viking logo300x250Viking, hosted by Sweden, a NATO Partner, is one of the world’s largest international staff exercises, jointly planned and carried out by staff from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organizations. 

The aim of Viking 18 is to train and educate participants, civilian, military and police, to meet the challenges of current and future multinational crisis response and peace operation. The exercise has been arranged regularly every few years since 1999.

The next Viking exercise will take place 16 to 26 April 2018. Last time it was conducted in 2014 it gathered some 2,500 participants from around 50 countries, and participation is expected to be as high this time. There will be four sites to practice in Sweden. Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland and Serbia also take part in the training and host one site each.

Many different actors are active in international crisis management and peace and crisis management operations. Intergovernmental organizations usually deploy field staff. Civil society organizations and humanitarian organizations second staff, as well as the Armed Forces and the Police. Viking provides an opportunity to familiarize with the complex and risky work before undertaking it.

NATO Allied Command Transformation Experimenting in Exercises. The mission of Experimenting in Exercises is to plan, design, conduct, analyse, and report on experiments within exercises while avoiding any detriment to the training and certification objectives of the exercising commanders and their forces. Click here for fact sheet.

Protection of Civilians / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment with the intent to initiate and observe the dialogue between NATO, United Nations, and European Union representatives about Protection of Civilians issues. Click here for fact sheet.

Projecting Stability / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment exploring how exercises can support the Projecting Stability approach. Click here for fact sheet.

Stability Policing / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A Discovery Limited Objective Experiment that will assess the validity of the Command and Control and Coordination with External Actors aspects of the Stability Policing Concept. Click here for fact sheet.

Federated Mission Network – Civil Military . Viking 18 Experiment Description. Assessment of proposed Federated Mission Network - Civil Military tactics, techniques and procedures to support and improve Civilian-Military information sharing in a Peacekeeping and Stability Operations environment. Click here for fact sheet.

Read more on Viking 18 here.

Visit the Swedish Armed Forces Viking 18 website here.

Visit Folke Bernadotte Academy – Swedish agency for peace, security and development website here.

msr rt 18The Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in Norfolk is hosting its third Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 2018 at the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk from 24-25 April 2018.

This is a follow-up to the last event held in Norfolk in 2016, and as a result to the findings and recommendations in the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 16 Report of Proceedings.

The theme of this year's multinational forum is "Exploiting Synergies to Improve Delivery of Global Maritime Situational Awareness."

The aim of Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18 will be to shape an information sharing framework for the world's maritime security community to facilitate more effective maritime situational awareness information exchange.

Building on the findings and recommendations of Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 16, for the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18 we have defined these objectives:

  • Identify and share best practices and practical solutions to address identified challenges; and
  • Form the basis of an agreed framework for improved information sharing and collaboration among the Maritime Security Regimes from across the Global Maritime Community of Interest

The desired end state will be a self-sustained international structure linking maritime security regimes around the world.

The forum will be conducted at the unclassified level, and the empowered audience will be drawn from the international Maritime Situational Awareness community, representing a strong cross-section of government, non-government, military, academic, and industry stakeholders.

For Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence will be using a panel format structured to balance geographic and institutional representation. There will be four panels, each one assigned one of 4 sub-themes: Law, Process, Shipping Industry and Regional perspective. Each panel will consist of 4 panelists, chosen as a result of their experience and/or current position in the field of Maritime Situational Awareness or maritime security. There will be an introductory presentation given by a panel chair, framing the subject of the panel discussion, followed by three panelist speakers who will each provide perspective on the sub-themes based on their background and experience. Each panel sub-theme and supporting presentations are designed to trigger questions and stimulate discussion amongst all the participants.

The invited panellists are all senior leaders in respective Maritime Security Regimes - both military and civilian. Consequently, Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18 will have a good mix of both military and civilian participants and panelists.

For more information please visit

Go to the Home page and click on the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18. This will take you to the info and registration pages. Here you can review the agenda, welcome package, and background information. You will also be able to complete the online registration form.

mcdcMultinational Capability Development Campaign

The US-led Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) is a transformation force-multiplier in which Allied Command Transformation has participated for NATO since 2002. NATO’s participation in MCDC benefits from Allied Command Transformation’s geographic co-location with the US Joint Staff; the result is a vibrant partnership which engenders close cooperation and synergy.

The MCDC is designed to develop and deliver new capabilities to enhance partnerships and effectiveness in joint, multinational and coalition operations. The Campaign provides a venue for collaborative joint, multinational and coalition concept and capability development and, in the spirit of true partnership, strives to maximize opportunities for resource sharing.

With a focus on ad-hoc coalition operations, as opposed to standing Alliance operations, the MCDC provides a flexible testbed which is highly adaptable and well-suited to the pace of contemporary and emerging operating conditions. The MCDC participants seek to build and strengthen multinational partnerships and promotes collaborative concept and capability development.

Throughout every two-year campaign, multinational teams are working on topics directly relevant to NATO ongoing efforts, such as Autonomy, Hybrid Warfare, Cyber, Medical, Logistics or Strategic Communication. Findings of “Role of Autonomous Systems in Gaining Operational Access” and “Counter Unmanned Autonomous Systems” projects, for example, provided a foundation for the NATO programme on Autonomy.

Benefits - In Brief

Partnerships – MCDC makes a significant contribution to extending Allied Command Transformation’s transformational network, connecting military and non-military entities at project-level.

Low-cost/high-payoff – NATO, by participating in a single project in an MCDC Campaign, obtains access to the thinking and finished products of multiple projects.

A low risk environment (political) within which to influence the development of interoperability and capabilities with a diverse range of actors, and a venue for practical collaboration with European Union's European Defence Agency.

Rapid two-year cycle to develop and deliver benefits within a strong governance structure.

Quality assurance - all MCDC innovative products are evaluated through rigorous peer review mechanisms that ensure added value to its customers and stakeholders.

Leading edge - flexibility to study new and innovative subjects that have not yet entered formal NATO thinking. Scope and develop ideas in a less controversial environment reducing risk prior to full commitment to enter into a NATO/ACT programme.

Leverages the co-location of NATO's Allied Command Transformation and US Joint Staff J7, enables mutual support, and adds tangible strength to the transatlantic bond.

The new Multinational Capability Campaign (MCDC) webpage offers access to all outcomes of the past campaigns, and insight into the current edition.

Please follow the MCDC library access guide to register, and enjoy!


p360 300x250NATO Partnerships 360 Symposium is a new and innovative venture, held for the first time at the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS), Berlin, Germany, from 30 January to 1 February 2018.

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From May 2nd to 4th 2017, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Mayor of Norfolk hosted a conference examining “Interdependency in Resilience”, supported by leaders from 34 NATO and EU nations and more than 30 private sector partners. The conference improved understanding and visibility of what resilience means across the civil, private and military sectors; established knowledge transfer and developed actionable proposals to improve mutual collaboration to help build resilience.

The conference paper, entitled ‘Building resilience – Collaborative proposals to help nations and partners’ has now been published. It identifies tangible proposals to help build Alliance resilience, strengthening and expanding the ongoing work by NATO and furthering cooperation with the EU. The proposals operationalise the four key themes identified by the conference and widen the aperture on how our nations and partners build resilience through trusted collaboration.

Both Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk hope these proposals will act as a catalyst for the civil, private and military sectors to intensify their collaboration and help nations and partners build resilience.

OAKAS Ltd supported Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk to analyse the conference outcomes and initial development of the conference paper.

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