resilience logo 300NATO's Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk are launching a conference that examines “Interdependency in Resilience” on May 2nd – 4th, 2017. The conference will be co-hosted by General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and the Honorable Kenneth Alexander, Mayor of Norfolk. This flagship event unites high-level officials from across the military, civil and private sectors to work together to enhance our nations’ and partners’ resilience.

Resilience is a society’s ability to resist and recover easily and quickly from shocks and stresses through a combination of civil preparedness and military capacity. The potential challenges addressed at the ‘Interdependency in Resilience’ Conference range from hybrid warfare to natural disasters. NATO’s Allied Command Transformation encourages a renewed emphasis on resilience based on two increasingly important trends: The risk of the civil and private sector becoming primary targets in today’s interconnected security environment and the military sector’s increasing reliance on civilian-owned or operated infrastructure and capabilities.

“As international security experts and military leaders continue to grapple with the complexity of our future global environment we understand that an integrated approach is essential to our success and that collective resilience is enhanced by working together,” stressed General Mercier. “Our Interdependency in Resilience conference aims to act as a catalyst – helping nations and partners build resilience.”
NATO views resilience as a foundation, underpinning the Alliance’s three core tasks of Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security. The conference serves as part of a joint effort of NATO Heads of State and Government to enhance NATO’s resilience against the a full spectrum of shocks and threats – ranging from cyber-attacks through to supply chain and infrastructure vulnerabilities.

“Norfolk is excited to host this significant international event. It is fitting that this event takes place in the mid-Atlantic’s premier coastal city and the newest living laboratory for resilience. Our work with NATO will help cities across the world begin to assess their vulnerabilities and build strength to stresses and potential shocks,” said the Honorable Kenneth Alexander. “As an international port city and a global leader in security, Norfolk understands the importance of collaboration with multiple sectors to ensure that the city thrives.”

The conference is being held in Norfolk, Virginia, one of the world’s first Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and NATO’s home in North America. Norfolk is an ideal setting to gather the world’s leading thinkers from NATO, the European Union, civil sector and industry leaders from key sectors. Through four centuries the city has withstood storms, wars and pandemics and become home to the world’s largest naval complex, supporting the US Navy’s Atlantic fleet.

The conference is being designed and delivered in association with OAKAS and the Rockefeller Foundation to identify and stimulate initiatives to help our nations and partners build resilience.

Norfolk, Virginia has been NATO’s home in North America since 1952. Every year, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation contributes $100 million dollars to the local economy.

For more information on the Interdependency in Resilience conference please contact Cdr Chris Bennett: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

olcm slideHow NATO is Bridging the Future of Logistics

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, has identified six Focus Areas in order to drive Allied Command Transformation’s innovative outputs: Command and Control, Collective Training and Exercises, Logistics and Sustainability, Partnerships, Capabilities and Human Capital.

Within these six areas, Logistics and Sustainability is the one envisioning the long term Comprehensive NATO Logistics Network and Operations Logistics Chain Management is the bridge to achieving this long term goal. It is the capability designed to foster collective responsibility for NATO logistics within 2022 and on which NATO will build the future of sustainment for a fully interoperable Alliance in 2030.

Operations Logistics Chain Management is intended to be fully operationally capable in 2022 with the implementation of the related Logistics Functional Service tool set, which will result in a more effective, and efficient, multinational logistic support to NATO operations by reducing duplication of national logistic chains and the competition for contracted resources. Operations Logistics Chain Management will achieve this aim by giving the Alliance a common platform for collaborative logistic planning and execution, consisting of new processes and procedures, applied to NATO doctrine, and a modern logistics Information Technology tool set that enables all stakeholders to have greater visibility of deployment and sustainment requirements and resources.

A key success factor of the programme is the Nations’ willingness to share logistics information and to change the current stovepipe national way of doing logistics, into a real collective logistics approach.

The Operations Logistics Chain Management Roadmap was approved by the Logistics Committee in September 2016 and a supporting Implementation Plan, a living draft, was developed to document and track actions needed to accomplish the 52 Roadmap Milestones over the next five years.

Exercises such as Joint Derby 2016, the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise 2016, along with the Asset Tracking Integration Campaign 2016, provided significant inputs for improving the roadmap and assessing interoperability leading to alignment to doctrine and collaboration with academia and universities in the field of future logistics solutions. In addition, the application of emergent technologies to existing and new logistic initiatives and exploring how the latest developments in these technologies area can benefit future logistics and NATO were the main topics of the Logistic track kicked off during the last Technology for Information, Decision and Execution Superiority, TIDESprint 2016, in Norfolk.

Furthermore, In order to have a tool reflecting the Operations Planning Process and capturing the main logistics process at the strategic, operational and tactical level, the harmonized and standardized Logistics Business Processes have been transitioned into an electronic format for use by NATO staff officers, nations’ staff officers and logistic training personnel for implementation and use in upcoming NATO exercises.

