Updated: 12-Feb-2003 January 2003

8 Jan. 2003
Nuclear, biological and chemical defence in focus
A fictional video dramatization illustrating the dangers and difficulties that NATO forces would face if attacked by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons is now available online.
9 Jan. 2003
Operational testing of NATO high readiness HQ finalised
A military exercise held in Italy in early December -“Light Ship 02” - marked the end of the operational testing of the last of six rapidly deployable corps headquarters available to NATO.
13 Jan. 2003
Defence planning after Prague
The SHAPE School in Oberammergau, Germany, is hosting two symposia on meeting defence planning challenges post-Prague. The symposia are being held between 13 and 17 January and focus on NATO-specific and partner-specific issues.
15 Jan. 2003
Exercise Rapid Guardian 2003
From 15 January to 15 February, Reserve forces are putting into practice a new operational concept that will enable them to deploy more rapidly and deal with any military contingency in Kosovo and the region.
15 Jan. 2003
Civil-military cooperation taken to a new level

Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Group North, based in the Netherlands, formally received its status as an international NATO military headquarters on 15 January. It started as a multinational initiative launched by NATO to which six members responded (the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland).

15 Jan. 2003
Workshop on vulnerability to radiological risks
The vulnerability of civilian populations to the risk of radiological contamination was examined by four working groups during a NATO workshop held in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, 15-17 January. The working groups focused respectively on threat assessment, detection, decontamination and countermeasures around a scenario that brought into play the re-entry of a satellite containing radio-nuclear material that was going to break up and disperse.
15 Jan. 2003
Workshop on Bio-terrorism preparedness in Central and Eastern Europe
A NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "Preparedness against bio-terrorism and re-emerging infectious diseases - regional capabilities, needs and expectations in Central and Eastern European countries" was held in Warsaw from 15-18 January.
16 Jan. 2003
Lord Robertson meets Greek EU presidency
The question of how to make a reality of the huge bonus of linking the European Union's capabilities with NATO's security and defence assets dominated discussions between NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson and the Greek EU presidency in Athens, on 16 January.
17 Jan. 2003
New SACEUR - General James L. Jones
A change of command ceremony took place at the Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, on 17 January. The new Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) took up his functions. General Joseph W. Ralston, US Air Force, was succeeded by General James L. Jones, US Marine Corps.
17 Jan. 2003
New link on the Virtual Silk Highway
A ceremony of inauguration was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on 17 January, to launch the Kyrgyz link in the “Virtual Silk Highway”. The Virtual Silk Highway is a NATO project that provides satellite-based networking to the academic communities of Central Asia and the Caucasus.
20 Jan. 2003
High-level seminar focuses on NATO’s military transformation
“Open Road 2003”, a major meeting held in Norfolk, United States, 20-21 January brought together senior decision-makers to discuss NATO’s military transformation after the Prague Summit.
22 Jan. 2003
SFOR restructuring completed
In January, the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) completed the process of restructuring into a smaller, but more robust and operationally agile force.
27 Jan. 2003
Secretary General addresses World Economic Forum
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson underscored the need for improved defence capabilities in the face of a volatile security environment.
29 Jan. 2003
NATO begins accession talks with invitees
Seven invited countries have now formally begun accession talks to join the Alliance. This is the first of five main stages in the accession process.
30 Jan. 2003
Secretary General visits Finland
NATO’s transformation and its co-operation with partner country Finland were the main topics discussed during a two-day visit by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, 30-31 January.
30 Jan. 2003
Conference on Russia and the expanding Euro-Atlantic community
The relationship between Russia and the new members of the Euro-Atlantic community from Central and Eastern Europe was the focus of a NATO-sponsored conference held in Budapest from 30 January to 1 February.