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Symposium 2011 in August : Afghanistan and Piracy at Sea

The main focus of CIOR’s Symposium will this year be on the Transition in Afghanistan and how to deal with the Piracy problem off the coast of Africa. The Cyber Warfare will also be covered by one of the speakers this year.

Each section of the Symposium will be introduced through profiled and competent speakers, followed by a panel discussion with 3-4 participants. By conducting a panel discussion the different point of views can be displayed from different angles on these important issues.

In addition to the focus on Afghanistan and Piracy, one of the aims of this year’s Symposium held 3 August in Warsaw, is to set the stage for next year's Congress in Copenhagen by presenting a lecture on the issues of Cyber Warfare as a lead-in to one of the main topics in 2012.

Opening lectures

The two opening lectures will be given by the Chief of Defence in the host country, General Mieczysław Cieniuch (POL), on the topic “The Polish Armed Forces transformation in light of its professionalisation and creation of the National Reserve Forces” and Vice Admiral Carol Pottenger (US-N), Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development at NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia (US) on “NATO’s new Strategic Concept”. SACT is a NATO military command, which was formed in 2003 after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation restructuring. It is intended to lead military transformation of alliance forces and capabilities, using new concepts such as the NATO Response Force and new doctrines in order to improve the alliance's military effectiveness.

Closing lecture

The Symposium will be closed with a speech by General Sverre Diesen (NOR), recently retired Chief of Defence in Norway on “Consequences of success or failure in NATO’s missions: now and in the future”.

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