting of new processes and procedures, applied to NATO doctrine, and a modern logistics Information Technology tool set that enables all stakeholders to have greater visibility of deployment and sustainment requirements and resources.
A key success factor of the programme is the Nations’ willingness to share logistics information and to change the current stovepipe national way of doing logistics, into a real collective logistics approach.
The Operations Logistics Chain Management Roadmap was approved by the Logistics Committee in September 2016 and a supporting Implementation Plan, a living draft, was developed to document and track actions needed to accomplish the 52 Roadmap Milestones over the next five years.
Exercises such as Joint Derby 2016, the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise 2016, along with the Asset Tracking Integration Campaign 2016, provided significant inputs for improving the roadmap and assessing interoperability leading to alignment to doctrine and collaboration with academia and universities in the field of future logistics solutions. In addition, the application of emergent technologies to existing and new logistic initiatives and exploring how the latest developments in these technologies area can benefit future logistics and NATO were the main topics of the Logistic track kicked off during the last Technology for Information, Decision and Execution Superiority, TIDESprint 2016, in Norfolk.
Furthermore, In order to have a tool reflecting the Operations Planning Process and capturing the main logistics process at the strategic, operational and tactical level, the harmonized and standardized Logistics Business Processes have been transitioned into an electronic format for use by NATO staff officers, nations’ staff officers and logistic training personnel for implementation and use in upcoming NATO exercises.
NATO Doctrine updated with Operations Logistics Chain Management processes and procedures, the Logistics Functional Service tool set, and a supporting Training and Education program will all contribute to NATO conducting collective responsibility for logistics and operations involving both NATO and national staff officers to rapidity work together using common procedures and tools. This provides a holistic approach for NATO and the Nations to reliably collaborate, maintain visibility, and manage valuable resources, setting Operations Logistics Chain Management as a bridge linking today’s activity with future sustainment and the long term goal of a Comprehensive NATO Logistics Network.
Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, will host the 2017 edition of the Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) from Tuesday December 12 to Thursday December 14, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia.
NATO's Allied Command Transformation, in cooperation with the Romanian Gendarmerie, will host the second NATO Stability Policing Concept Development Workshop on 27 February - 02 March 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.
As stated in the 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration, the allies "seek to contribute more to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security outside our territory, thereby contributing to Alliance security overall."
In order to meet this mission, NATO needs to develop an expeditionary approach and capability. The aim of this workshop is to identify a comprehensive list of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Interoperability requirements for an effective NATO Stability Policing Concept. This concept supports the Projecting Stability aspirations of NATO's Allied Command Transformation Campaign Plan designed to contribute to the realization of the overarching Warsaw Summit themes of defence, deterrence and projecting stability.
Stability Policing is based on the principle of working in partnership with the local, regional, and national communities and authorities. However, under a Comprehensive Approach, other military and non-military actors including Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, indigenous and international police forces, and contractors will likely contribute to Stability Policing activities. In addition, some of these actors may be key in providing specialized or modular/plug-in capabilities to address specific requirements during a Stability Policing mission.
The NATO Stability Policing Concept Development Conference aims at stimulating expert discussion on Stability Policing to begin work on the NATO Stability Policing concept, in order to develop capabilities supporting the implementation of the Projecting Stability aspirations from the 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration.
The conference will commence with a plenary session on 27 Feb 2017. Presentations from the United Nations, African Union, European Union and Allied Command Transformation will cover a variety of Stability Policing issues and provide various perspectives. The plenary session will be broadcasted live on the Allied Command Transformation Innovation Hub website.
From 28 February to 02 March 2017, attendees of the workshop will further explore issues relate to the development of a NATO Stability Policing Concept and its requirements. The aim for the conference is to facilitate a robust discussion, understand different perspectives and gather data to support development of a NATO Stability Policing concept.
The Romanian Gendarmerie is supporting Allied Command Transformation and NATO to facilitate this event and assist in the development of this critical capability for NATO.
This conference is the second in a series of conferences and workshops designed to develop a NATO Stability Policing Concept. Major conference and workshop events in the concept development timeline include:
Rome (Italy), October 24th - 28th, 2016
Bucharest (Romania), February 26th - March 2nd, 2017: to register for this event click here
Amsterdam (The Nederlands), May 15th - 19th, 2017
Vicenza (Italy), October 23rd - 27th, 2017
INTRODUCTION: SMPC is a two-day, Chief of Defence-level event hosted by Allied Command Transformation to discuss military-specific issues of transformation common to allies and partners.
BACKGROUND: Starting in 2005, SACT directed the Command to host an annual seminar that brought senior military representatives from allied and partner nations together outside political frameworks. 11 years on, SMPC is a fixture on NATO’s calendar; it is a focal point for allies and partners to discuss long-term issues related to the transformation of military partnership.
CONTENT AREAS: SMPC 2016 will synthesise latest thinking regarding the transformation of partnerships in the military domain across the global commons.
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WORKSHOPS: Four planning workshops (Maritime, Air/Space, Land and Cyber) have been held to generate sound ideas that include a broad arc of thematic areas at the political-military level. Working with acknowledged experts across the military-civilian domain, workshops aimed to merge and orient discussions and ideas over the near, mid, or long term horizon.
Partners' willingness to engage in the preparation, execution, and discussions at the above workshops will be the key to the success of conference.
SMPC 2016 POINT OF CONTACT
Please direct queries to:
LTC Marcus Nann, German Army
Tel: +1 (757) 747-3473