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September 11th, 2018 - Remarks to NATO's Allied Command Transformation Change of Command Ceremony

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vision newIMPROVING TODAY, SHAPING TOMORROW, BRIDGING THE TWO

The breadth of instability affecting the Euro-Atlantic area, together with challenges such as hybrid warfare and aggressive non-state actors, compels the Alliance to increase the pace of its adaptation. From a military perspective,the complexity and uncertainty of the strategic environment, the interrelated nature of crises, and the growing challenges to our technological edge, require us to change our mind-set and the way we conduct warfare. To remain credible,and relevant now and in the future, the Alliance must make the right decisions today.

In this context, ACT works towards strengthening NATO's Defence and Deterrence Posture to ensure it remains ready, responsive and able to fulfil the three core tasks our Nations have determined: Collective Defence, Crisis Management, and Cooperative Security.

My intent is to enhance and sustain a modern and agile combat system for NATO by supporting and improving today's operational capability, understanding and shaping the future, and bridging the two.

To achieve this, Allied Command Transformation will concentrate on six essential, and interrelated, Focus Areas (FA): Command and Control (C2), Logistics and Sustainability, Collective Training and Exercises, Partnerships, Capabilities and HumanCapital. With C2 as the driving force for NATO's future success, these FAs will guide our core efforts providing integrated outputs for the Alliance's adaptation, thus strengthening our Posture and ensuring its 360 degree approach.

Through innovative thinking and experimentation, advanced exercises and constant engagement with partners and stakeholders, we will deliver our best military advice to NATO Nations to support them in the preparation of their future capabilities,in the most transparent and rigorous cost-efficient way. Shaping our vision of NATO's military capacity along these lines for the next 15 years will drive our efforts as we strive to guarantee our level of efficiency and responsiveness over the long term.

Commander's Vision

I see ACT as the driving force for transforming NATO's combat system in the face of a constantly evolving and unpredictable geostrategic environment.

We strengthen the credibility of the Alliance's deterrence and defence posture today through innovation at all levels. In concert with ACO, we enhance NATO's operational capability with an ability to further develop and improve our military capacity through a clear understanding of the future threats and challenges we face, and pioneering solutions to address them.

MEDIA ADVISORY (UPDATE) - Sept. 10, 2018

NATO Allied Command Transformation Change of Command Ceremony

NORFOLK, Va. – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters change of command will take place on Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads at HQ SACT on Sept. 11 at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

The ceremony was initially scheduled to take place aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13. On Sept. 10 at 11:15 a.m. EDT, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha due to the approach of Hurricane Florence.

During the ceremony, Gen. Denis Mercier (French Air Force), Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, will change responsibility with Gen. André Lanata (French Air Force).

As one of NATO’s two strategic commands, Allied Command Transformation has been located in the United States since its inception in 2003 and serves as both a symbol and instrument of the transatlantic security link. Military personnel from 26 Allied nations, as well as eight partner nations, serve at Allied Command Transformation to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading NATO’s warfare development. The principal functions of the command are military foresight, capability development, exercises, education and training and partnership engagement.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Allied Command Transformation continues to innovate and prepare the Alliance for all future security challenges.

All interested media must register with U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dawn Stankus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1-757-747-3245) in the Allied Command Transformation Public Affairs Office by 10 a.m. EDT on Sept. 10. Media are expected to arrive no later than 10 a.m. to be escorted on base. Additional details will be provided to media following their registration.

For more information on NATO’s Allied Command Transformation mission and leadership biographies click here.

Please visit NATO’s Allied Command Transformation electronic media kit at: https://www.act.nato.int/media-kit


U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier to Host NATO Change of Command (SUPERSEDED)

NORFOLK, Va. – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters will hold a change of command ceremony aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Sept. 13.

During the ceremony, Gen. Denis Mercier (French Air Force), Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, will change responsibility with Gen. André Lanata (French Air Force). NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and French Minister of Defence Florence Parly will provide remarks at the event. Also in attendance will be Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, and Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

As one of NATO’s two strategic commands, Allied Command Transformation has been located in the United States since its inception in 2003 and serves as both a symbol and instrument of the transatlantic security link. Military personnel from 26 Allied nations, as well as eight partner nations, serve at Allied Command Transformation to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading NATO’s warfare development. The principal functions of the command are military foresight, capability development, exercises, education and training and partnership engagement.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Allied Command Transformation continues to innovate and prepare the Alliance for all future security challenges.

All interested media must register with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dawn Stankus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1-757-747-3245) in the Allied Command Transformation Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sept. 10. Registered media are expected to meet at the Naval Station Norfolk Tour and Information Center by 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 13. Additional details will be provided to media following their registration.

Please visit NATO’s Allied Command Transformation electronic media kit here.

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