Written by Administrator Friday, 01 July 2011 08:09
Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Capability Engineering Principles and Plans (CEPP) Branch, with the support of Concept Development (CD) and Operational Experimentation (OPEX) Branch, recently organised and executed the 2011 Concept Development & Experimentation (CD&E) Working Group (WG) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff visited Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) June 22 for office calls with command leadership and roundtable discussions.
While at the headquarters, Shirreff met with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial, and ACT Chief of Staff, Royal Navy Vice Admiral Robert Cooling.
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Polish Army General Mieczysław Bieniek also met with Shirreff and hosted roundtable discussions on key ACT initiatives including Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, Lessons Learned and Global Commons.
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff (left) meets
with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial
during a visit to HQ SACT June 22. Photo by German Navy Master Chief Thorsten Bohlmann.
Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff, Royal Navy Vice Admiral Robert Cooling hosted a delegation of Defence Counsellors at Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) June 22-23.
The delegation, led by Assistant Secretary General Defence Plans and Policy, Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz, participated in working sessions and office calls with ACT leadership.
Discussions and briefings focussed on key areas of interest for ACT including Countering Hybrid Threats, Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (DDPR), the Road to the 2012 Summit, and Industry Day 2011.
Defence Counsellors meet for discussions during a visit to HQ SACT June 22-23.
Photo by German Navy Master Chief Thorsten Bohlmann.
Assistant Secretary General Defence Plans and Policy, Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz, and Director General of the International Military Staff, Germany Army Lieutenant General Jurgen Bornemann met with ACT leadership for trilateral staff talks.
Dirioz is the Secretary General’s primary advisor on defence policy and planning issues and is a member of the Secretary General’s senior management team.
Bornemann leads the IMS, which is the executive agency of the Military Committee and provides staff support to the Military Committee and is responsible for the preparation of assessments, studies and other papers on NATO military matters.
Assistant Secretary General Defence Plans and Policy, Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz (left),
meets with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial
during a visit to HQ SACT June 21. Photo by German Navy Master Chief Thorsten Bohlmann.
Assistant Chief of Staff Joint Education, Training and Exercises hosted a delegation from the Belgium War College Higher Staff Course visited Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) June 23.
The delegation, led by Belgium Army Colonel Dominique Collins, met with ACT leaders for discussions and briefings on ACT’s role in transformation.
A group from the Belgium War College Higher Staff Course stop for a photo during a
visit to HQ SACT June 23. Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sarah Langdon.
For the first time in its history, the NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability exploration, experimentation and examination exercise (CWIX) was held at the Joint Forces Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland from 30 May to 16 June 2011.
The 2011 Strategic Military Partner Conference concluded today, June 15 in Belgrade, Serbia.
The 2011 Strategic Military Partner Conference kicked off June 14 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial, hosted the Defence Committee from the French National Assembly at Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) June 6-7.
Vice President of the Committee, Mr Philippe Vitel, and his delegation engaged in briefings and discussions focussed on Future Threats, Missile Defence, Comprehensive Approach, and Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. The discussion showed a strong interest from the delegation for ACT work, particularly in the areas of training and partnerships, and support to ACT’s action in furthering Alliance transformation.
While in Norfolk, the group also had the unique opportunity to tour Naval Station Norfolk - the world's largest naval base.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial,
meets with members of the Defence Committee from the French National Assembly.
Photo by German Navy Master Chief Thorsten Bohlmann.
While at the headquarters, Gruszka met with key ACT leadership and attended roundtable discussions and briefings on Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, Counterinsurgency, the Comprehensive Approach, and Training for Operations.
Following the discussions, Gruszka met with Polish personnel serving at HQ SACT.
Lieutenant General Edward Gruszka (left) meets with
General Stephane Abrial during a visit to HQ SACT June 6.
NATO photo by German Navy Master Chief Thorsten Bohlmann.
While visiting, the group met with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial, and attended roundtable discussions on Missile Defence.
In addition to building commercial and military aircraft, Boeing also designs and manufactures electronic and defence systems, missiles, satellites and communication systems.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial (left)
met with Boeing Vice President for Business Development for Information Solutions,
Bryan Palma during a Boeing Executive visit to HQ SACT.
NATO Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tekeshia Affa.
In a letter sent to NATO member nations in November 2010, ACT requested inputs regarding NATO and/or national Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E). One of the national requests that came back was from Poland, asking for support in building Poland’s national CD capabilities in the newly formed Doctrine and Training Centre (DTC) of the Polish Armed Forces in Bydgoszcz.
In response, ACT decided to establish a Mobile Training Team to be sent to Poland to conduct the NATO CD&E Orientation Course for 46 students at the DTC of the Polish Armed Forces.
The course was conducted 16-19 MAY 2011 in the new DTC facility in Bydgoszcz. The Mobile Training Team was supported by the host nation that provided the facility, a course director, and the needed admin support.
