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NATO 2020: Train, Support, Combat (June 2013)


„NATO 2020: TRAIN, SUPPORT, COMBAT“

Accompanying Conference of the

„Capable Logistician 2013“ Exercise

June 20, 2013, Sielnica

1. INTRODUCTION: EXCERCISE “Capable Logistician 2013”

Capable Logistician 2013 is a unique exercise that will be organised by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) and hosted by the Slovak Republic on June 3 – 28, 2013. The MLCC is an International Military Organisation based in the Czech Republic whose vision is to build and/or enhance logistics capabilities, reduce logistic shortfalls and costs of the MLCC Members and Non-Members by providing multinational solutions for the logistics of their forces.

For NATO member and partner countries, Capable Logistician 2013 is the utmost exercise in the particular area of logistics for almost a decade, since the last „Collective Effort“ exercise was organisedin Czech Republic in 2004. The exercise will thoroughly examine logistics´standards and interoperability of NATO and partner countries in 15 basic functional areas of logistics and the scenario has been set up accordingly. Capable Logistician 2013 is based on a fiction of conflict between two countries, while the UN Security Council asked NATO to intervene into the region subjected. Countries during the exercise will have to react to simulated natural disaster that will be followed by humanitarian  assistance.

Highlights of the excercise:

  • 34 NATO Member and Partner countries represented
  • 1500 – 1700 troops participating
  • 400 pieces of military devices deployed
  • organised in 3 different military institutions of the Slovak Republic: Military Training Centre in Lešť, Air Forces Command in Sliač and the Training and Kynology Center of the Military Police in Hronsek- Vlkanová
  • 15 areas of multinational cooperation in logistics (munition, fuel, water supply, etc.) examined
  • presence of NATO Headquarters and NATO Military Committee leadership
  • The core of the exercise „Capable Logistician 2013“ will take place on June 17- 21, 2012, in a Military Training Centre in Lešť, Central Part of Slovak Republic. Special part will be the Distinguished Visitor Day on June 20, 2013, which will welcome the NATO Secretary General, NATO Military Committee leadership, management of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic and other high profile military and politicial figures from Slovakia and abroad.

2. CONFERENCE: “NATO 2020: Train, Support, Combat”

On the day of the Distinguished Visitor Day, Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA) will seize presence of prominent guests in Slovakia to convene a unique politico- military conference called „NATO 2020: Train, Support, Combat“ on June 20, 2013, in Sielnica.

The Conference „NATO 2020: Train, Support, Combat“ will reflect main issues of Capable Logistician 2013: defense of energy supplies, impact of Aghan re-deployment on NATO´s cooperation in logistics, concepts of Smart Defense, Smart Energy, Connected Forces Initiative and comprehensive approach to energy security.

Since the extensive, almost three-week long exercise Capable Logistician 2013 will bring together military, political and business leaders from Slovakia and abroad, CENAA will also thoroughly support networking opportunities and exceptional media coverage of this extraordinary conference.

Speakers&Participation:

  • NATO Headquarters and NATO Military Committee Leadership
  • Representatives of the Government of the Slovak Republic
  • Military leaders from the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
  • Members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (Parliament)
  • Diplomatic Representatives accredited in Slovak Republic and V4
  • Worldwide renowned experts on energy security
  • Academia Representatives and journalists
  • Business leaders from Slovakia and abroad

Agenda of the conference:

  • During the two day conference, speakers and participants will have a chance to both formally and informally discuss 4 main areas of concern that also form the pillars of program of the exercise Capable Logistician 2013.
  • These areas will not only cover 15 basic areas of logistics, they also wrap up fundamental politico- strategic issues of energy security and related defense issues. The agenda of the conference will be split up into:

I. Panel Discussion: Train, Support, Combat: NATO´s 2020 Harmonic Triangle

Both Afghanistan and Libya have proven serious shortcomings when it comes to providing for real logistical support from European Allies for NATO´s large-scale operations. On the other hand, lessons learned also show a demonstrated indispensable role and value of the Alliance´s partners. Towards 2020, NATO and its members will perfect tasks of national crisis management, training and support functions.

Key theses:

1.      Are the Armed Forces ready to meet requirements that would fit the warfare of the 21st century?

2.      What will be the added value and impact of military logistics for the Armed Forces? What is the current status and future plans concerning communication and information systems?

II. Panel Discussion: Afghan Smart Re- Deployment: Logistics Matters

After a decade of military campaign, NATO member and partner countries will withdraw most of their troops from Afganistan. The withdrawal will represent an immense burden not only for ISAF countries, but also countries neighboring Afghanistan.

Key theses:

1.      ISAF and Unified Protector operations have proven critical importance of niche capabilities when it comes to participating in operation that could last for months. Have lessons learned from NATO´s recent operations been capitalised so far?

2.      What will be the engagement of NATO partners in Afghan re-deployment towards 2014 and beyond?

III. Panel Discussion: V4 EU Battle Group 2016: Run Up to V4 NRF 2020?

Each crisis provides for an opportunity: V4 Chiefs of Defense will have a unique opportunity to discuss state of preparations of V4 EU Battle Group (BG), agreed upon in Levoča, Slovakia, in May 2011, to be ready by 2016. The V4 BG represents a concrete example and contribution of Central Europe to concepts of Pooling and Sharing and Smart Defense.

Key theses:

1.      Can we expect an exact contribution of V4 BG´s creation for a perspective of establishing V4 NATO Response Force by 2020?

2.      What would be the costs and benefits of this effort? How realistic is the concept of a common V4 NRF?

IV. Panel Discussion: Defense of Energy Supplies: Comprehensive Approach

Among the prominent interests of the Alliance, Heads of States and Governments at Lisbon Summit 2010 in the New Strategic Concept identified energy security and constant flow of sources as one of the major new security threats recently. Several complications with delivery and transit of energy caused that the energy security has become one of the pillars of both NATO´s and national security and sovereignty.

Key theses:

1. What logistical support do we specifically need for modern expeditionary international crisis management operations and missions?

2.      What are the expectations of NATO and its member countries for partners and vice-versa regarding energy security?

V. Panel Discussion: Middle-Size States´ Logistics and Connected Forces  Initiative

State´s defense support should be developed as an organic part of the defense system through defense planning. Defense departments coordinate preparation and fulfillment of defense tasks with other ministries and state´s central institutions, in areas of transport, communication / information systems, energy and crisis management.

Key theses:

1.      How will the Connected Forces Initiative affect military logistics´s planning and / or in which time period?

2.     What could be the likely evolution of military logistics so that it would be coordinated (both within the State and the Alliance), realistic and financially sustainable?

VI. Panel Discussion: Energy, Technologies, Environment: On the Way to Divorce?

The aim of the defense support is also to ensure an operational preparation of the territory and an ability of components of state´s defense system to provide for necessary services for both territory´s defense and national and international crisis management. Defense support can be energy- demanding and cause long-lasting effects on environment.

Key theses:

1.      Do we in NATO member / partner countries have military Technologies, both effective in the theatre and energy-saving?

2.      Can we speak about birth of Smart Energy in operations already? To what extent we have Smart Defense in practice when in terms of environmentally- friendly technologies?

 

For further information or interest in participation please do not hesitate to contact us on monika.masarikova@cenaa.org.

 

Conference program

 

Logistics:

The conference will be held in a large hotel & spa resort Kaskády****, in the famous spa town of Sliač, in the heart of Slovakia. The area is known for its thermal springs.