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NATO’s DSACEUR : Use of Reserves is a critical element of deployed forces

At a time of continuing profound change to the security environment of the Alliance, the spectrum of missions which NATO faces is more wide-ranging and challenging than ever.  Within this spectrum, the use of Reserves is a critical element of deployed forces in all environments, the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), General Sir John McColl, told CIOR delegated in his speech at the Mid-Winter meeting.

“Therefore, the overall readiness of the Alliance is derived not only from the readiness of the active forces, but also from the availability and readiness of their Reserves.  The availability of Reserves, whether for NATO missions or for their periodic training, depends heavily upon national policy, legislation and societal factors such as the encouragement and assistance of the family, the community and the employer whose support and assistance are vital”, General Sir John McColl continued in his speech.
DSACEUR then continued; “I know that I speak on behalf of SACEUR when I say NATO is most grateful to have organisations like the CIOR and the CIOMR.  Not only to be a strong voice for over one million reservists but also to provide advice and support on Reserve issues to NATO and foster the professional development of reserve officers.”

Interoperability amongst reserve forces

In the speech the General also talked about the expertise of the reserve officers bring; “NATO needs not only for the expertise that you bring, but also to promote and enhance cooperation and interoperability amongst reserve forces within the Alliance and its partners and as a contributor to transformation for the future”.

Read the speech here: (See the attachment below DSACEUR'S SPEAKING NOTES)

The CIOR President: The role of reservists will change

Captain (R), Royal Norwegian Navy, Jon Erling Tenvik addressed the challenges ahead for CIOR in his opening remarks to the Mid-Winter Meeting; “These are testing times; there is political instability in a number of countries relevant to NATO’s Area of Interest. Our member nations’ armed forces are engaged in military operations in Afghanistan on the 11th year, the situation in North Africa and the Middle East is of great importance to us, piracy is posing a real threat to the safe passage of mariners off the coast of Africa and NATO still has an important role to play in the Balkan Region. Additionally, the OECD countries are only now slowly recovering from the financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn that emerged in 2008–2009”
“The combination of a large and diverse portfolio of military operations and tougher budgetary constraints in the member countries has led to a new round of national military reviews. NATO has defined its new strategy; the changes are in the process of being implemented. NATO’s organisation and Command Structure is following next. In this situation the role of reservists will change and so will CIOR. The English political philosopher Edmund Burke used to say: “You have to change in order to preserve” For CIOR that means that we as an organisation will have to change in order to stay strong and relevant. What kind of changes that entails are among the issues to be discussed during the next few days”, the CIOR President concluded in his opening remarks at the meeting that took place in Brussels at the NATO HQ in February. 
Read the Opening Remarks here : (See the attachment below OPENING REMARKS)

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