On invitation of Headquarters Allied Command Transformation, NATO's Military Committee visited the Joint Warfare Centre on 17 June 2009. The visit is part of the Committee's annual visit schedule, which is designed to enable the Committee to receive detailed updates on activities of NATO commands as well as its wider agenda.
During the visit, the Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Italian Navy, and Committee representatives from all 28 NATO Nations were briefed by Lieutenant General Wolfgang Korte, German Army, Commander JWC, on the Centre's mission. Later they observed the execution of the JWC-led ISAF pre-deployment training event.
On the second part of the visit, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Admiral Luciano Zappata, Italian Navy, covered key transformational issues for HQ SACT. He provided the Chairman and the Committee representatives updated information on a wide array of topics, including future security conflicts and required capabilities; NATO's joint training program, as well as an in-depth analysis of NATO's Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) training and recent advances in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) training capabilities.
The Military Committee also had an informal discussion on education, training and exercises focused on today's operational requirements. In this regard, NATO's Multiple Future's Project and the Education, Training , Exercises and Evaluation Study conducted by HQ SACT were selected as valuable tools for framing discussions on one of the key issues during the visit: how new technology can improve and better support education, training and exercises.
Admiral Di Paola, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, emphasized the importance of these demonstrations to NATO's Military Representatives in contributing to their understanding of the requirements, evolution and implementation of new technologies in future and ongoing military operations.