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The US-led Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) is a transformation force-multiplier in which Allied Command Transformation has participated for NATO since 2002. NATO’s participation in MCDC benefits from Allied Command Transformation’s geographic co-location with the US Joint Staff; the result is a vibrant partnership which engenders close cooperation and synergy.

The MCDC is designed to develop and deliver new capabilities to enhance partnerships and effectiveness in joint, multinational and coalition operations. The Campaign provides a venue for collaborative joint, multinational and coalition concept and capability development and, in the spirit of true partnership, strives to maximize opportunities for resource sharing.

With a focus on ad-hoc coalition operations, as opposed to standing Alliance operations, the MCDC provides a flexible testbed which is highly adaptable and well-suited to the pace of contemporary and emerging operating conditions. The MCDC participants seek to build and strengthen multinational partnerships and promotes collaborative concept and capability development.

Throughout every two-year campaign, multinational teams are working on topics directly relevant to NATO ongoing efforts, such as Autonomy, Hybrid Warfare, Cyber, Medical, Logistics or Strategic Communication. Findings of “Role of Autonomous Systems in Gaining Operational Access” and “Counter Unmanned Autonomous Systems” projects, for example, provided a foundation for the NATO programme on Autonomy.

Benefits - In Brief

Partnerships – MCDC makes a significant contribution to extending Allied Command Transformation’s transformational network, connecting military and non-military entities at project-level.

Low-cost/high-payoff – NATO, by participating in a single project in an MCDC Campaign, obtains access to the thinking and finished products of multiple projects.

A low risk environment (political) within which to influence the development of interoperability and capabilities with a diverse range of actors, and a venue for practical collaboration with European Union's European Defence Agency.

Rapid two-year cycle to develop and deliver benefits within a strong governance structure.

Quality assurance - all MCDC innovative products are evaluated through rigorous peer review mechanisms that ensure added value to its customers and stakeholders.

Leading edge - flexibility to study new and innovative subjects that have not yet entered formal NATO thinking. Scope and develop ideas in a less controversial environment reducing risk prior to full commitment to enter into a NATO/ACT programme.

Leverages the co-location of NATO's Allied Command Transformation and US Joint Staff J7, enables mutual support, and adds tangible strength to the transatlantic bond.

The new Multinational Capability Campaign (MCDC) webpage offers access to all outcomes of the past campaigns, and insight into the current edition.

Please follow the MCDC library access guide to register, and enjoy!


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Leaders from 34 NATO and EU nations, alongside partners from the civil and private sector, have concluded two days of discussions at the Interdependency in Resilience Conference.

The conference was jointly hosted by the City of Norfolk’s Mayor, The Honorable Kenneth Alexander, and the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, and featured contributors from across the civil, private and military sectors. The discussion focused on how the Alliance can help nations and partners build resilience.

Building persistence in ‘resilience’ efforts and activities, not least through trusted and mutually reinforcing relationships, creates increased strategic awareness and understanding amongst NATO and EU nations and partners. Over 200 senior leaders supported the event, including Ambassador David O’ Sullivan, the European Union ambassador to the United States, and Mr Martin Stropnicky, the Minister of Defence for the Czech Republic.

“Traditional threats of yesterday, and the emerging threats of today, makes a more intricate global environment in which to safeguard peace and security across the Transatlantic link.” said Ambassador O’ Sullivan. “These daily threats are very real.”

The Conference featured open discussion panels, where panelists from across the civil, private and military sectors discussed ‘addressing resilience in the strategic environment’, ‘harnessing public-private partnerships’, ‘identifying risks and opportunities’ and ‘building resilience together’.

“NATO, and the defence world in its broadest sense, must reach “outside of the traditional walls” and engage more with a large spectrum of actors, in order to develop resilience” said General Mercier. “The City of Norfolk is confronted by natural events, and is also a strategic hub for both military and private organizations and recognised among the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network, as THE city of resilience.”

The Interdependency in Resilience conference was designed and delivered in association with OAKAS Limited and the Rockefeller Foundation. The conference was also supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, who spoke during the conference and whose City is a fellow member of the 100 Resilient Cities network.

“Resilience is an inspiration! Norfolk is a global trade city and rising seas are a constant threat. Resiliency is the means by which we make decisions to ensure our readiness”, said Mayor of Norfolk, Kenneth Alexander.

The Interdependency in Resilience Conference discussions help nations deliver on their commitment from the 2016 Warsaw Summit to enhance resilience and set the stage for the upcoming NATO Heads of State and Government Meeting.

Norfolk, Virginia has been NATO’s home in North America since 1952. Every year, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation contributes $100 million dollars to the local economy. 

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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 conferences and workshops aim 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.

All conferences will commence with a plenary session on the first day, with presentations from the United Nations, African Union, European Union and Allied Command Transformation to cover a variety of Stability Policing issues and provide various perspectives. Plenary sessions are broadcasted live on the Allied Command Transformation Innovation Hub webpage dedicated to the Stability Policing project.

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 conferences is to facilitate a robust discussion, understand different perspectives and gather data to support development of a NATO Stability Policing concept.

A series of conferences and workshops has been 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

Amsterdam (The Nederlands), May 15th - 19th, 2017: register here

Vicenza (Italy), October 23rd - 27th, 2017

olcm slideHow NATO is Bridging the Future of Logistics

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.

cotc 300x250Headquarters, 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.