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NATO Cultivates Bellicose Yuppie Elites For 21st Century Wars

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Transformation

March 27, 203

Young Professionals Bring Fresh, New Perspectives to NATO at YP Day
Written by ACT PAO

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“The ultimate goal of this work will be identifying security implications to support future operations and translating them, smartly into real, relevant and credible capabilities.”

“Where talent, motivation and youth meet, the sky’s the limit. Today you have not embarked on a leisure cruise. Today you are active crew members to ACT’s transformation.”

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Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

There are not many organisations that will dedicate an entire day to young leaders of tomorrow and ask them to help find solutions to challenges that could profoundly impact the lives of millions – but not every organisation advocates for continuous improvement in an Alliance of 28 different nations like ACT.

Allied Command Transformation (ACT), along with the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), hosted its annual Young Professionals (YP) Day 2013 at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. March 26, to bring a diverse group of university students and young professionals together to provide new perspectives on issues that drive NATO’s future Transformation.

During the day-long event, young professionals analysed challenges and opportunities inherent in four potential future scenarios for the Alliance. They were then assembled in four working groups, guided by mentors from ACT and other organisations, to formulate their own ideas for taking on these challenges. Ultimately, the discussion generated by these young people will help shape the future of the Alliance and ensure that NATO remains a capable and adaptable military force.

Among NATO leaders in attendance were Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in NATO and U.S. Army Major General Peter Bayer, ACT Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Plans and Policy who gave opening and introductory remarks – and French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), who delivered the keynote address to more than one hundred attendees.

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French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros

Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović told the young professionals “you are not only the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of today.”

“This gathering of promising, talented young professionals is all the more meaningful to me,” said General Paloméros. “Where talent, motivation and youth meet, the sky’s the limit. Today you have not embarked on a leisure cruise. Today you are active crew members to ACT’s transformation.”

General Paloméros also discussed NATO’s current and ever-changing security environment, making clear to the young professionals their agenda for the day.

“Within our ambitious strategic concept, we still need to solve our security equation,” he continued. “This is what you have been asked to do. You, we in ACT, the Alliance, need to find the best way to match the security requirement.”

“The ultimate goal of this work will be identifying security implications to support future operations and translating them, smartly into real, relevant and credible capabilities.”

The future security requirement depends on continuous strategic dialogue and a shared perspective of challenges the Alliance will face in the long term. That realisation wasn’t lost among the young professionals.

“The need for prioritising the threats and risks the Alliance might have to face in the future and determining what could be NATO’s role in addressing these challenges appeared to me as a crucial issue,” said Jean Heilbronn, one of the young professionals. “It is not enough to simply present what the future may hold. We also have to take the risk of assessing and giving estimates of probable evolutions in order to foster pro-active change and transformation.”

After lengthy discussions examining relevant drivers and developing trends that will shape the future security and operating environment for NATO in 2030 and beyond, the working groups reassembled to provide their solutions to each other, their mentors, and ACT strategic analysts including Major General Bayer, who was impressed with the outcome.

“Anyway you look at the future, it is dangerous, complex and fast,” said Bayer. “What I saw here today makes me optimistic about the future. I saw energy and commitment and I thank you for that.”

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  1. anonymous
    March 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    If the consequences of this folly and waste of youth were not so
    devastating to the world one might even laugh…sigh.

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