51st NATO Conference of Commandants 

The 51st NATO Defense College (NDC) Conference of Commandants titled “Resilience, New Challenges, New Domains” is held from 17th to 19th May in Hamburg, Germany. It is the key academic event of the Alliance shaping strategic level education with the focus on NATO and partner nations’ Professional Military Education organizations. This edition of the Conference is co-organized by NDC and the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr as the host organization. Therefore, it is co-chaired by Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann (FRA NDC), the Commandant of NDC, and Major General Oliver Kohl (DEU A), the Commandant of Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr.

The conference was inaugurated by a lecture delivered by Brigadier General Ilmars A. Lejins, the Assistant Chief of Staff, Joint Force Development, at HQ SACT. The lecture was titled “Right People, Right Skills (RPRS) as an enabler of Future Leaders and Warfighters” shaping the overall focus of future activities. So, it has been followed by a sequence of lectures and syndicate discussions including a Card Game presented and practiced under the leadership of the Führungsakademie faculty.  

The Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) was represented by Commandant Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm (EST A) and Dean Dr Zdzislaw Sliwa who actively participated in plenary sessions and syndicate discussions. Moreover, Ambassador Shota Gvineria briefed about cyber resilience during a plenary session.  

The Conference of Commandants is NDC’s annual event to underpin the NDC mission to contribute to the effectiveness and cohesion of the Alliance by developing its role as a major center of education, outreach, and research on transatlantic security issues.  

At the conclusion of the conference Brigadier General Tamm invited participants to the 52nd NATO Conference of Commandants, which will be conducted in Tallinn, Estonia. The NDC will organize it in cooperation with BALTDEFCOL. To facilitate this academic event BG Tamm provided a briefing familiarizing the audience with BALTDEFCOL, and its role in educating officers and civil servants from NATO, Partnership for Peace, and partner nations at operational and strategic levels. It was followed by a presentation on the city of Tallinn the capital city of Estonia.


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