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Common language in doctrine development

Text: Péter Snoj | Photo: Sztaniszláv Horváth |  09:37 April 26, 2023

The NATO Allied Joint Doctrine Development Course has been organized in Budapest on the fourth occasion. The joint event of the HDF Force Modernization and Transformation Command, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the NATO Standardization Office is taking place between 24-27 April.

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The course – which has already been traditionally organized under the aegis of the Hungarian Defence Forces – is NATO’s most important form of education for doctrine custodians and doctrine developers. In his course opening speech, Colonel Zoltán Bárány, Deputy Commander, HDF Force Modernization and Transformation Command highlighted the importance of joint doctrine development. He said that today’s dynamically changing security environment – which is well exemplified by the war in Ukraine – and the emergence of new operational domains and procedures require rapid and flexible adaptation of all members of the Alliance. He added that this equally goes for military technology and the procedures.

Colonel Zoltán Bárány underlined that doctrines and STANAGs are the means for maximizing coherence and interoperability among the allies, and so the objective of the doctrine development course, too, is to provide a unified perspective for NATO and national custodians and doctrine developers in preparing operational procedures.

The four-day course hosts 23 participants from nine NATO member countries, and the Hungarian Defence Forces are represented with five personnel. In view of the great interest, from this year onwards, the course will be organized on two occasions every year, and the next one is due to start in October this year.