A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's

Multinational hubs of innovation tackle security threats.

NATO Centres of Excellence

January 2013, Number 04.01

“NATO began developing Centres of Excellence (COE) in Europe and the U.S. in 2005 with the goal of creating specialized intellectual centers that would address critical security shortfall areas among NATO member countries. Today,18 COEs provide a broad scope of work along four main pillars: Analysis and Lessons Learned, Concept Development & Experimentation, Education and Training, and Doctrine Development and Standards. Three more COEs are in the accreditation process.

The innovative multinational partnerships have achieved success. Each center specializes in a precise subject matter area and is home to experts within that field. Funding is either national or multinational, and although the centers cooperate closely with the Alliance, they are not part of the NATO command structure. The Allied Command Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia, coordinates the COEs...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “NATO Centres of Excellence,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 1, 2013: 40-41.

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