Among a busy schedule of visits, the seminar delegates came to JFC Brunssum to learn about the tasks and responsibilities of an operational NATO command and its role in European security policy.
The delegates first received an introduction by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, Major General Stefan Fix, German Army, followed by a series of informative briefings about the command.
A panel discussion with Maj Gen Fix and other representatives of the Headquarters focussed on the operational challenges JFC Brunssum faces, particularly in light of the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine. Maj Gen Fix underlined: “Such aggression underlines the need for a credible deterrence and for the Alliance to enhance our capabilities to defend the territory of all NATO members”
The seminar is named after the accomplished German politician Dr. Manfred Wörner, a former fighter pilot who served as both the Minister of Defence of West Germany (1982-1988) and then as the seventh Secretary General of NATO (1988-1994).
The Manfred-Wörner Seminar is conducted by the German Ministry of Defence and focusses on transatlantic security policy and dialogue. Started in 1982, twice a year the seminar brings together young executives from across Europe and North America to facilitate dialogue between nations whilst examining German and European security topics. The seminar is open to professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 who work in the fields of science, politics, military or trade & industry.