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.