A new Special Operations HQ for NATO

I had missed that last November, sorry if it is a re-post…

Groundbreaking ceremony for NATO Special Operations Headquarters

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A groundbreaking ceremony for the future home for the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) was conducted Monday 29th November 2010 at SHAPE. The future facility will provide operational support, training and headquarters facilities for NSHQ, previously known as the Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre.

This event followed the formal standing-up of NSHQ held on the 22nd of November. During that event, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Admiral James Stavridis, officially handed a "unit” flag to the NSHQ Commander and Director, Special Operations Office (DSOO), LieutenantGeneral (US) Frank J Kisner.

During his speech for the groundbreaking ceremony, Lt. Gen. Kisner mentioned that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen emphasised the need for a comprehensive approach during his Lisbon Summit Communique. "There is a need for an approach that draws on subject matter expertise including Special Operations, and joins all these tools and expertise together for a successful operation,” Lt. Gen. Kisner said.

The NSHQ serves as the primary point of direction and coordination for all NATO Special Operations-related activities in order to optimize employment of special operations forces (SOF) to include providing an operational command capability when directed by SACEUR. The NSHQ is the Alliance SOF proponent for NATO SOF policy, standards, doctrine, training, education and assessments. Additionally, the NSHQ maintains and develops a robust operational command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) capability equipped with organic SOF enablers to ensure interoperability and enhance employment of NATO Special Operations.

More at:

ACO - Allied Command Operations | Groundbreaking ceremony for NATO Special Operations Headquarters

ACO - Allied Command Operations | NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ)

Current strength of the HQ: 149 Positions At IOC: 84 personnel in August 2008

NSHQ149 personnel auth. 146 bids (by nation): BEL 2, BGR 1, CAN 2, CZE 4, DNK 1, FRA 7, DEU 9, GRC 3, HUN 2, ITA 10, LTU 2, LVA 1, NLD 4, NOR 5, POL 5, PRT 1, ROU 2, SVK 1, SVN 1, ESP 8, TUR 4, GBR 12, USA 59

Interesting to see that while NATO is set to lose about 20% body fat, a new SOF HQ is stood up in Mons...
The more HQs we have the greater our networked synergy efficiency will be, enabling our ONE infanteer to a multiple of tasks.

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