The Commander of the Army’s Command for Training, Specialization and Doctrine (COMFORDOT), Lieutenant General Salvatore Camporeale visited the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence (NATO SFA COE)

On the 24th of February 2020, the COMFORDOT Commander accompanied by a representation of the Infantry School, visited the Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence.

The purpose of the visit was to offer to the Italian Army HQ for Specialization, Education and doctrine Commanding General an overall overview on activities of the NATO SFA COE and take in the situation concerning common projects and activities.

In fact, the meeting followed some activities that have already been started between the two organizations after the signing of the Technical Arrangement in June 2019 aimed at managing a synergic and specific collaboration, through the National SFA Section and the Post Conflict Operations Study Centre (PCOSC) both contributing to providing security and promoting stability in conflict and post-conflict scenarios.

The NATO SFA COE Director highlighted the current active cooperation with the two COMFORDOT entities’, in particular:

–  the exchange of Subject Matter Experts in International and National SFA Courses;

–  the cooperation in the IMRAC project, aimed at defining a program needed to educate and train a strategic advisor in accordance with international standards and  in which Italy is co-leader with the United States;

–  the collaboration in the revision of NATO doctrine regarding Security Force Assistance.

During the meeting, he also presented the NATO Advising Capability Programme, a programme with the aim to create a consistent and convincing “platform” that could support NATO and the whole Alliance in “advising missions” standardizing the criteria for Selection, Recruitment, Education and all the relevant aspects for the Advisors.

An ever stronger and deeper collaboration with COMFORDOT is enabling a continuous and intense opportunity of growth for both the military bodies in the development of skills, expertise and knowledge, giving an added value to all the SFA Community of Interest.

The visit ended with the signing of the Roll of Honour by the Lieutenant General Salvatore Camporeale.