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With courses, seminars and workshops, the NSO meets the current and emerging training needs of the Alliance and partner nations

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NATO Senior Officer Policy Course

SACEUR, General Scaparotti

NATO Senior Officer Policy Course at the NSO

By Public Affairs Office

The NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) hosted the NATO Senior Officer Policy Course, between 03 - 07 Oct 16, to an audience of OF-5 officers and above.
The NATO Senior Officer Policy Course is a biannual opportunity for NATO personnel to discuss current and future security issues with direction and guidance provided by senior military leaders, policymakers and members of academia. On this occasion, guest speakers included representatives from the North Atlantic Council, NATO Headquarters, the Bi-Strategic Commands and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with a keynote speech delivered by SACEUR, General Scaparotti.
Lectures were interspersed with lively discussion and question and answer sessions, all conducted under the Chatham House Rule of non-attribution.

Second Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course


Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course

By Michael Rühle, Head Energy Security Section NATO HQ

On 30 Sep 16, the second Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course concluded at the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO). During the five day course 33 participants from 21 NATO and partner nations discussed energy security issues, including the security implications of global energy developments, threats to Critical Energy Infrastructure, and enhancing energy efficiency in the military.

Like the successful pilot course in 2015, the second iteration was a joint project involving the NSO, the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius, the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, the Bi-Strategic Commands, and NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division. Speakers included energy experts from the academic community, various ministries, the military, and the private sector.

The students attended lectures on the geopolitics of energy security, maritime security, cyber defence, the role of the private sector in energy security, military energy efficiency approaches, and other related subjects. They also worked in syndicates and conducted a table-top exercise to develop their own responses to energy-related security challenges.

The course is supposed to become an annual event and corresponds to the Wales and Warsaw Summits' call to enhance training and education efforts in energy security.

Member of Bavarian Parliament visits NATO School

Col Schreckinger with Mr. Kühn

Bavarian Parliamentary visit to the NSO

Public Affairs Office

On 26 Sep 16, Mr. Harald Kühn, of the Bavarian Parliament, was welcomed to the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) by the Deputy Commandant, Colonel Joachim Schreckinger. Mr. Kühn visited the exhibition of NSO history and afterwards invited German staff members to join in conversation during which he answered questions regarding local and national politics. He further expressed his appreciation of the military, especially in his constituencies of Weilheim-Schongau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

United Kingdom Metropolitan Police

United Kingdom Metropolitan Police

2016 International Hostage Negotiation Workshop

By Sergeant Jamie Cavazos, Public Affairs Office

In September 2016, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) facilitated the inaugural Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Hostage Negotiation Workshop hosted by the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police. Delegates from the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait attended the two-day workshop with the aim to support ongoing collaborative efforts in countering the threat of, and response to, terrorist-inspired events.

CTC 2016

CTC Group Photo (photo by SGT Jacob Seguin US-A/Released)

Combined Training Conference NATO School Oberammergau (NSO)

By Sergeant Jamie Cavazos, Public Affairs Office

During the period 25-29 July 2016, the NSO hosted the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Combined Training Conference (CTC) attracting approximately 390 US and NATO military planning staff. The aim of the CTC was to synchronize, source and schedule regional, land-based, joint integrated exercises and individual training that support NATO interoperability and develop Allied and partner capabilities and capacities, with a planning horizon of 2017-2019.