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170222tscThe Training Synchronisation Conference is the annual gathering of Education and Training specialists from the NATO Command and Force Structures, member and partner Nations, to discuss the latest developments across the entire NATO education and training spectrum.

170221mscThe world’s foremost strategic international security thinkers and leaders joined together at the Munich Security Conference in February.

170216defminNATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the February NATO Defence Ministers meetings in Brussels, focused on ensuring NATO’s strength and flexibility in the face of evolving challenges. Ministers have reviewed progress in deploying NATO’s deterrent forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, addressed the fight against terrorism, and focused on threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa.

170117mccsGeneral Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, with General Peter Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, and General Curtis Scaparotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, met with the NATO Chiefs of Defence over the past two days to discuss NATO’s Command Structure, NATO’s strengthened Defence and Deterrence posture and Projecting Stability. NATO military leaders also reviewed the way forward for the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan, met with their Mediterranean Dialogue and Interoperability Platform counterparts, and met with NATO partners Georgia and Ukraine.

161214cotc400The 11th Annual Chiefs of Transformation Conference has reached a successful conclusion with over 500 participants from 50 countries.

161206formin01 400NATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the December NATO Foreign Ministers meetings in Brussels during which progress was made on a number of key strategic issues, including NATO cooperation with the European Union.

Allies approved a series of measures to advance how the two organisations work together. Over 40 measures were adopted to help nations counter hybrid threats, cyber defence, and make their common neighbourhood more stable and secure.

161128iitsec01The 50th celebration of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) was successfully completed in December with NATO again supporting the conference at all levels.

 

161110cde03 400The Protection of Civilians (PoC) Concept Workshop marked a major milestone in launching NATO’s concept development work on this important subject. This Workshop was part of the annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference that took place from November 14th-16th in Sofia, Bulgaria, where more than 300 military and civilian experts in Concept Development and Experimentation gathered.

161120nge400The NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 is a landmark exercise that strengthened Georgia’s self-defence, deterrence and resilience capabilities.

161116mc01 400Norfolk, VA. General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation hosted the Military Committee, NATO’s senior military authority, during an important visit to the headquarters of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) on November 16 – 17th.

161116resolve400NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, based in Norfolk, VA is the Alliance’s only permanent Headquarters in North America. The Headquarters was humbled to be nominated for the 2016 Hope of Access Award by one of its staff members, Mrs Dani Fenning and we are delighted to receive this prestigious award on behalf of NATO.

161110cde01 400SOFIA, Bulgaria – More than 300 military and civilian experts in Concept, Development and Experimentation gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference November 14th-16th.

161109nif400NATO officials and representatives of the defence and security industry gathered on 9 November 2016 for the annual NATO-Industry Forum, held this year at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels.

161115ribbon 400NORFOLK, VA - Work on the expansion of NATO's Allied Command Transformation was completed on November 15th, 2016, with a ribbon cutting Ceremony performed by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Denis Mercier.

161102permrep400NORFOLK - General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and the Allied Command Transformation team hosted a two-day visit of NATO Ambassadors from Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany and Montenegro at NATO’s North American Headquarters on November 2nd and November 3rd.

161028industry 400It started with a dare. How could industry be more involved in NATO exercises so that they could better understand NATO challenges on operations?

161027defmin01 400General Denis Mercier joined NATO Defence Ministers meetings in Brussels, Belgium to highlight NATO’s Allied Command Transformation’s relationship with the European Defence Agency.

161021smpc400NATO Allies and partner nations concluded the annual Strategic Military Partners Conference in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, October 21st. The conference brought together 245 participants from 48 different nations, 25 of which are partner nations.

161020ptec400Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC) play an essential role in supporting NATO’s objectives for partnership with non-member countries.

161018ncia randBRUSSELS — NATO Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Communications and Information Agency launched on October 17 an independent research project to examine ways to streamline NATO’s cyber capability development and acquisition processes.

Norfolk, VA. The Deputy Commander of the NATO’s Joint Forces Command in Brunnsum, Netherlands, Lieutenant General Fernando Alejandre met up with his younger brother, Colonel Javier Alejandre, during a visit to Norfolk on 14 October.

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161005wtop02 400October 6th, 2016 - NORFOLK, VA - This November, NATO's Allied Command Transformation is hosting the 2016 Concept Development and Experimentation Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria in order to Adapt and Innovate in a Dynamic Environment.

September 29th, 2016 - NORFOLK, VA - On September 26th, 2016, a local Newport News company, C2 Technologies, won an international competition to develop a prototype serious game to teach Rules of Engagement to NATO soldiers. The award of the contract, valued at $108,000 with a short 13-week game development plan, is indicative the progress that can be achieved when government and industry collaborate. From NATO’s perspective, this technology provides essential training for NATO troops to ensure the safety of civilians wherever they operate.

