Updated: 05-Oct-2009 IMS News Release

25 Sept. 2009


Chairman of Military Committee addresses 56th Annual Conference of NATO Defense College Anciens

25 September 2009

“The military aspects of the new Strategic Concept” Speech by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Admiral Giampaolo di Paola at the NATO Defense College
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Admiral Di Paola delivers the Opening Speech at the 56th Annual Conference of Anciens (photo courtesy of NDC)

Rome, 25 September – Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola delivered the Opening Speech to the Anciens participating in the 56th Annual Conference of the NATO Defense College (NDC).

The 2009 Conference, entitled “From Washington to Lisbon – Towards a New Strategic Concept”, was dedicated to the ongoing discussions that will lead to the drafting of the Alliance’s new guiding document.

Amb. Bisogniero, Adm. Di Paola and LtGen Loeser unveil a plaque commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the new NDC building (photo courtesy of NDC)

The list of the speakers included H.E. Mr. Claudio Bisogniero, NATO Deputy Secretary-General, H.E. Mr Robert Hunter, Former US Ambassador to NATO, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, French Chief of Defence, H.E. Mr Zoltan Martinusz, Head of Directorate for the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EU Council) and H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of Munich Security Conference.

The plenary discussion that followed the speeches was once again an opportunity for a frank exchange of ideas about the Alliance’s nature and role, present and future.

Admiral DI Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and LtGen Wolf-Dieter Loeser, NDC Commandant, attend the flag raising ceremony that opened the Conference (photo courtesy of NDC)

The last Strategic Concept for the Alliance is dated 1999. The Alliance intends to produce a new document by the end of next year.

For more information on the Strategic Concept: www.nato.int/strategic-concept.

For matters related to the NATO Defense College event: www.ndc.nato.int

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