NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

Allied Command Transformation Received Senior Leaders for Dialogues on Capabilities, Defence Strategy, Resource Management

June 8, 2023

NORFOLK, VA – On June 8th, 2023, Allied Command Transformation received leadership from throughout the Alliance, following the celebration of Allied Command Transformation’s 20th anniversary. Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Philippe Lavigne met with senior leaders from NATO Headquarters in Brussels and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, as well as national representatives from Hungary and Lithuania.

Allied Command Transformation followed its 20th anniversary celebration with several meetings involving senior defence leaders from around the Alliance. As NATO’s Strategic Warfare Development Command, Allied Command Transformation is responsible for anticipating security needs, designing future capabilities, and educating talents to keep NATO’s edge. “For the past 20 years, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation has been a driving force for adaptation and innovation in our Alliance,” shared Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, congratulating Allied Command Transformation on their 20th anniversary celebration. Through inputs from stakeholders around NATO, Allied Command Transformation prepares military forces through four principle functions:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Development of Capabilities
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Cooperation and Engagement

Visitors included Mr. Carlo Borghini, Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, as well as Admiral Joachim Rühle, Chief of Staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Collaboration and coordination between NATO elements is vital, as Allied Command Transformation continues to ensure the modernization of the Military Instrument of Power. With the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, leadership throughout the Alliance will be gathering in July to discuss key issues such as Sweden’s accession and integration, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and strategic challenges presented by China.

Member nation visitors included Mr. Gabor Gion, Hungarian State Secretary for Defence Strategy and Human Resources Policy, as well as Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania. “Force adaptation and transformation, capability development, as well as application of these innovative solutions are all advantages for smaller member nations when considering a quantitatively superior enemy. Discussions with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation focused on staying forward of events and emerging threats, by thinking a few moves ahead,” said Lieutenant General Rupšys.