NATO's Military Transformation: Q&A with General Palomeros
Atlantic-community.org invites you to participate in our Q&A session with the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. General Jean-Paul Paloméros leads NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT), which drives, facilitates, and advocates continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance NATO's military relevance and effectiveness. Submit your questions by Sunday, October 27, 2013 and get answers from one of the most senior military leaders.
UPDATE: The Supreme Allied Commander Transformation has responded to your questions. Read his answers.
Most NATO members have severely cut defence spending due to the financial crisis. To maintain security despite austerity, the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia (USA) helps NATO members -- and some partners -- to cooperate in developing, acquiring and maintaining military capabilities. The Smart Defence Initiative also promotes a new spirit of solidarity as well as a renewed culture of cooperation. This includes the pooling and sharing of capabilities, allowing Allies to allocate resources for military specializations in a cost effective manner. Moreover, ACT strengthens interoperability and the connections between NATO forces through joint exercises, education and training.
General Jean-Paul Paloméros has been Supreme Allied Commander Transformation since August 2012 and has previously served as France's Air Force Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2012. You can watch his exclusive video statement for atlantic-community.org about ACT, the Smart Defence Initiative, the Connected Forces Initiative, the NATO Response Force, and the NATO Defence Planning Process.
General Paloméros will now take your questions on these and related issues and NATO's military capabilities in general. This is an exciting opportunity for you to ask the hard questions, share your ideas, and hear directly from one of the most senior military leaders of the Alliance.
Here is how it works: Questions for the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation should be submitted to the editorial team via email to email@example.com by Sunday, October 27 at noon CET. Please include your full name, country of residence, and your professional or academic affiliation (optional). Questions should be short and precise so that we can get many of them across. The editorial team will present a broad range of the most interesting question to General Paloméros. We will then post his responses on atlantic-community.org with the opportunity for members to comment on them.
Atlantic Community has organized Q&As with senior NATO officials since 2009. Read and watch for instance Q&As with the Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, or with General Stéphane Abrial, the predecessor of General Paloméros as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
Atlantic Community is an open think tank with more than 7,500 members from around the world and connects senior decision-makers with students and professionals. If you are not yet a member, join for free by clicking on the button in the top right corner. Connect with your peers from around the world and debate the key issues in international affairs. We promote your policy ideas for transatlantic cooperation.