focus areas 300x250NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is NATO’s Warfare Development Command located in Norfolk, USA. It exists to identify current and future risks and to prepare the Alliance to meet the challenges of an unstable international security environment. Led by General Denis Mercier, Allied Command Transformation uses six focus areas which form the lens through which the transformation of NATO’s military posture is viewed. In an increasingly complex and unstable world NATO Allied Command Transformation’s mission is vital to help safeguard the freedom and security of its members. We innovate to prepare NATO to confront 21st Century security threats.

Allied Command Transformation: Improve Today. Shape Tomorrow. Bridge the Two.

Command and Control

Allied Command Transformation develops and refines the means by which NATO plans and conducts future operations. Efficient and effective Command & Control has to be adapted to the ever-changing environment, enabling NATO and its members to meet its core tasks of collective defence, crisis management, cooperative security and to project stability. A forward leaning Command & Control structure provides the ways and means for NATO forces to be interoperable to improve resilience and agility. Allies and Partners must design interoperability into command and control systems in order to improve and enhance how they operate and adapt, to meet NATO’s core tasks.


Allied Command Transformation, through the perspective of the Focus Area Capabilities, envisages to keep NATO’s warfighting cutting edge by developing capabilities starting from a clear understanding of future challenges.
Allied Command Transformation identifies and prioritizes Alliance Capability shortfalls, informing the delivery of suitable and efficient military solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. The development of capabilities entails the consideration of all material and non-material aspects in the definition of a solution towards the complete satisfaction of the requirement. The integration of all capability development efforts to achieve a harmonic evolution towards solutions to future challenges is supported leveraging knowledge from academia, Centers of Excellences, Allies and the Science and Technology community.

Future Sustainment

In 2030 the Alliance will project and sustain its Joint Force through a network of persistent, agile, scalable, and resilient operational support systems. Partnership focused, the Alliance has to be fully interoperable and forged by a cooperative, innovative and mutually supportive civil and military sustainment environment. Allied Command Transformation facilitates the Alliance to deploy, sustain and redeploy forces enabling them to fulfill their military mandate.

Human Capital

The Human Capital Focus Area’s vision is to ‘provide the best prepared people, at the right place, at the right time, every time’.
Rapidly advancing technology and a dynamic threat environment will continue to place new demands on NATO personnel. This necessitates a more proactive approach to preparing our personnel: an approach where technological advances are viewed as force multipliers; where critical and innovative thinking is embraced; and where collaboration with non-traditional partners is encouraged. By exploring emerging trends and the evidence we see today, NATO can proactively determine our future requirements. This continuous and ‘living’ effort will allow us to shape and enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of our personnel, ensuring that they are ready to meet the demands of tomorrow. This approach is the most direct path to our ultimate destination: excellence in operations.

Collective Training & Exercises

Allied Command Transformation strives to prepare forces and decision makers for the full spectrum of future warfare. This Focus Area perspective assures that NATO maintains a high state of readiness, is interoperable, is capable across the full mission spectrum, and therefore, serves as the cornerstone of the Alliance’s credible deterrence. It seeks to make greater use of education, training and exercises to reinforce links between the forces of NATO member countries and maintain the level of interoperability needed for future operations.


Partners are increasingly contributing to NATO operations and are force multipliers in fulfilling the NATO mission. Allied Command Transformation, through the Partnership Focus Area perspective, strives to achieve “Day one interoperability” with a broad range of partners, covering the full military spectrum together, and pursuing shared interests based on the partner level of ambition. Working with partners from across international bodies, such as the European Union and United Nations, as well as those in the civil and private sectors will be key to enhancing NATO’s Resilience.  Only through a common and shared understanding of our interdependencies can we build resilient nations and partners which in turn builds a resilient Alliance. By concentrating on the near and distant future, Allied Command Transformation fosters awareness for the Alliance and its partners with innovative approaches and supports projecting stability through cooperation.

 NATO's Allied Command Transformation Six Focus Areas: a Six-Minutes Video on Transformation

alta logo 400x320The Alliance relies on thoroughly considered and well-implemented plans, policies, and procedures taking into account the unique political, strategic, and operational issues it faces.

The processes of their development however necessarily drive towards a consensus opinion for numerous reasons, often at the expense of unique or divergent perspectives. Applying independent critical thought to such a problem may offer the decision maker a broader view of the situation. In addition, it can expose unforeseen implications that might cause failure of otherwise well-considered solutions.

Alternative Analysis (AltA) is a broadly applicable capability that supports the inclusion of independent, critical thought and alternative perspectives to support decision-making. It offers NATO staff the opportunity to inject additional knowledge – or knowledge perceived in a different way – into a decision-making process alongside traditional problem-solving techniques. In general, AltA’s overall goal regardless of its specific function is to reduce risk and expand opportunities through better decision-making.

