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170221mscThe world’s foremost strategic international security thinkers and leaders joined together at the Munich Security Conference in February.

170216defminNATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the February NATO Defence Ministers meetings in Brussels, focused on ensuring NATO’s strength and flexibility in the face of evolving challenges. Ministers have reviewed progress in deploying NATO’s deterrent forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, addressed the fight against terrorism, and focused on threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa.

170117mccsGeneral Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, with General Peter Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, and General Curtis Scaparotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, met with the NATO Chiefs of Defence over the past two days to discuss NATO’s Command Structure, NATO’s strengthened Defence and Deterrence posture and Projecting Stability. NATO military leaders also reviewed the way forward for the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan, met with their Mediterranean Dialogue and Interoperability Platform counterparts, and met with NATO partners Georgia and Ukraine.

161214cotc400The 11th Annual Chiefs of Transformation Conference has reached a successful conclusion with over 500 participants from 50 countries.

161206formin01 400NATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the December NATO Foreign Ministers meetings in Brussels during which progress was made on a number of key strategic issues, including NATO cooperation with the European Union.

Allies approved a series of measures to advance how the two organisations work together. Over 40 measures were adopted to help nations counter hybrid threats, cyber defence, and make their common neighbourhood more stable and secure.

161128iitsec01The 50th celebration of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) was successfully completed in December with NATO again supporting the conference at all levels.

161120nge400The NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 is a landmark exercise that strengthened Georgia’s self-defence, deterrence and resilience capabilities.

161116mc01 400Norfolk, VA. General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation hosted the Military Committee, NATO’s senior military authority, during an important visit to the headquarters of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) on November 16 – 17th.

161110cde01 400SOFIA, Bulgaria – More than 300 military and civilian experts in Concept, Development and Experimentation gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference November 14th-16th.

161109nif400NATO officials and representatives of the defence and security industry gathered on 9 November 2016 for the annual NATO-Industry Forum, held this year at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels.

161115ribbon 400NORFOLK, VA - Work on the expansion of NATO's Allied Command Transformation was completed on November 15th, 2016, with a ribbon cutting Ceremony performed by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Denis Mercier.

161102permrep400NORFOLK - General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and the Allied Command Transformation team hosted a two-day visit of NATO Ambassadors from Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany and Montenegro at NATO’s North American Headquarters on November 2nd and November 3rd.

161028industry 400It started with a dare. How could industry be more involved in NATO exercises so that they could better understand NATO challenges on operations?

161027defmin01 400General Denis Mercier joined NATO Defence Ministers meetings in Brussels, Belgium to highlight NATO’s Allied Command Transformation’s relationship with the European Defence Agency.

161021smpc400NATO Allies and partner nations concluded the annual Strategic Military Partners Conference in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, October 21st. The conference brought together 245 participants from 48 different nations, 25 of which are partner nations.

161020ptec400Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC) play an essential role in supporting NATO’s objectives for partnership with non-member countries.

161018ncia randBRUSSELS — NATO Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Communications and Information Agency launched on October 17 an independent research project to examine ways to streamline NATO’s cyber capability development and acquisition processes.

Norfolk, VA. The Deputy Commander of the NATO’s Joint Forces Command in Brunnsum, Netherlands, Lieutenant General Fernando Alejandre met up with his younger brother, Colonel Javier Alejandre, during a visit to Norfolk on 14 October.

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161005wtop02 400October 6th, 2016 - NORFOLK, VA - This November, NATO's Allied Command Transformation is hosting the 2016 Concept Development and Experimentation Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria in order to Adapt and Innovate in a Dynamic Environment.

160929matc02 400September 29th, 2016 - The establishment of a working relationship between NATO and the Multinational Aviation Training Centre was made official on 29 September with the signing of a functional Memorandum of Understanding at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

160921europe02 400From September 19th to 23rd, General Denis Mercier visited Montenegro and Romania for official country visits, as well as France, in order to deliver his vision of transformation to high-level military and civilian students.

160916mccs01 400General Mercier and NATO chiefs of defense met during the Military Committee conference in Split, just two months after the NATO Warsaw Summit.

160912defcons400NORFOLK, VA - Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex and challenging European security landscape, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation recently hosted 25 Allied Defence Councillors to discuss future security and closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

160907gender400NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is hosting a Gender Perspectives Seminar in coordination with the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations. This two-day seminar focuses on how to work with gender perspectives in a military and security environment and how these perspectives will contribute to achieving the overall political, military, strategic and operational objectives.

160826thurkettle400Allied Command Transformation is the 3rd best public sector employer in e-Learning Magazine's 2016 review of the top 100 e-Learning companies.

160819jallc400Monsanto, Portugal - For the first time since its inception, the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Monsanto, Portugal, will be headed by a Portuguese General: on August 19th, 2016, Brigadier-General Mário Barreto, Portuguese Air Force, received the command of the Centre.

160726niag01 400NORFOLK, VA – Leading thinkers from Allied Command Transformation and industry gathered on July 26th and 27th to analyse the future of NATO’s communications, strategy, logistics and industrial capabilities.

160721jwc cocPolish 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.

160720jftc cocMajor 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.

160708summit400Warsaw—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.

160630mnc01 400FORLI, ITALY. Staff from NATO ACT Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (SPP), led by Mr Dick Bedford, Strategic Issues and Engagement Branch Head, played a very active role in a joint NATO/University of Bologna Summer Workshop and NATO Model Event over the past week.

160629uv16 400The Alliance’s ability to share and process complex intelligence was significantly improved through Unified Vision, a major 'trial' managed by Allied Command Transformation and NATO Headquarters in the context of NATO's Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, 14 – 29 June.

160625medsup400NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Medical Branch conducted a NATO Medical Support Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) at the NATO School, in Oberammergau, Germany, 22 – 24 June 2016.

160624ims400Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 23rd, 2016. Many NATO and national dignitaries visited CWIX to receive updates on how the exercise improves the Alliance through interoperability.

160616eda400The NATO-EU Capability Group, established in 2003, addresses common capability shortfalls and ensures the coherence and mutual reinforcement of NATO and EU capability development efforts.

160614cwix01 400Interoperability, or the ability for multinational units to act together, is the foundation for all NATO operations. CWIX allows NATO and Partner Nations to test, verify and improve it.

160606cnn400A news media television crew from CNN visited the Headquarters of Supreme Allied Command Transformation on May 9th to gather in-depth information, perspectives and explanations on how this command helps prepare NATO to face current and future threats in the 21st century.

160518 01 400General Denis Mercier, with General Petr Pavel, CMC, and General Curtis Scaparotti, SACEUR, met the NATO Chiefs of Defence (CHoDs) on 18th May for the last Military Committee meeting before the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July.

160517itec01 400More 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.

160512niag01 400On 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.

160429caoc ops 400NATO 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.

160422nnf400North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) enjoyed another installment of the Norfolk NATO Festival weekend April 22-23 in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

160427johnshopkins400NATO 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.

160425genad01 400The 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.

160415tide400The 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.

160414ar16 1 400Under a thick blanket of security, top brass from the world’s allied forces met in Riga, Latvia to discuss ways to adapt to an increasingly complex security environment.

160409hackathon01 400NATO's first Enterprise Architecture Hackathon took place from 4 to 8 April 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

160404iraq cied400The first group of officers from Iraq's national security forces started their NATO training course at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Centre in Amman, Jordan, on 2 April 2016.

160323mnc400NORFOLK, Va. – Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and Norfolk NATO Festival held the 2016 Model NATO Challenge at Virginia Wesleyan College, March 23.

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