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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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  • 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

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    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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Secretary Clinton visit to ACT; discusses role in NATO Summit

120403clinton350NATO's Allied Command Transformation was the centre of attention on April 3, 2012 when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped by to meet with the staff of ACT to discuss the road to the NATO Summit and ACT's major contributions to this very important event.

"We had the opportunity to exchange views on a range of issues central to the work of my command and to NATO's continued relevance and vitality to European and North American security," said Abrial.

She also took a moment to speak with ACT staff members before going into a briefing with senior level officers where she was provided a brief on the structure of ACT and the important work that is performed here in support of the overall mission of the Alliance.

"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," said Clinton.

"I would like to express my deep appreciation to Secretary Clinton for making the time to visit Allied Command Transformation and the great city of Norfolk, a city we are proud to call home," Abrial said.

During her remarks, Clinton told ACT staff members that the work done here, "is making NATO more resilient and more innovative," she went on to explain that ACT is at the centre of innovation, referring to the main core task of ACT which is to transform NATO by paving the way for more affordable and effective capabilities to be shared across the Alliance.

This was Secretary Clinton's first visit to Allied Command Transformation which is the only NATO Command in the United States.

120403clinton02 250"I am grateful for the invaluable support Allied Command Transformation has received from this country as Host Nation - and also for its leadership in helping adapt NATO to meet new and emerging security challenges, the core of ACT's own mission, said Abrial."

After Clinton's discussions at ACT, she delivered remarks at the banquet of the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, an event which was co-hosted by ACT. During her remarks she discussed the importance NATO's transformation and she commented on how NATO is no stranger to change.

"Transforming any institution isn't easy, and it doesn't happen overnight. In fact, it is a project that never really ends. But we have strong leaders and the right strategies in place. And everything we have accomplished so far points toward how much we can achieve in the days and years to come. If we stay nimble and work together, we can continue to make the world more peaceful and secure," said Clinton.

She concluded her remarks at the World Affairs Council Banquet by describing the major goals outlined for the NATO Summit and what it brings to the future.

See the whole speech and view the video of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at ACT. Text, Video

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