Standardization in communications equipment benefits multinational troops in an international environment by enabling them to communicate, increasing situational awareness for all. NATO’s Federated Mission Networking capabilities, currently in various stages of development, have been paramount in providing consistency within coalition partners in recent missions such as Afghanistan. The lines of communication remain strong because of the joint contribution of the Federated Service Management and Control capability Germany led.
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Ensuring the mobility of troops and support equipment in the European theater will depend on coordinated command and control. In anticipation of crises actions and needs, improvements are needed during the upfront coordination as well as to the last mile of transportation capabilities that are insufficient to meet the military’s equipment transportation needs.
NATO is evolving to adapt to present-day threats, and part of that strengthening means improving the deployment of forces to the European continent from allied nations. The organization’s new Joint Support and Enabling Command, known as JSEC, is taking on that role. The new command is in the process of building itself up, defining doctrine, forging relationships, and developing the necessary personnel and information technology infrastructure to support its operations.
Maj. Gen. Scott A. Kindsvater, USAF, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff for operations, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO, Mons, Belgium.
Brig. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, USAF, has been selected for the grade of major general and assigned as deputy chief of staff, operations, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium.
Col. Thomas C. Graves, USA, has been selected for the rank of brigadier general and assigned as executive officer to supreme allied commander, Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium.