Jean D'Andurain, officer, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO HQ International Staff, addresses participants about the history of the clearing house and his vision for the future.
By Yvonne Levardi
Chief of Public Affairs
A focus on improving professional military education brought multinational participants together in Brussels, Belgium.
Fifty-four representatives from 17 nations met Sept. 13-14 at NATO Headquarters for the event, "Clearing House on Defence Education" to discuss opportunities to support NATO Partner nations in their efforts to improve and westernize professional military education programs.
The Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes' Defense Education Enhancement Program connects senior educators from NATO nations withj their counterparts with the aim of enhancing educational curricula and learning methods.
Throughout the event, representatives from defense education institutions that currently support or want to explore opportunities to participate in partner education efforts met with representatives from the consortium. The event was open to allied countries as well as Austria, Ireland, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
This is the first NATO meeting focused on support for the education enhancement program. The clearing house will serve as a forum to inform institutions and countries about the education program that NATO conducts with partners and affiliated institutions such as the consortium and the Marshall Center.
"This is a milestone meeting," Jaroslaw Skonieczka, NATO's representative to the consortium's governing board. "The (consortium) and the GCMC have much to offer here in terms of expertise and program implementation.
The event was hosted by the US, Romania and Spain, with NATO Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, with support by the international Military Staff and Allied Command Transformation.