Rome 21 July 2017. The NATO Defense College celebrated the graduation of Senior Course 130

Today, the NATO Defense College congratulated 54 high-ranking officers and governmental and diplomatic officials from 19 different NATO countries, on their successful completion of Senior Course 130.

The NDC Commandant, Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross (CAN F) welcomed a distinguished audience of Ambassadors and Military Attachés, alongside Italian civilian and military authorities.

During her speech, the Commandant congratulated the Course Members on having successfully completed five months of intensive and demanding study, including three very busy and engaging Field Study programs, where they visited a number of capitals and military headquarters from the Ministries of Defence of many Alliance member states and partner countries. The Commandant underlined the relevance of the insights acquired in discussing regional and world issues with authoritative speakers, from both the academic and professional spheres, and she took the opportunity to encourage the course members to continue in their professional military education.

The NDC was pleased to welcome Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander, U.S Naval Forces Europe, and Commander, U.S Naval Forces Africa, as the Ceremony’s Guest Speaker.  In her address to the graduated course, Admiral Howard shared her perspective and vision on the new NATO Strategic Direction South Hub and how this Hub will help to address current and future challenges – a topic of great interest to Course Members.

The Senior Course is the NDC’s main academic activity, and brings military and civilian executive level students together from allied and partner nations to learn about the Alliance and about each other. It is offered twice a year and encompasses several study topics of interest to NATO and Partner nations – these include, amongst others, sessions on NATO, developing technology, regional studies and consensus building exercises.

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