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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Speaks to ACT staff in Preparation for the NATO Summit in Chicago and the NATO Festival 2012

hrclintonSecretary Clinton’s speech as delivered at HQ SACT on 3 April 2012

Thank you each and every one of you for the work that you are doing in this important Command. Whether you are an American service member or civilian or you are here from one of our allied countries, you are supporting and strengthening our transatlantic Alliance. As the only NATO Command in the United States, ACT is an important symbol of the importance that we place on our commitment to this indispensable Alliance.

The work you are doing here is making NATO more resilient and more innovative. ACT is at the centre of that innovation, and what you are forging here will allow NATO to adapt to changing times and changing missions and continue to bolster our collective security. The strategies and partnerships being developed by all of you are shaping NATO operations all over the world from Afghanistan to Kosovo to the Horn of Africa. And I do believe that when NATO leaders meet in Chicago next month, the work of ACT will play an important role when we discuss how best to be prepared against new and unpredictable threats.

It's wonderful also to see what an example this Command represents. The cultures and traditions represented at this headquarters have become such a vibrant part of the Hampton Roads community. So I'm glad to be here to help kick off this year's Norfolk NATO Festival, which has been a great tradition for many years now. I only wish I could be here at the end of the month for NATOFest, because I hear that there is quite a show of entertainment, culture, and food from around the world.

I also am aware of how this Command has really set the pace for strategic thinking, capability development, and new, innovative ways of training. We've been busy in NATO for the last 10 years. The lessons learned that you helped prepare are absolutely instrumental in shaping the path forward.

I was very fortunate some years ago as a senator from the state of New York to participate in a planning effort with an advisory council appointed by the then Commander [of ACT] to look at the way forward. It was after 9/11. It was in the middle of the rapidly changing environment in Europe and beyond. And I have some small sense of the importance of the work that you have done here.

The work you are doing here is making NATO more resilient and more innovative. ACT is at the centre of that innovation.

For all of you who are guests in the United States and for your families, I know what a commitment it is to move everyone to serve abroad, but I'm grateful that you have done so because your families also add immeasurably to this community.

So thank you again for your service, for all you are doing to make NATO stronger. I will have more to say about that later this evening at a speech that I will deliver as part of the Norfolk NATO Festival kick-off. But it is for me a great honour to be back here to thank you, General, to thank your leadership from across NATO and member-countries, and to thank the entire team for your many contributions. NATO has stood the test of time, and I hope it always will. And with people like you, I am very confident that that will be the outcome.

Thank you very much.

Following Secretary Clinton's visit to HQ SACT, she spoke at the World Affairs Council. That speech can be found online at:

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Transformer 2013-01

Cover Page

Welcome Message: An Outside Perspective

10 Years of Transformation: A Solid Foundation for the Future

Forging the Future: Leading NATO Military Transformation

The Transformational Development: Finding the Difference that Makes the Difference (extended version)

Connected Forces Initiative: Reshaping Priorities

“Ways” to Get There

The Continuing Evolution of the NATO Deployable Forces including the NATO Response Force

CLOVIS: The Connected NATO Legal Community

Doing Better with Less

Connected Forces Initiative – A Challenge and An Opportunity

2013-2014 SACT Strategic Engagement Overview

e-ITEP: An Innovative Training and Education Tool at the Individual Level

The Future Training of NATO Forces at the Joint Tactical Level

Transformation through Training at the Operational Level

Chiefs of Transformation Collaboration – A Smart Defence ‘Force Multiplier’

Building NATO Missile Defence – “Connecting the Many Pieces...”

Cyber Defence: A Major Topic in NATO’s Transformation

Answering Questions on the Future Mission Network

Spatial Forces – Who Maps Wins

Open Your Mind Before Your Pocket

Extended Hand: An Innovative Solution to Engage Foreign Actors

Is there an Appetite for Information Sharing in NATO? (extended version)

Allied Command Transformation Reserve Component Expands, Becomes more Joint (web exclusive)

Designing NATO Future Capabilities with the ACT Innovation Hub (web exclusive)

Sharing Experts: Centres of Excellence Stimulate Smart Defence (web exclusive)

Improving Collaboration with Industry (web exclusive)

The Connected Forces Initiative’s Relationship to the NATO Network Enabled Capability (web exclusive)

Where is NATO’s Role in Education and Training? (web exclusive)