The aim of the course was “to familiarize participants with NATO’s CD&E structure, process and
procedures”. To keep NATO educational standards and relevance, the course was based upon the CD&E Orientation Course normally conducted 2 times a year at the NATO School in Oberammergau Germany. The course provided a vital foundation for the Polish DTC and the Polish Armed Forces who are building up a CD&E capability. Furthermore, it supplied a good venue for networking between internal Polish entities and ACT CD&E.
The students were officers and civilians ranking from Major General (retired) down to Army Captain or civilian equivalent from all over the Polish Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense and all services linked to CD&E in Poland. In addition, the course had one student from JFTC. The results of the surveys underpin that the course was highly appreciated and that the objectives were met.
The NATO CD&E Orientation Course is a young one, first conducted in 2008 at the NATO School, but is constantly overfilled and cannot keep up with the demand from nations and NATO entities. According to the student feedback from the school, the course meets the nations’ expectations and is one of the most appreciated training events around.
Based upon the recent experience from Poland, it has been suggested that ACT should set up a regional course inviting nations representing a specific geographical region.
It would be a huge task and would it be worth it? We believe so, because if we have strong CD&E communities in the nations, ACT will in the future have a lot of “partners”. These can then in turn support each other and thereby help transforming NATO and it’s nations in a more efficient and effective way, leading to new and better future capabilities.
In a long-term perspective, supporting nations in building their own CD&E capabilities will pay off.
This week Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) Operational Experimentation Branch (OPEX) is conducting a Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Staff Handbook Validation Experiment during NATO Exercise STEADFAST JOIST 2011.
Raytheon recently received a NATO contract to develop an electronic Individual Training and Education Programme (e-ITEP).
The e-ITEP is a web-based, commercial, off-the-shelf software application customised by Raytheon for the Alliance.
"This is a key milestone in the new NATO training landscape," said Allied Command Transformation Deputy Chief of Staff Karlheinz Viereck. "e-ITEP will support the goal of delivering the right training to the right people at the right time, allowing individuals arriving at a NATO post to possess the skills and competencies necessary to perform their assigned duties."
For more information on e-ITEP visit http://www.act.nato.int/organization/hq-sact/structure/joint-force-trainer/605-a-key-milestone-in-the-new-nato-training-landscape-the-electronic-education-and-training-education-programme-e-itep.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General
Stephane Abrial (right) speaks with executives from Thales Raytheon May 26.
Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer (DCOS JFT) German Air Force Lieutenant General Karlheinz Viereck recently attended the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Education and Training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- Norwegian CHOD visits ACT
- NATO and Industry expand networked battle lab cooperation
- Slovenian General Staff College visits ACT
- Finmeccanica visits ACT
- UK Assistant Chief of Naval Staff visits ACT
- ACT Hosts Meetings of the Systems Concepts & Integration Panel
- Sixtieth anniversary celebration of the NATO Defense College
- NATO exhibits new technologies at ITEC 2011
- JFTC hosts NATO Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Conference
- Leaders discuss collaboration of modelling and simulation
- ACT transforming Maritime Command and Control and MSA Capability Development
- Successful ‘Countering Hybrid Threats’ experiment in Estonia
- General Abrial visits Cyber Defence Centre
- MNE 7: Access to the Global Commons
- - NATO, Nations need to better choreograph engagements with industry
- SACT visits Estonia
- SACT visits Latvia
- SACT visits Lithuania
- Simulation training conference successfully concluded
- Training Needs Analysis on Gender
- A key milestone in the new NATO training landscape: The electronic Individual Training and Education Programme (e-ITEP)
- ACT Countering Hybrid Threats Task Force identifies future challenges
- Slovak Major General Pavel Macko takes command of Joint Force Training Centre
- SAIC group visits HQ SACT
- Director of NATO Office of Security Visits ACT
- SACT Visits the Republic of Albania
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Osama Bin Laden
- Visit by Amb. Alexander Vershbow
- Hampton Roads celebrates NATO with annual international festival
- Virginia International Tattoo
- Flag raising kicks off annual Norfolk NATO festival
- NATO Student Forum
- ADL Cooperative Development Team training event
- DSACT Commemorates the Victims of Katyń
- DSACT visits SHAPE
- JCS Deputy Director visits HQ SACT
- Director of ESC visit to HQ SACT
- ACT hosts 8th Annual NNEC Conference
- House of Commons Defence Committee members visit HQ SACT
- NATO Permanent Representatives visit ACT
- Latvian CHOD visits HQ SACT
- ACT hosts Integrating Gender Perspective Education Event
- Local students test diplomacy skills at Model NATO
- SACT Visits the Republic of Slovenia
- SACT Visits the Republic of Croatia
- ACT receives Admiral’s Cup
- DSACT visits Turkey
- DSACT attends Defense and Security Conference
- SACT speaks to French American Chamber of Commerce
- ACT Prepares to Transfer Responsibility of the CFC and “CimicWeb” to ACO
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