General Erhard Bühler visited NATO's Allied Command Transformation on August 6th, 2019, welcomed by General Paolo Ruggiero, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
General Bühler assumed command of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum on 31st May, 2019. He is one of two operational-level commanders in the NATO Command Structure, reports directly to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and is primarily responsible for the security of the Alliance in northern Europe. From June 2013 to September 2014 he commanded NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre in Norway, one of Allied Command Transformation's sub-commands.
This is the first visit of General Bühler as the new Joint Force Commander Brunssum to Allied Command Transformation. The primary objective of the visit is to foster a closer relationship between the two commands, as well as discussing the NATO Defense Planning Process which enables Allies to provide the required forces and capabilities in the most effective way. Support to exercises and the ongoing NATO's Command Structure Adaptation were also a part of discussions. The adapted NATO Command Structure was initiated at the Warsaw Summit in 2016, recognising the changing security environment. The adapted structure allows NATO to remain robust and agile, and able to undertake effective command and control of simultaneous challenges across the full spectrum of missions. Emerging threats such as regional instability, terrorism, mass migration, as well as hybrid and cyber activities require greater operational capability. This adaptation directly supports NATO's three core tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.
General Ruggiero and General Bühler also addressed warfare development, experimentation during the upcoming TRIDENT JUPITER exercise and the ongoing Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
Allied Command Transformation is NATO's Warfare Development Command. The Command builds upon the current Alliance strengths while also looking toward the future to identify and explore potential opportunities for NATO and its partners.