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160929matc02 400September 29th, 2016 - The establishment of a working relationship between NATO and the Multinational Aviation Training Centre was made official on 29 September with the signing of a functional Memorandum of Understanding at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

At the recent Summit in Warsaw, NATO leaders recognised the growing importance of Cyber Defence to the future security of the Alliance and declared that Cyber would join Land, Maritime, Air and Space as a 'domain'.

160921europe02 400From September 19th to 23rd, General Denis Mercier visited Montenegro and Romania for official country visits, as well as France, in order to deliver his vision of transformation to high-level military and civilian students.

160916mccs01 400General Mercier and NATO chiefs of defense met during the Military Committee conference in Split, just two months after the NATO Warsaw Summit.

160912defcons400NORFOLK, VA - Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex and challenging European security landscape, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation recently hosted 25 Allied Defence Councillors to discuss future security and closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

160907gender400NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is hosting a Gender Perspectives Seminar in coordination with the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations. This two-day seminar focuses on how to work with gender perspectives in a military and security environment and how these perspectives will contribute to achieving the overall political, military, strategic and operational objectives.

160826thurkettle400Allied Command Transformation is the 3rd best public sector employer in e-Learning Magazine's 2016 review of the top 100 e-Learning companies.

160819jallc400Monsanto, Portugal - For the first time since its inception, the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Monsanto, Portugal, will be headed by a Portuguese General: on August 19th, 2016, Brigadier-General Mário Barreto, Portuguese Air Force, received the command of the Centre.

160819cc02 250Cyber Coalition (CC) is a NATO Cyber Defense Exercise planned and conducted by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) under the governance of the Military Committee.

160726niag01 400NORFOLK, VA – Leading thinkers from Allied Command Transformation and industry gathered on July 26th and 27th to analyse the future of NATO’s communications, strategy, logistics and industrial capabilities.

160721jwc cocPolish Army Brigadier General Andrzej Reudowicz assumed command of NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on July 21st 2016, replacing German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski who has served as the Centre's Commander since 24 September 2014.

160720jftc cocMajor General Wilhelm Grün, German Army, has become the new Commander of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC). He assumed the position on 20 July, replacing Brigadier General Wojciech Grabowski, who has led the institution since December 2013.

160708summit400Warsaw—Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Denis Mercier attended the NATO Summit held July 8 and 9, which was a key milestone for the Alliance, heads of state and government officials to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the Alliance.

160630mnc01 400FORLI, ITALY. Staff from NATO ACT Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (SPP), led by Mr Dick Bedford, Strategic Issues and Engagement Branch Head, played a very active role in a joint NATO/University of Bologna Summer Workshop and NATO Model Event over the past week.

160629uv16 400The Alliance’s ability to share and process complex intelligence was significantly improved through Unified Vision, a major 'trial' managed by Allied Command Transformation and NATO Headquarters in the context of NATO's Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, 14 – 29 June.

160625medsup400NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Medical Branch conducted a NATO Medical Support Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) at the NATO School, in Oberammergau, Germany, 22 – 24 June 2016.

160620finland400General Denis Mercier recently visited Finland, a very important partner to NATO. He was welcomed by General Jarmo Lindberg, Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, in the Karelia Air Command Headquarters, located in Savonia.

160624ims400Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 23rd, 2016. Many NATO and national dignitaries visited CWIX to receive updates on how the exercise improves the Alliance through interoperability.

160618rsm01 250Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier recently visited the NATO Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan.

160621cos250On June 20, 2016 Supreme Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Graham Stacey delivered a lecture at the Key Leader Seminar on Gender.

160616eda400The NATO-EU Capability Group, established in 2003, addresses common capability shortfalls and ensures the coherence and mutual reinforcement of NATO and EU capability development efforts.

160614cwix01 400Interoperability, or the ability for multinational units to act together, is the foundation for all NATO operations. CWIX allows NATO and Partner Nations to test, verify and improve it.

160608marshallcenterLeadership of NATO's advisory body on language training and testing issues, the Bureau for International Language Coordination (BILC) changed hands from the George C. Marshall European Center's Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the BILC in Riga, Latvia, 22-26 May 2016.

160606d dayOn June 6, 1944 in Normandy, France, Allied Forces commenced Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day, the largest invasion ever involving more than 5,000 ships, 13,000 aircraft and more than 150,000 service men. More than 9,000 servicemen were killed or wounded during this battle.

Seventy two years later, the Alliance still remembers the sacrifices of those service members who changed the tide of the war breaking the Axis stronghold in Western Europe.

160606cnn400A news media television crew from CNN visited the Headquarters of Supreme Allied Command Transformation on May 9th to gather in-depth information, perspectives and explanations on how this command helps prepare NATO to face current and future threats in the 21st century.

160530adc250aThe Annual Discipline Conference for the Gender in Military Operations discipline was held in Brussels on Monday May 30, 2016. The Conference, which gathered 45 participants representing 22 nations was conducted by the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations – the Department Head for the NATO gender-related education and training.

160527estonia1 250160527estonia2 250From May 24th to 26th, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier made an official visit to Estonia, where he was welcomed with military honours by Lieutenant General Riho Terras, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces.