WTOP Reporter JJ Green Meets with NATO ACT leadership for CD&E Conference
October 6th, 2016 - NORFOLK, VA - NATO Allied Command Transformation
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. The Conference is led by NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and provides a unique opportunity for the international community to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation in support of capability development. The conference objectives include creating an environment conducive to information sharing and networking, partner building and trust building— all of which are necessary to contribute to defence innovation.
The Command hosted one of the moderators of the conference, JJ Green of WTOP 103.5FM in Washington, DC, on October 5th to situate him on these issues and familiarize him with the conference concepts. Here are his thoughts on the pressing international security issues:
“The first thing I want to point out is that many people in the U.S. do not know that there is a NATO headquarters here in the US. I want to talk about what NATO does, who they work with, and how their engagement with the rest of the world proliferates results. It’s rare to have the opportunity to engage with NATO. When I’m moderating the panel discussion my objective will be to let people know just how urgent it is to have an organization like NATO’s Allied Command Transformation performing at a high level — when you consider all the things that are going on around the world.”
Green said the three main elements of this discussion will be hybrid warfare, European security challenges and cyber security. When asked how he thought the conversation might evolve, Green said Russia would be an obvious part of this conversation but that his main goal was to give panellists the opportunity to share the expert wisdom and knowledge they developed by working with NATO over the years.
Green said that many people think of NATO as purely a military organization stressing that there is much more to the organization that most people don’t know about. “I can engage people, find out about their stories during the panel discussion and conversationally talk to people about what they’re for NATO ACT and why what’s important.”
NATO’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.
NATO Allied Command Transformation Flag Raising Ceremony
NATO Allied Command Transformation held a flag raising ceremony and picnic in honour of the United States National Day.
The ceremony was held to celebrate the 240th anniversary of national independence on the 4th of July in 1776. The Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which declared that the United States was independent of Great Britain.