In order to keep a technological edge for the foreseeable future, NATO needs to continuously adapt its warfare development. One of the ways in which Allied Command Transformation ensures that the United States and NATO adaption remains in-synch is through the Regional Commanders Conference. This year’s Regional Commanders Conference was held April 12th at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Regional Commanders Conference is co-hosted by NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, and the United States Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul Selva, and aims at leveraging the strategic advantage of having a NATO Strategic Command in the United States. The theme of this year's conference was "Improving our Defense Posture to Include the Trans-Atlantic for Deterrence and Defense” and featured fourteen US Department of Defense Commanders, representatives and subject matter experts. It is the only venue linking NATO and a broad group of US Commanders together in the United States to discuss future defence posture, adaptation, Command and Control, force development, interoperability, and training requirements to meet the needs of the future security environment.
Discussions at the conference focused on the consideration that people, processes and technologies, especially big data, Artificial Intelligence and automation, are revolutionizing warfighting. The effects of these technologies on human-machine partnerships are already affecting logistics, strategic awareness, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance, as well as military decision-making processes.
For the first time, NATO's Allied Command Operations participated and was represented by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir James Everard.