|Updated: 05-Oct-2001||Week of 24-30 September 2001|
NATO Defense College
Lord Robertson gave a speech in which he congratulated the Defense College on its achievements in training generations of officers and inviting participants from partner, OSCE and Mediterranean Dialogue countries. He also outlined the parameters of the new security environment and the need to respond more effectively to the challenges of today, invest in NATO's capabilities to respond and encourage more forward-looking thinking and education in security issues.
The ceremony was followed by two conferences: one on "NATO - Where do we come from? - What is the way ahead?" and a second organised around the Anciens' Association (Alumni Association).
The NATO Defense College was initiated by General Eisenhower in 1951
and the first course was inaugurated in Paris on 19 November of the same
year. The primary role of the college is to prepare senior officers, diplomats
and officials for NATO and NATO-related appointments. Today, its students
include participants from NATO, as well as partner, Mediterranean Dialogue
and OSCE countries, extending the scope of its training beyond the borders
of NATO member countries.
Italy has hosted the college since 1966 and provided new premises in the area of Cecchignola in Rome in September 1999, the year of the Alliance's 50th anniversary.