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A little rain fails to dampen the spirit of NATOFest 2016 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) enjoyed another installment of the Norfolk NATO Festival weekend April 22-23 in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia.
NATO’s Future: Bigger and Better or Tired and Torn? NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) General Denis Mercier participated in a seminar focusing on the future of NATO as part of the Alliance Revitalized Project (ARP) held April 27 at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
Academics, Activists and Armed Forces: the nexus of greater security? The Conference “Academics, Activists and Armed Forces: the nexus of greater security?” organized by the Gender Advisor’s Office at the NATO Allied Command Operations (ACO) in cooperation with the Gender Advisor’s Office at the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and SHAPE WoMen was held at SHAPE on April 25, 2016.
Open NATO Brainstorm Advances Interoperability of NATO Command & Control The 27th Technology for Information, Decision and Execution Superiority (TIDE) Sprint drew to its conclusion on Friday 15th April as the outcomes and achievements from four days of briefings, discussions, workshops and technical testing activities were presented in Krakow, Poland.

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  • TIDE Sprint

    TIDE Sprint

    The purpose of the Technology for Information, Decision and Execution (TIDE) superiority initiative is to rapidly improve NATO Alliance Information Technology (IT) capabilities by reusing existing systems or components and by steering current and future projects toward greater openness and cooperation within a common framework. The TIDE concept does not take over products or projects, but seeks to create an environment that achieves transparent integration between the services or disparate Read More
  • Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 2016

    Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 2016

    The Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE) in Norfolk is hosting a second Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 2016 (MSR RT 16) at the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk on 26-27 April 2016. This is a follow-up to the inaugural event held in Madrid in 2015, and as a consequence to the findings and recommendations in the CJOS/CSW COE MSA Study published in April 2015. The Read More
  • Multinational Solutions Synchronisation Workshop

    Multinational Solutions Synchronisation Workshop

    ACT will conduct a Multinational Solutions Synchronisation Workshop (MNSS WS), 24-25 May 2016, in Prague, Czech Republic. The audience for the workshop is at the working level and is targeted at Multi-national and Regional Capability Development Actors, National Smart Defence (SD) representatives and the Chief of Transformation and NATO Centres of Excellence (COE) representatives. ACT is combining this event with a planned National Chiefs of Transformation (COT) workshop in order Read More
  • NATO Urbanisation Project

    NATO Urbanisation Project

    ACT is currently conducting a NATO Urbanisation Conceptual Study and Experiment to examine the impact on NATO military operations of potential crises situations in urban systems and consequences of Urbanisation in 2035. Participants from 17 NATO nations, 16 NATO Centres of Excellence (COE), academia, industry, and Allied Command Operations (ACO) are researching the challenges and strategic implications of Urbanisation. Why is the Urbanisation Study and Experiment important?In 2008, the world Read More
  • International CD&E Conference

    International CD&E Conference

    The Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) Conference is HQ SACT and US Joint Staff's (US JS) leading annual forum which provides a unique opportunity for the international CD&E community and stakeholders to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation in the process of capability development. The host for 2016 CD&E Conference will be the CMDR Centre of Excellence in Sofia, Bulgaria. Location:Sofia, Bulgaria (Venue TBD) Dates: 14th to Read More
  • NATO-Industry Forum

    NATO-Industry Forum

    The NATO-Industry Forum addresses a recognised need for an elevated strategic dialogue between NATO and industry to ensure that the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements, within expected budget and time constraints, now and in the foreseeable future. Sponsored by NATO Secretary General, the Forum is co-organised by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Mr. Patrick Auroy. The Forum Read More
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SACT Seminar focuses on future challenges

sact seminarSupreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Stephane Abrial hosted the SACT Seminar in Washington D.C. Tuesday 28 February.

Among many high level attendees were NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, United States’ Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr Jim Miller, and the NATO Military Committee with its chairman General Knud Bartels.

The SACT Seminar is one of five key, strategic engagement events for ACT that brings together NATO’s political and military leaders. It is designed so that participants have an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions on issues concerning transformation – which assists in maintaining a high level of security for all Nations, the ultimate goal of the Alliance.

This year, however, the seminar had a unique twist; instead of focusing solely on ACT’s work, the event was used as a milestone towards the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago in May.

“Issues related to capabilities, which are central to ACT’s mission, will be among the most prominent in Chicago,” said Abrial. “It makes perfect sense that the preparations for Chicago will be the key focus of this seminar.”

sact seminar press conference“Stakes higher than ever”

“Today, it is apparent that the stakes are higher than ever for the Alliance to continue its Transformation and address the way it will design, develop and deploy the capabilities required to fulfill its level of ambition,” Abrial said in his opening remarks. “The emerging security challenges and requirements [that are] needed to meet them are in no way receding. Challenges linked to the growing availability of high-end capabilities, conventional and non-conventional, to a variety of actors, not all of them well intentioned.”

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated, “I know that many of you here, from ‘think tanks’, academia and industry enjoy a close working relationship with Allied Command Transformation. This means that we have already had significant contributions from you to our work. Today we have an opportunity to exchange views, in a slightly wider format and this allows me to seek your support, on a subject that is vital for the Alliance’s future – capability development.”

The opening remarks were followed by various sessions, the first of which was on “Smart Defence” and “NATO 2020 and Beyond” where participants were encouraged to share ideas and practices to improve the NATO Alliance in a way that financially troubled member nations can afford.

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