SMPC 2014 will take place on 17-19 June 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This annual event enables Chiefs of Defence of NATO and Partner nations to share their perspectives on strategic issues of common interest.
SMPC is a core event within SACT's Strategic Engagement Campaign. Its target audience consists of CHODs of NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and Partners across the Globe (PatG), and informs them about NATO's transformational efforts. By creating a common understanding amongst a wide array of partners and members of the Alliance alike, the intent of SMPC is to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding transformation throughout the trans-Atlantic community.
SACT will take the findings from SMPC to craft best military advice regarding NATO's transformational efforts.
The conference consists of two major parts: CHODs Day and Workshops.
The CHODs Day:
The first day of the conference promotes strategic-level discussion through presentations. The following Q&A sessions enable national perspectives to dovetail from the presentations. Since the SMEs will be present, it is the hope of SMPC's organisers that presentations, combined with substantive Q&A sessions, will create common understanding and lay the foundation for the following workshops at the SME level.
The Syndicate Discussions:
The CHOD's plenary will be followed by syndicate sessions. These breakouts will allow CHODs and Subject Matter Experts from both nations and ACT to examine issues in greater detail.
National perspectives will be organised into the SMPC Analysis Report, which will feed the ACT transformational development process. The report will be forwarded to all relevant NATO authorities, including the Secretary General, the IS, the IMS, and all conference participants.
Since the first execution of the conference in 2006, SMPC evolved to be a forum for the mutual exchange of ideas. As part of this broader strategy we engage partners from the earliest stages of planning for ACT-led engagements and initiatives. It is a shift in thinking, driven by repeated partner requests to have a seat at the table during planning discussions.
ACT Point of Contact
MAJ Suat Kürşat Gün
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