Updated: 06-Nov-2002 October 2002

1 Oct. 2002
NATO to help destroy munitions and clean up military sites in Georgia

Georgia and NATO signed, on 1 October, a memorandum opening the way for a joint project aimed at disposing of missile stockpiles and clean up of military sites in Georgia.

2 Oct. 2002
NATOs first rapid reaction corps celebrates 10th anniversary
The Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) celebrated its 10th anniversary as NATO's first land-based, rapid deployable headquarters on 2 October, marking a decade of Alliance post-Cold War engagement.
2 Oct. 2002
Winners of first NATO Science Partnership Prize
The first NATO Science Partnership Prize has just been announced. The winners are Aleksandr P. Kozlov (Russia), Artem Khalatov (Ukraine) and Nick Syred (United Kingdom), for their collaboration on innovative cooling techniques applied to gas turbine engines.
3 Oct. 2002
Which NATO in 2012?
The NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, outlined the need for an “ark of security” capable of responding to “a guaranteed supply chain of instability” at a high-level conference on NATO’s future in Brussels, today, 3 October.
3 Oct. 2002
Examining NATO-Ukraine relations

NATO-Ukraine relations were the focus of two seminars organised in the Crimea on 3 and 4 October by Ukrainian NGOs and co-sponsored by NATO’s Information and Documentation Centre in Kyiv.

4 Oct. 2002
Change of command in the Balkans

The NATO-led peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo have new commanders:

Lieutenant General Fabio Mini (Italy) assumed command of the Kosovo Force on 4 October 2002, taking over from Lieutenant General Marcel M. Valentin (France).

5 Oct. 2002
NATO peace support exercises

Three NATO military exercises are simultaneously taking place at the moment, covering an area stretching across from Estonia to Western Ukraine and down as far as the Ionian Sea.

7 Oct. 2002
Top Alliance military official visits North America
General Harald Kujat, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, will travel to the United States and Canada from 7 to 10 October to discuss key issues on NATO's military agenda with senior officials. Improving the Alliance's military capabilities, reforming its command structure and the creation of a NATO rapid response force, proposed by the United States, will be the main issues discussed.
8 Oct. 2002
NATO Secretary General addresses European Parliament
NATO's Prague Summit will provide a good opportunity to finish building effective NATO-EU relations, said Lord Robertson in a speech to the European Parliament on 8 October. The Secretary General was speaking to the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Right Defence Policy and Common Security in Brussels.
9 Oct. 2002
48th General Assembly of the ATA
The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) met in Istanbul for its 48th General Assembly, 9-12 October. This year's meeting focused on "The Trans-Atlantic link and the new strategic environment - what lies ahead for NATO".
10 Oct. 2002
NATO-Russia conference to focus on defence reform
A joint NATO-Russia conference entitled “NATO-Russia Council and Defence Reform” was held on 10 October 2002, at the NATO Defense College in Rome.
11 Oct. 2002
Strengthening regional approaches to peace operations

NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, gave one of the keynote addresses at a conference held in Paris on "The UN, the EU, NATO and other regional actors: Partners in Peace?", 11-12 October. The aim of the conference was to analyse and discuss specific suggestions for greater interaction between international and regional organisations in conducting peace operations in Europe, with the overall objective of strengthening regional approaches to these operations.

11 Oct. 2002
Operation Amber Fox extended

The North Atlantic Council decided on Friday 11 October to extend the mission of Operation Amber Fox from 27 October until 15 December 2002. NATO is grateful to the Netherlands for agreeing to continue to lead the operation for this period.

11 Oct. 2002
NATO peacekeepers uncover illegal arms sales in Bosnia and Herzegovina
An inspection by troops from the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) has found evidence that a local company has breached United Nations resolutions on trade in weapons with Iraq.
14 Oct. 2002
Threat assessment and the future of global defence industry
On the occasion of the Defence Industry Conference in London on 14 October, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, underlined the crucial role of governments and defence industries in improving military capabilities to provide security and create political credibility in an unstable world. "Some European countries have decided to increase their defence budgets. There are now encouraging signs of defence industry consolidation within Europe" he stated.
15 Oct. 2002
Seminar on Europe's anti-terrorism defences

Does Europe need a homeland defence policy and are the post-September 11 policy responses weakening or strengthening transatlantic relations were the two subjects which dominated discussions at a conference on the credibility of Europe's anti-terrorism defences, 15 October.

16 Oct. 2002
Examining NATO's military transformation
A multinational symposium on NATO's transformation, new military concepts and collaborative venues was held in Warsaw, Poland, on 16-17 October.
17 Oct. 2002
Debating the impact of NATO enlargement
The security implications of NATO inviting the Baltic states to join the Alliance were debated at a seminar in Pskov, Russian Federation, from 17 to 18 October 2002.
21 Oct. 2002
NATO Secretary General visits the United States
NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, met United States President, George W. Bush, and senior administration officials during a two-day visit to Washington D.C. on 21 and 22 October.
22 Oct. 2002
General Kujat visits Moscow

General Harald Kujat, Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority, is visiting Moscow, 22-23 October. This is General Kujat's first visit to the Russian Federation as Chairman of the Military Committee.

24 Oct. 2002
Scientists prepare for "Grand Gathering" and presentation of first NATO Science Partnership Prize
Scientists from NATO and Partner countries have begun the prelude to their "Grand Gathering", which is scheduled to take place on 24 October.
24 Oct. 2002
Novgorod conference examines new threats to security

Experts and academics from the Russian Federation and NATO member countries discussed ways of tackling terrorism at a conference in Novgorod, Russian Federation, from 24 to 26 October.

28 Oct. 2002
NATO-Ukraine working group discusses defence reform
The joint NATO-Ukraine working group on defence reform met in Yalta on 28 October to discuss the state of and prospects for defence reform in Ukraine.
28 Oct. 2002
Transport seminar with Partners
A seminar on the new security challenges facing transportation was conducted on 28-30 October. It examined problems such as border crossings and civil preparedness against chemical, biological and radiological risks.

29 Oct. 2002
Capabilities dominate meeting of armaments directors
Measures aimed at improving the Alliance’s operational capabilities took centre stage at the second biannual Conference of National Armaments Directors Armaments (CNAD) in Brussels on 29 and 30 October.
31 Oct. 2002
High representative for Bosnia addresses NATO-EU meeting
The international community’s top representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina called on NATO and the EU to be firm in demanding that Bosnian authorities step up the pace of reform.