Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course attracts largest number of participants ever
By Mr Michael Rühle, NATO HQ
From 25 - 29 Sep 17, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) facilitated the third Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course. The course was held in cooperation with NATO Headquarters, Allied Command Operations, Allied Command Transformation, the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence and the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
This year’s iteration of the course featured the largest number of participants so far. 40 students from 23 allied and partner countries attended. According to Colonel Timothy Dreifke, Commandant of the NSO, this vindicates the School’s decision of three years ago to go ahead with this new kind of course. Alan Howard, Deputy Chair of the NPS’s Energy Academic Group, agrees: "The NSO is the perfect venue for such a course. The NSO’s infrastructure and staff help to create the right atmosphere for disseminating a lot of knowledge in a rather short span of time. The participants' feedback shows that they truly appreciate this. Their engagement throughout the course was exemplary."
The course takes place annually in the Autumn and covers various aspects of energy security, ranging from cyberattacks on energy infrastructure to maritime security.