General Mercier visits General Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
From Tuesday, January 9th to Friday 19th, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier visited General Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
General Mercier also met with the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, helping to prepare for future meetings of the ministers and chiefs of defence of the Alliance. Together with Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he presented the current works on the NATO Command Structure adaptation.
The two supreme allied commanders continued their trip with a visit to Paris, in which they delivered a common speech in front of the Ecole de Guerre, the French Armed Forces staff college. They met with General Lecointre, French Chief of Defence, and with Madame Laurence Parly, the French minister of Defence. It was a unique occasion to listen to the French position regarding the Alliance, and for the two supreme commanders, to engage with this key ally about both transformation and operations.
On the 16th and 17th January, the two strategic commanders joined the Allied Chiefs of Defence who had gathered for their first meeting of 2018 in the 178th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. During the first day, the Chiefs of Defence focused on the Alliance’s political and military priorities ahead of the July Summit, military contribution to security and stabilization in Europe’s southern neighbourhood, the NATO Command Structure adaptation, the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and the Global Coalition against ISIS and NATO’s role in Iraq. The second day saw sessions with Ukraine and Georgia, followed by a meeting focused on Military Coherence.
To finish his trip, General Mercier paid a visit to the European business school INSEAD in Fontainebleau, close to Paris, France. It was the occasion for him to share his views about how will digitalization and big data change the way defence organizations operate and prepare in a complex environment, to young professionals and decision makers of tomorrow.