NATO Doctrine updated with Operations Logistics Chain Management processes and procedures, the Logistics Functional Service tool set, and a supporting Training and Education program will all contribute to NATO conducting collective responsibility for logistics and operations involving both NATO and national staff officers to rapidity work together using common procedures and tools. This provides a holistic approach for NATO and the Nations to reliably collaborate, maintain visibility, and manage valuable resources, setting Operations Logistics Chain Management as a bridge linking today’s activity with future sustainment and the long term goal of a Comprehensive NATO Logistics Network.

cotc 300x250Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, will host the 2017 edition of the Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) from Tuesday December 12 to Thursday December 14, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia.

stability policing

As stated in the 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration, the allies "seek to contribute more to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security outside our territory, thereby contributing to Alliance security overall."

In order to meet this mission, NATO needs to develop an expeditionary approach and capability. The aim of this workshop is to identify a comprehensive list of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Interoperability requirements for an effective NATO Stability Policing Concept. This concept supports the Projecting Stability aspirations of NATO's Allied Command Transformation Campaign Plan designed to contribute to the realization of the overarching Warsaw Summit themes of defence, deterrence and projecting stability.

Stability Policing is based on the principle of working in partnership with the local, regional, and national communities and authorities. However, under a Comprehensive Approach, other military and non-military actors including Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, indigenous and international police forces, and contractors will likely contribute to Stability Policing activities. In addition, some of these actors may be key in providing specialized or modular/plug-in capabilities to address specific requirements during a Stability Policing mission.

The NATO Stability Policing Concept Development conferences and workshops aim at stimulating expert discussion on Stability Policing to begin work on the NATO Stability Policing concept, in order to develop capabilities supporting the implementation of the Projecting Stability aspirations from the 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration.

All conferences will commence with a plenary session on the first day, with presentations from the United Nations, African Union, European Union and Allied Command Transformation to cover a variety of Stability Policing issues and provide various perspectives. Plenary sessions are broadcasted live on the Allied Command Transformation Innovation Hub webpage dedicated to the Stability Policing project.

Attendees of the workshop will further explore issues relate to the development of a NATO Stability Policing Concept and its requirements. The aim for the conferences is to facilitate a robust discussion, understand different perspectives and gather data to support development of a NATO Stability Policing concept.

A series of conferences and workshops has been designed to develop a NATO Stability Policing Concept. Major conference and workshop events in the concept development timeline include:

Rome (Italy), October 24th - 28th, 2016

Bucharest (Romania), February 26th - March 2nd, 2017

Amsterdam (The Nederlands), May 15th - 19th, 2017: register here

Vicenza (Italy), October 23rd - 27th, 2017

INTRODUCTION: SMPC is a two-day, Chief of Defence-level event hosted by Allied Command Transformation to discuss military-specific issues of transformation common to allies and partners.

  • The theme for this year's conference is: "Partnership a Pillar of Success, Innovation and Stability in a World of Change"

BACKGROUND: Starting in 2005, SACT directed the Command to host an annual seminar that brought senior military representatives from allied and partner nations together outside political frameworks. 11 years on, SMPC is a fixture on NATO’s calendar; it is a focal point for allies and partners to discuss long-term issues related to the transformation of military partnership.


  • Deliver project objectives within time, resource and budget constraints.
  • Align discussion topics and outputs to concurrent efforts taking place in ACT, ACO, IS/IMS, and the major Combatant Commands.
  • Establish a baseline awareness of core partnership activities taking place in the Alliance, with focus on areas of work carried out by ACT.
  • Identify innovative solutions and challenges pertaining to partnership.

CONTENT AREAS: SMPC 2016 will synthesise latest thinking regarding the transformation of partnerships in the military domain across the global commons.
Click on the "Agenda" menu item on the right for a more detailed overview.

  • Day 1 (Subject Matter Expert Day): discussions will focus on the domains in which forces of allied and partner nations are likely to operate together: maritime, air/space, cyber, and land.
  • Day 2 (Chiefs of Defence Plenary Day): discussions will focus on partnership in the Global Commons of sea, air, space, cyber, and the land domain. Focal areas will include issues that transcend all domains, .e.g., defence innovation, autonomous systems, and special operations.

WORKSHOPS: Four planning workshops (Maritime, Air/Space, Land and Cyber) have been held to generate sound ideas that include a broad arc of thematic areas at the political-military level. Working with acknowledged experts across the military-civilian domain, workshops aimed to merge and orient discussions and ideas over the near, mid, or long term horizon.

  1. "NATO Partnership in the Maritime Domain—On, Above and Below the Seas" | 15-16 September 2015 | Singapore | FINAL REPORT
  2. "Practical Cooperation in the Air and Space Domains: Partnership in the Skies and Beyond"| 23 November 2015 | Essen, Germany | FINAL REPORT
  3. "NATO Partnership on Land—amidst Terrorism, Instability, and Humanitarian Crises" | 13-14 January 2016 | Izmir, Turkey | FINAL REPORT
  4. "Partnership in the Cyber Domain: Reinforcing the Resilience of Allies and Partners" | 18-19 May 2016 | The Hague, The Netherlands | FINAL REPORT

Partners' willingness to engage in the preparation, execution, and discussions at the above workshops will be the key to the success of conference.


Please direct queries to:

LTC Marcus Nann, German Army
Tel: +1 (757) 747-3473
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