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State Secretary for Defense at Allied Command Transformation

Chisinau, December 19, 2014 — State Secretary for Defense, Aurel Fondos, attended the annual chiefs of transformation conference, conducted by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT), within December 16-18, in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

The event aimed at sharing best practices and identifying new areas of cooperation among NATO member and partner states.

About 300 participants in the conference discussed transformation issues and progress of the ACT projects implementation.

Therefore, special attention was paid to NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative and Smart Defense.

Connected Forces Initiative highlights the experience of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), within which the allies and partners reached a higher level of interoperability and integration of capabilities. In this sense, NATO expressed the desire to continue and expand this format.

Smart Defense is dictated by the financial austerities and the need to reduce duplication of resources among allies and partners in developing defense capabilities. The joint effort and funds in projects development will lower the costs.

Also, the conference agenda covered for the first time, the progress of Defense Capacity Building Initiative and Interoperability Platform, adopted in September, within the NATO Wales Summit.

Defense Capacity Building Initiative supports the assessment of our defense capabilities and identifies areas to be developed in the future. The Interoperability Platform refers to the education and training area.

The participants also identified means to establish closer ties between NATO and its partners.

The Chiefs of Transformation Conference is a yearly event conducted by NATO Allied Command Transformation since 2006.


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