Air Marshal Stacey Visits Nato’s Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence

Dec 11, 2014
Air Marshal Graham Stacey, Deputy Commander JFC Brunssum, visited the Alliance’s Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) 04 December, in The Hague.
Following an office call with the Deputy Director, Colonel Martin Braterschofsky, Air Marshal Stacey was briefed on the roles, responsibilities and challenges confronting the CCOE.  Drawing upon extensive practical mission experience and clear opinion with regard to the relationship between theory and practice, he tabled insightful questions, challenged the briefers and initiated informed discussion on the future of Civil Military Interaction (CMI) and Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC).

After the briefing CCOE staff, joined by students of the NATO CIMIC Higher Command Course, attended a short lecture by the Air Marshal.  An engaging speaker, the Deputy Commander touched upon CIMIC lessons learned from Afghanistan and other missions that repeatedly emphasize the importance of civil military interaction.  In a thoroughly interactive session with a lively audience the Air Marshal reaffirmed his support for civil-military cooperation stating: ‘… it is a precondition for mission success.”

Story by CCOE PAO


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