NATO Defense College begins flagship course

  • 02 Mar. 2010 -
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  • Last updated: 04 Mar. 2010 15:08

On 2 March, Italian Chief of Defence General Vincenzo Camporini delivered an inaugural address at the NATO Defense College in Rome to kick off the 116th “Senior Course”. He was welcomed by LtGen Wolf-Dieter Loeser, Commandant of the College.

In his opening remarks, LtGen Loeser reminded course participants of the importance of deepening their knowledge to meet NATO’s current challenges.

General Camporini’s address highlighted the primary objective of NATO’s new Strategic Concept: to tackle new global threats and, by strengthening Allied solidarity, ensure that NATO is better able to respond to new security challenges.

To achieve NATO’s goals, the General said it is essential to develop stronger synergy with key governmental and non-governmental actors on the international stage. In addition, he called for more emphasis on enhancing the relationship between NATO and the European Union. General Camporini’s speech was followed by a lively question and answer period.

The six-month Senior Course is the College's core business. It aims to prepare senior officers and civilian officials for high-level positions with the Alliance through in-depth study of the changing international security environment and new, multi-faceted threats and challenges.

More than 80 military personnel and civilians representing 29 NATO and Partner countries are attending the course.