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General Mercier and NATO Chiefs of Defence meet ahead of Warsaw Summit General Denis Mercier, with General Peter Pavel, chairman of the Military committee, and General Curtis Scaparotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, met the NATO Chiefs of Defence (CHoDs) on 18th May at NATO Headquarters in Brussels for the last Military Committee meeting before the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July.
Allied Command Transformation reaches out to technology leaders at ITEC 2016 More than 130 exhibitors from 55 countries, including NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), occupied the west end of the massive Excel Arena in London, U.K. to showcase their latest products and innovations available to the defence training and simulation market May 17th – 19th.
ACT and the NATO Industrial Advisory Group discuss role of Industry in amplifying NATO capability and posture On 11-12 May 2016 and for the first time in Norfolk (VA), the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) held its plenary session at Headquarters Allied Command Transformation (ACT). The focus of the discussions was on how to further strengthen the Alliance’s capabilities.
Accelerating Warnings to Populations during a Ballistic Missile Attack NATO HQ Situation Centre (SITCEN), Belgium – Allied Command Transformation (ACT) personnel conducted a controlled investigation as part of the Combined Air and Missile Defence Exercise 2016 (CAMDEX 16) and multinational Steadfast Alliance Exercises (SFAE) from 25 – 29 April 2016.

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ACT Featured Conferences

  • 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
  • C-IED Conference

    C-IED Conference

    The 11th C-IED conference will be held in Garmisch, Germany in 21-23 June, 2016. The conference is the annual forum of the senior and working level staff officers and government civilians directly involved in National or NATO C-IED activities, development, policy or training. Besides continuing coordination and synchronization across the NATO C-IED community this year the focus will be on NATO C-IED capability gap analysis. The Conference is open to 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 Dates: November 2016 Theme: Adaptation and 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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