From Tuesday, July 25 to Friday July 28, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier toured three Allied units in Europe in order to bolster the strong connection between NATO entities and discuss how they can work together in order to prepare the Alliance for future challenges in a complex international security environment.
In the Netherlands, he visited the Joint Force Command Brunssum and the NATO Communication and Information Agency in the Hague. In the Hague, General Mercier toured the NATO Communication and Information Agency research laboratories, intended to support NATO capabilites. At Joint Force Command Brunssum, the key discussion point was the Persistent Federated Approach.
Persistent means daily, routine, continuous, even habitual operational activity and adaptation. It implies a constant relationship between Allied nations, partners and their forces and commands, and the NATO Command Structure. The Command Structure (consisting of NATO ACT, Allied Command Operations in Mons, Belgium and their subcommands) itself is undergoing reform in order ensure that the Alliance will be capable of adapting and transitioning seamlessly along the sliding scale of peacetime, crisis and conflict.
Readiness for an unpredictable security environment was also the topic of General Mercier’s visit to Headquarters Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, where he and the Commander General Tod D. Wolters discussed Air Command and Control in the opening stages of a crisis and the integration of advanced next generation aircraft.