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The Challenge is set for Student Ambassadors to shape NATO's decision-making The 2016 'Model NATO Challenge' started in earnest on 4 February as 42 students from 14 High Schools in the Hampton Roads area, selected to represent each or the 28 Alliance nations, as well as 6 alternates and 8 members of the "press Corps", attended an orientation event organised by the Norfolk NATO Festival Education Committee.
Hampton Roads University Students Contribute to NATO Innovation Using a 'table top' battlefield to simulate a military offensive, university students from Hampton Roads collaborated with local military 'thinkers' to develop ideas that may help shape future NATO operations.
NATO Helps Improve Ukraine's C-IED Capacity From 25 to 29 January 2016, a Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) Awareness Course (CIAC) was conducted at the Demining Center of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in Kamianets-Podolsky, located in the Western part of Ukraine, close to the Romanian border.
Secretary General’s Annual Report shows cuts in defence spending have almost stopped The year 2015 showed how insecurity abroad directly affects our security at home, but it also showed that the Alliance is responding, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during the presentation of his Annual Report today (28 January, 2016).

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  • Training Synchronisation Conference

    The 2016 NATO Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) will be conducted from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 March 2016 in Tirana, Albania. The TSC is the flagship NATO Training and Education event. Addressees are kindly invited to plan their attendance based upon the outline programme available on the TSC webpage. The TSC has proved to be an excellent forum to bring together Education and Training (E&T) specialists from the NATO Command Read More
  • 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
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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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