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An Analysis of the NATO Special Operations Transformation Initiative and the NATO Special Operations Coordination Centre

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Air War College -Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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General Jones 2006 comments, published in Joint Forces Quarterly reflected the consensus of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO heads of state at their November 2006 Summit in Riga, Latvia. At that summit, despite economic realities which limit funding for large conventional capabilities for many of its members, and faced with ongoing complex operations in Afghanistan, NATO agreed to improve its ability to coordinate and conduct special operations. To that end, the heads of state unanimously approved a NATO Special Operations Transformation Initiative with three stated goals first, to improve the representation of special operations expertise at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe SHAPE second to create a federation of special operations training centers, and third to create a coordination center for all NATO special operations activities.2 This agreement resulted in the creation of the NATO Special Operations Coordination Centre NSCC as a means to implement the desired transformation and to implement substantive changes to back the political proclamations at Riga.

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