Today, 4 June, within the scope of the NATO Strategic Communications (StratCom) Conference, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jānis Sārts introduced Latvia’s initiative to establish the NATO Centre of Excellence for Strategic Communication in Riga that was assessed by the experts as a significant contribution to strengthening NATO capabilities.
J. Sārts emphasised: “In this changing communications environment it is essential to have an istutution capable to search for solutions on how NATO should react to the increasing challenges of the information space, helping to implement a unified Alliance policy more successfully.”
“It is necessary to create a centre that is capable of performing a constant analysis about contemporary communication environment and technologies influencing political processes, as well as forming further NATO policy and strategic planning by gathering the experience and lessons learned,” J. Sārts pointed out.
“The Baltic States have already proved in practice, that joint projects may be successfully implemented by collaborating, therefore, the involvement of the NATO member states may become an example of such a practice also for the building of the StratCom Centre of Excellence.”
In his speech, the State Secretary accented Latvia’s current efforts towards ensuring that the centre would start operating already in the second half of 2014. In the end of May, the Government of Latvia has also expressed it’s support to the idea of creation of such a centre.
During the conference experts offered their suggestions regarding the topical issues which should be included in the agenda of StratCom Centre of Excellence. Experts see the Centre of Excellence as a possibility to exchange and enrich the experience, as well as an excellent example of smart defence and a prospectively important player in supplementing joint NATO capabilities and improvement of knowledge.
As reported, from 4 to 6 June, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) organises StratCom Conference in Latvia. The main goal of the conference is to discuss the improvement of NATO StratCom capabilities to support the operations, tasks and activities implemented by the Alliance. The conference, organised by SHAPE, is one of the leading NATO StratCom events towards strengthening collaboration, promotion of progress and setting forth future goals.