NATO Military Intelligence Committee Conference comes to a close

The NATO Military Intelligence Committee (MIC) Conference, hosted by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command in Ottawa from 22-24 May, concluded May 24th. The MIC Conference brought together the heads of military intelligence organizations from 29 NATO countries to discuss intelligence reforms aimed at improving support to Alliance planning, operations, and decision-making. The MIC is the principal advisory body to NATO’s Military Committee on defence intelligence issues. The MIC is chaired by a nation’s chief of defence intelligence on one-year rotations and co-chaired by NATO’s senior intelligence leader, the Assistant Secretary…

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NATO Chiefs of Defense inaugural meeting in new NATO HQ

The twenty-nine Allied Chiefs of Defense met in the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today (16 May 2018) to review and discuss key military deliverables ahead of the forthcoming Defence Ministerial in June and the Heads of State and Government Summit in July. Discussions focused on NATO’s Strategic Direction South, Deterrence and Defense, and Allied Modernization. Setting the scene for their deliberations, the Chiefs of Defence met with Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Mikhail Kostarakos. Following discussions on the…

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Council holds first meeting in new Room 1 conference chamber

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday (9 May) opened the Alliance’s new Room 1 with the first meeting of the North Atlantic Council in the Alliance’s new headquarters. Resembling an auditorium and equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, Room 1 is where ambassadors hold the Alliance’s most important debates and take the most significant decisions. The meeting of the 29 Allied ambassadors, NATO’s highest-decision making authority, was held as Alliance Staff and national representatives of the 29 Allies continue to move into the new complex. About half the 4,000 people…

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Will the Alliance discover navies again?

Russia is challenging NATO at sea as well as ashore. The rather muted response of the Alliance focuses on more information and new command structures to provide a competitive edge. These measures alone will not be a sufficient deterrent. States are changing the way warfare is waged. New doctrines of engagement are emerging, tactics have altered, new thinking in the Frunze Academy has developed alternatives to the Western orthodoxy about how militaries gain a competitive edge in conflict. Despite the headlines of little green men on land, the great power…

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NATO cyber defenders tested at world’s largest cyber drill

NATO cyber experts will test and train their ability to defend against cyber attacks in the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise, Locked Shields (23 April – 27 April). A team of 30 from the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) will be taking part in the week-long event, alongside 1000 national experts from around 30 nations. The competition has been organized annually by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Tallinn, Estonia, since 2010. Locked Shields is an opportunity for cyber defenders to test the…

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Developing NATO’s cutting-edge capabilities

Top national defence officials discussed opportunities to procure and develop together the capabilities the Alliance needs to face today’s security challenges at the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) held in Luxembourg on 19 April 2018. “To carry out its missions and tasks, NATO needs cutting-edge and cost-effective equipment,” said Camille Grand, the CNAD Permanent Chairman and NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment during the opening of the Conference. He underscored the CNAD’s critical role in helping NATO Allies decide how and where to invest in defence. Facilitating multinational…

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Rear Admiral (lower half) Edward B. Cashman Named Next Commander SNMG1

Rear Adm. Edward Cashman is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts. He is a 1987 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1988 and holds a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. At sea, Cashman commanded USS Mustin (DDG-89) operating as part of the Forward Deployed Naval…

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NATO Secretary General to visit Canada

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Canada on Tuesday, 3 April and Wednesday, 4 April 2018. On 4 April, he will participate in a Town Hall event at the University of Ottawa, delivering remarks and taking questions from students. He will also attend a reception hosted by the NATO Association of Canada and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, marking the 69th anniversary of the Alliance. Mr. Stoltenberg met Governor General Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance and other senior officials.

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