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Stephen J. Mariano, Ph.D.


  • Last updated: 14 May. 2021 20:42

Hello Friends, Allies, Partners, Anciens, Alumni, and future NATO Defense College (NDC) Course Members!

Stephen J. Mariano, Ph.D.

Sorry to have been a bit quiet on the webpage but it’s great to be back at the College with 100% of the Senior Course in residence! COVID-19 conditions have improved and fingers crossed that it lasts. The team here is gradually receiving vaccines and we are even planning to venture out of the College for some mini-Field Studies. One is a day-trip to Pratica Di Mare airbase south of Rome, and another is a staff ride to Montecassino, the site of a grueling World War II battle.

We also wanted to remind you that the latest edition of Vox Collegii is now available online and it’s full of updates from the last eight months. I encourage you to check it out and see what the College, our Faculty, Staff, Course Members, Anciens, and Alumni have been up to.

One big piece of news is setting a date for the 68th Annual Anciens' Conference and Seminar and the NATO Defense College 70th Anniversary on 18-20 November 2021. It’s a little later in the year than usual, in part because the anniversary is timed to coincide with the start of Senior Course 1 in Paris on November 18th, 1951, and in part because we have coordinated our celebrations with Allied Command Transformation, who is organizing the NATO Industry Forum, which will also be held in Rome, just before our celebration. Hope to see many of you here!

The other big announcement is that the Military Committee approved a new direction and guidance document for the NATO Defense College, on 30 April 2021. The almost-famous MC 123 is now in its tenth iteration and includes several important changes. The Military Committee gave us a slightly adapted mission statement that underscores education as the primary task of the College. The new guidance document also describes our engagements with NATO entities and NATO partners in a more coherent way.  It emphasizes E-learning and provides the College with increased freedom to experiment with new audiences, new courses, and new technologies.

Finally, if the COVID conditions stay the same or improve, we will return to our in-residence models for the Modular Short Courses and our Generals, Flag Officers, and Ambassadors’ Courses this summer. We hope to see you here for one of those and hope you enjoy this edition of Vox Collegii. Please take some time to click on the webpage and scroll through on our social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, for details. Likes and Thumbs Up 👍 are always welcome. We do our best to keep you informed but if there’s something you’d like to learn more about, please let us know at !

Stephen J. Mariano, Ph.D.
Dean, NATO Defense College

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