GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - A workshop focused on terrorist use of a weapon of mass destruction brought U.S. and European partners together in Garmisch.
Members of the National Guard's State Partnership Program brought 43 people on 14 teams together for the workshop on the role of military in crisis and consequence management, Sept. 24-28, in an effort to foster increased cooperation and understanding between the countries and their state National Guard partners.
Participants developed a better view of the challenges presented by a difficult WMD scenario and the work helped improve the personal relationships between partners. The teams were encouraged to continue these relationships and to integrate the lessons learned into future partnership activities. A number of suggestions for future SPP support programs were developed.
In addition to the scenario, participants heard briefings on emerging issues of defense support to civil authority, the DOD domestic operations policy, fundamentals of crisis management, consequence management and more. The director of the Bulgarian NATO for Crisis Management for Disaster Response Center of Excellence, Colonel Professor Mitko Stoykov, Dr.Sc., also gave a presentation to participants.
Partnership states and countries were Albania/N.J., Armenia/Kan., Azerbaijan/Okla., Bulgaria/Tenn., Croatia/Minn., Kosovo/Iowa, Latvia/Mich., Lithuania/Pa., Macedonia/Vt., Moldova/N.C., Montenegro/Maine, Poland/Ill., Slovakia/ Ind., Ukraine/Calif. Other participants included representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. European Command, the National Guard Bureau, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Army Europe, the Polish Ministry of Interior and the Bulgarian Crisis Management for Disaster Responce Centre of Excellence.