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EDWG Brussels Jan2014

Dayton presents the curriculum to Jean d’Andurain, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO headquarters international staff Jan 9 in Brussels. Dayton is joined by several others who helped bring the document to life, including PfPC Director Dr. Raphael Perl (third from right). (Courtesy photo)

BRUSSELS – A newly created curriculum to help train noncommissioned officers within NATO and partner countries was delivered by the Partnership for Peace Consortium at a meeting Jan. 9 in Brussels.

Retired Lt. Gen. Keith W. Dayton, chairman of the Senior Advisory Council of the PfPC and director of the joint US-German George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch; Dr. Raphael Perl, PfPC and other leaders presented the 170-page document to NATO's Political and Partnerships Committee, a group of over 50 deputies of the various missions to NATO, including those of the Partnership for Peace countries. It is the single politico-military committee responsible for all NATO’s outreach programs with non-member countries.

Representatives from 16 nations spoke, many stressing that education and curriculum are “core to interoperability and capacity building.” According to officials, the curriculum is intended to give partner nations a starting point for developing their own professional military education program that works with NATO and others. NATO officially adopted a similar curriculum for officers also worked on by the PfPC’s Education Development Working Group.

“Education is perhaps the best investment one can make, whether for our children or our societies as a whole. Products like this represent a common sense and enlightened approach to defense education enhancement within the framework of democratic values,” Dayton said.

John Kane, international program manager and one of the people spearheading the effort on the curriculum’s development, talked about the document's intent.

“The PfPC Reference Curriculum concept is intended to give partner nations a starting point from which to tailor their own PME programs; one that is interoperable with NATO and the West, and facilitates development of graduates who embody the values of liberty, democracy, and rule of law in the spirit of the Partnership for Peace,” Kane said.

The document is available on the PfPC web site.