Executive Defence Course

Official opening ceremony of the Executive Defence Course organized by NATO PDP and Professional Development Centre under The National Defence Academy, MODwas held at Defence Ministry of Georgia on the 13th of May. Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania addressed the participants of the course and wished them every success: The course is very important as the representatives of the MoD, Armed Forces, as well as governmental organizations, NGOs and media should realize appropriately those challenges the region faces to. The seminar including intellectual debates on the ways how to overcome the challenges is being held under the support of our Estonian partners. The course has been held for the third time and we’d like to set it as a tradition. The seminar gives us possibility to talk over the ways how to strengthen NATO and lessen threat from Russia”.Permanent Secretary of Defence of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, Mikk Marran also delivered a speech to the participants and highlighted the importance of the course: This course started in Estonia in 1999. More than 1300 people have participated in this course in Estonia. It has been wonderful experience for us. We thought few years ago that as a part of cooperation we should include this project in our cooperation plan to introduce this course to Georgia. It is very important to have many people around the table from many different professions –being politicians, officers, NGOs, private sector to listen to the people who are making decisions in Georgia right now; to ask questions and actually to have good a discussion maybe to have goodinitiatives for the future”.The seminar will last for five days in hotel Ambasadori” in Kakheti region. Heads of departments of the various institutions, the representatives from legislative, non-governmental, commercial and media sectors are among the participants of the course. During Executive Defence Course the participants will get acquainted to national defence and security system, ongoing reforms and get answers on essential and actual issues. The participants will also discuss the topics including the challenges of international security system, formation of national seciurity system and its priorities, upcoming NATO Summit, Georgian defence system transformation, national security system and civil support, as well as Georgia-Russian relations.The Head of the Office of Euro-Atlantic Integration and Partnership in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division of NATO Headquarters James H. Mackey will join the discussion on Georgia's NATO aspirations and talk about NATO's position via VTC. In parallel, the participants will also work on the simulated crisis scenario.High rank officials, international experts of security sphere and the representatives of civil society are the speakers of the seminar.Executive Defence Course is formed in Georgia according to the courses adopted in Scandinavian and Baltic countries. The seminar is held in Georgian for the third time under the support of Estonian Defence Ministry.