AltA comprises of a set of techniques that can be learned and put into practice by any NATO staff officer. The techniques were not invented by NATO, but are rather drawn from a wide range of business and intelligence analysis practices. They are applicable to many different situations and are therefore techniques that staff officers can use throughout their careers.

For those wishing to find out more about AltA, the handbook can be downloaded here and details of the AltA training course can be found here.

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The National Liaison Representatives are uniformed military nationals appointed by their nation’s government to NATO in a national capacity. The NLRs provide Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation with national viewpoints and information from national sources, and serve as a channel of communication between HQ SACT and their national authorities.


There is a clear advantage in having National Liaison Representatives collocated with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, as the transformation processes continue to develop. Early involvement by nations has been of mutual benefit for Allied Command Transformation, NATO, and the senior defence leadership of nations involved.

NATO National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • alALBANIA - Colonel Fatmir Lokaj, Albanian Army
  • beBELGIUM - Colonel Koen De Clercq, Belgian Army
  • bgBULGARIA - Colonel Lyubomir Monov, Bulgarian Air Force
  • caCANADA- Lt. Colonel James Marshal, Royal Canadian Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Sam Perreault, Canadian Army
  • hrCROATIA - Colonel Jozo Matkovic, Croatian Navy
    • Assistant - Major Danko Baricevic, Croatian Army
  • czCZECH REPUBLIC - Colonel Jiri Vavra, Czech Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Radka Polackova, Czech Army
  • dkDENMARK - Brigadier General Steen Hartov, Danish Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Jens Assum, Danish Air Force
  • eeESTONIA - Lt. Colonel Maidu Allikas (acting), Estonian Army
  • frFRANCE - Colonel Bruno Heliun, French Army
    • Deputy - Captain Frederic De Rupilly, French Navy
  • deGERMANY - Colonel Huber Katz, German Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel (GS) Rene Schueren, German Army
  • grGREECE - Colonel Petros Sassaris, Hellenic Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Commander Argyro Tzagkaraki, Hellenic Navy
  • huHUNGARY - Colonel István Juhász, Hungarian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Geza Gulyas, Hungarian Army
  • isICELAND - Mrs. Adalheidur Porsteinsdottir, Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • itITALY - Colonel Angelo Borgogelli, Italian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Commander Giampiero Fabretti, Italian Navy
  • lvLATVIA - Colonel Aivars Mezors, Latvian Air Force
  • ltLITHUANIA - Colonel Romualdas Petkevicius, Lithuanian Air Force
  • luLUXEMBOURG - Ms. Veronque Dockendorf, Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • nlTHE NETHERLANDS - Colonel Corné Govaarts, Royal Netherlands Army
  • noNORWAY - Colonel Gerhard Larsen, Norwegian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Tor Are Harvey, Norwegian Army
  • plPOLAND - Captain Piotr Klepka (acting), Polish Navy, LNO to JS J7
  • ptPORTUGAL - Colonel Carlos De Melo, Portuguese Army
  • roROMANIA - Colonel Mihai Stir, Romanian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Mihai Statie, Romanian Army
  • skSLOVAKIA - Colonel Svetozár Bohuš, Slovakian Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Ladislav Suvák, Slovakian Air Force
  • siSLOVENIA - Colonel Tadej Burgar, Slovenian Army
  • esSPAIN - Colonel Fermin Olay, Spanish Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Enrique Puig, Spanish Army
  • trTURKEY - Colonel Adem Erdem, Turkish Air Force
    • Deputy - Captain Emre Parlak, Turkish Air Force
  • gbUNITED KINGDOM - Group Captain John Sullivan, Royal Air Force
  • usUNITED STATES - Colonel Steve Rose, United States Air Force
    • Deputy - Mr. Greg Freeburn, United States Department of Defence

Partnership for Peace National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • atAUSTRIA - Colonel Hans Joerg Stopka, Austrian Army
  • azAZERBAIJAN - Colonel Rustam Gozalov, Azerbaijan Army
  • fiFINLAND - CAPT. Jarmo Pennala, Finnish Navy
  • geGEORGIA - Lt. Colonel Romani Kavtaradze, Georgian Army
  • seSWEDEN - Colonel Ulf Landgren, Swedish Air Force
  • chSWITZERLAND - Lt. Colonel Reinhard Eugster, Swiss Army
  • mkthe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - Vacant
  • uaUKRAINE – Colonel Valerii Churkin, Ukrainian Army

NATO Interface:

  • HQ NLR Interface - Cdr Heath Sarvis, United States Navy

* Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name