Updated: 05-Dec-2003 November 2003

3 Nov 2003
New missions require more usable forces says NATO Secretary General
Speaking in Berlin during a farewell visit on 3 November Lord Robertson said that NATO's taking on of new missions has highlighted the shortfall in rapidly deployable forces.
3 Nov 2003
Exercise Allied Action tests Joint Task Force deployment
Allied Action 2003, a NATO exercise taking place in Istanbul from 3 to 18 November will test NATO's ability to rapidly plan and launch a multinational crisis response operation.
3 Nov 2003
Crisis management exercise
The main training event of the year - Exercise ARRCADE FUSION 2003 - of the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) started on 3 November.
3 Nov 2003
International rescue and relief operations
A command, control and coordination course on international rescue and relief operations was held in Skövde, Sweden, 3-14 November.
3 Nov 2003
Regional cooperation in action
A regional course on civil emergency planning (CEP) and civil-military co-operation (CIMIC) was held in Ankara, Turkey, 3-7 November.
4-9 Nov 2003
The ATA holds its 49th General Assembly
From 4 to 9 November, delegates attending the Atlantic Treaty Association's (ATA) 49th General Assembly in Edinburgh debated issues around the theme: "After Iraq - a new Transatlantic Consensus? NATO at a crossroads".
5-6 Nov 2003
Secretary General addresses OSCE Council in Vienna
Photo: OSCE/Alex Nitzsche
Speaking at the OSCE Permanent Council during his farewell visit to Vienna, 5-6 November, Lord Robertson said cooperation between NATO and OSCE is “a strategic imperative – today more than ever before.
6-7 Nov 2003
Armaments Directors hold biannual meeting
The Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) - the representatives responsible for armaments cooperation - met for their biannual meeting on 6-7 November at NATO HQ.
6-7 Nov 2003
Progress of Ukraine’s reform efforts reviewed
Two senior NATO bodies, the Political Committee and the Political-Military Steering Committee, visited Ukraine on 6 and 7 November to review progress in implementing the NATO-Ukraine Annual Target Plan for 2003.
6-7 Nov 2003
Addressing civil emergency planning issues
The further improvement of civil preparedness for possible terrorist attacks with chemical, biological or radiological weapons against civilian populations was the main topic of the semi-annual meeting of the Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee.
11-13 Nov 2003
Lord Robertson receives highest US civilian award

Photo: Reuters/Larry Downing

Saying that NATO was the most successful alliance in history President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lord Robertson during the Secretary General's farewell visit to the US, 11-13 November.

11-13 Nov 2003
Training, education and interoperability

Representatives from NATO's nine PfP Training Centres, together with other participants, met for the fourth annual PfP training and education institutions commandants' conference, at the Defence Training Centre Poljce in Slovenia, 11-13 November.

12 Nov 2003
NATO Science Programme changes course and name

Following agreement in principle by the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s top decision-making body, on 17 October, a new programme for NATO support of civil science has been launched today.

12-13 Nov 2003
Chiefs of Defence Staff discuss current issues
Over two days, 12-13 November, Chiefs of Defence Staff (CHODS) from NATO and partner countries met within the framework of the Military Committee to discuss the military, and often practical, aspects of issues on NATO's current agenda.
16-26 Nov 2003
NATO and partner countries exercise joint operations
Cooperative Associate, a NATO-led exercise being held in Sofia, 16-26 November, will test NATO and partner countries ability to command joint peace support operations.
17 Nov 2003
Kosovo must be multi-ethnic says NATO Secretary General
During a one-day farewell visit on 17 November, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson called on Albanian and Serb leaders to work together for a multi-ethnic Kosovo.
19 Nov 2003
First joint NATO-EU crisis management exercise
The European Union and NATO will rehearse the launching of an EU-led operation with NATO support and assets during their first joint crisis management exercise, 19-25 November.
19 Nov 2003
Appointment of NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan
The NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Hikmet Çetin of Turkey to the position of NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan.
19 Nov 2003
Lord Robertson visits France
As part of his farewell tour of NATO and partner countries, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson visited Paris on 19 November 2003.
20 Nov 2003
Workshop examines strategies for effective public diplomacy
Experts, diplomats and NATO public diplomacy staff discussed ways of effectively communicating the Alliance's policies to the public at a NATO workshop in Brussels on 20 November.
21 Nov 2003
Response Force demonstrates capability in first exercise
The first elements of NATO's new Response Force (NRF) demonstrated their capabilities in a mock crisis response operation held in Turkey on 20 November.
21 Nov 2003
Organizations must work together to defeat terror says Robertson
On a visit to Spain and Portugal on 21 November, the NATO Secretary General said the attacks in Istanbul highlighted the need for more cooperation between international organisations in fighting terrorism.
25 Nov - 2 Dec 2003
Exercise Cooperative Support 2003

Salzburg, Austria, is currently hosting a NATO exercise - Exercise Cooperative Support 2003.

26 Nov 2003
Launch of NATO Multinational CBRN Defence Battalion
On Monday, December 1, another significant step in NATO's military transformation takes place when the Alliance's new Multinational Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Battalion achieves its Initial Operational Capability.
26 Nov 2003
Developing information policies in Ukraine
The third part of a series of four seminars on education and NATO-related issues took place in Odessa on 26 November 2003, at the Odessan Military Institute of Land Forces.
26-27 Nov 2003
Lord Robertson discusses future cooperation in Belgrade and Sarajevo
On the first ever visit by a NATO Secretary General to Belgrade, 26-27 November, Lord Robertson said NATO and Serbia must put past behind and called for the handover of war criminals.