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NATO Industrial Advisory Group meets in Norfolk NORFOLK, VA - The NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) held a working group at the Innovation Research Park and Headquarters Allied Command Transformation (ACT) to discuss ways to further strengthen Alliance capabilities on July 26th and 27th.
JWC welcomes new Commander Brigadier General Andrzej Reudowicz Polish Army Brigadier General Andrzej Reudowicz assumed command of NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on July 21st 2016, replacing German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski who has served as the Centre's Commander since 24 September 2014.
German Army General in Lead of the Joint Force Training Centre Major General Wilhelm Grün, German Army, has become the new Commander of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC). He assumed the position on 20 July, replacing Brigadier General Wojciech Grabowski, who has led the institution since December 2013.
General Mercier Attends the NATO Summit in Poland Warsaw—Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Denis Mercier attended the NATO Summit held July 8 and 9, which was a key milestone for the Alliance, heads of state and government officials to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the Alliance.

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    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 Dates: November 2016 Theme: Adaptation and Read More
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    It is our pleasure to announce that Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Science and Technology Organization will join in organising the 10th NATO Operations Research and Analysis (OR&A) Conference on the 17th and 18th of October 2016, hosted by NATO SACT in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. As part of the continuous development of a NATO OR&A Community of Interest, the event builds on previous conferences and workshops, bringing together Read More
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    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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    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
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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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