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  • Last updated: 27 Feb. 2017 17:00

NATO Defense College Mission

In response to Strategic Guidance issued to the NATO Defense College (NDC) by the North Atlantic Council and the Military Committee (MC123/9), The Mission of the NATO Defense College is to:

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  • The mission of the NDC is to contribute to the effectiveness and cohesion of the Alliance by developing its role as a major centre of education, outreach and research on transatlantic security issues.

  • To foster forward and creative strategic thinking on the key issues facing the Alliance, the NDC:
    1. Provides senior-level education and brings together senior-level military and civilian officials to interact on NATO issues in a unique, diverse and multicultural setting while cultivating multi-national consensus-building and providing opportunities for multinational networking;
    2. Engages in comprehensive outreach in support of Alliance strategic objectives;
    3. Conducts strategic security studies and research in support of the Alliance's wider goals.

  • The scope of activities is to include:
    1. The Alliance's shared values and interests, current and prospective missions, politico-military concepts, policies, organization and working methods;
    2. The potential risks to the security of the Alliance and its members;
    3. NATO's transformation, including defence planning and resource management;
    4. The political, security, defence and socio-economic systems and interests of the Allies and their co-operation partners; their capabilities, limitations and prospects in international relations, particularly in the fields of defence and security; and their cultural diversity;
    5. The role of, and interaction with, other key security-related international organizations;
    6. Cooperation and regional security efforts of the Alliance;
    7. Academic research, policy support and discussions on security issues;
    8. Practice in the English and French languages;
    9. The involvement of Partnership for Peace (PfP), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), and Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) countries, as well as those partners across the Globe (PatG)1 with a partnership programme with NATO;
    10. Cooperation with other similar NATO and NATO nations' national military and civilian education and research institutions and think-tanks, as well as with institutions from partners, Non-NATO entities (NNEs)2, private companies, universities, think-tanks and other academic bodies.

1 Within this document, “partners” refers to Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) countries, as well as those partners across the globe (PatG) with a partnership programme with NATO, unless otherwise stated.

2 In accordance with MC 0458/3, NNEs include International Organizations (IO), Governmental Organizations (GO) of non-NATO nations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), Non-NATO Multinational forces, Host Nations (when the host nation is not a NATO nation), Contractors on operations, exercises and transformational activities, and Non-NATO countries that do not meet the “partners” criteria as defined in footnote 1.