150929cicoe01 250Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Jean-Paul Paloméros, hosted the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) Signing Ceremony for the NATO Counter Intelligence Centre of Excellence (NATO CI COE) located in Krakow, Poland. This brief ceremony was held at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk on September 29th and formalised the relationship between NATO and the 24th NATO COE. Currently, 21 COEs are NATO accredited.

In the presence of the Deputy Minister of National Defense of Poland, Mr. Robert Kupiecki, and the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Martin Glvac, the MOU was signed between Slovakia and Poland as Framework Nations (FN) and representatives of the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia acting as Sponsoring Nations (SN).

As the primary hub of NATO expertise in military counter-intelligence, the COE aims to expand the capabilities of the Alliance and its member nations to enhance NATO counter-intelligence and improve interoperability. The Centre acts as a catalyst for NATO adaptation and operations by supporting the development, promotion and implementation of new policies, concepts, strategies and doctrine.

Centres of Excellence (COEs) are nationally or multi-nationally founded institutions that train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries. COEs assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, improve interoperability, capabilities, and test and validate concepts through experimentation.

150929cicoe02 350COEs offer recognized expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance and support the transformation of NATO, while avoiding duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present in the NATO Command Structure (NCS).

COEs are not part of the NATO Command Structure and NATO does not directly fund them. However, the overall responsibility for COE coordination and utilisation within NATO lies with Allied Command Transformation (ACT).

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