CMDR COE turns 5Date: (31-03-2020)
Dear CMDR Community,
Since its accreditation as the 21st NATO`s Centre of Excellence in 2015, the CMDR COE has been incessantly improving its capacity to serve as a hub of crisis management and disaster response expertise within a cooperative Community of Interest in support of NATO’s adaptive transformation. Our 2019 Quality Assurance certified by NATO SACT has brought us pride in our progress yet made us ever more cognisant of the responsibility for setting and upholding ever higher standards of performance and achievements.
The CMDR COE’s area of responsibility, clearly seen through the lens of the complexity of the present security environment, and the absolute necessity of as comprehensive as possible an approach to tackling challenges, is of critical importance for the Alliance, also forming part of its strategic core tasks. The CMDR COE has solidified its position as a constructive partner and as a valuable tool for enhancing civilian and military CMDR capabilities within NATO, Allies’, and Partners’ crisis management systems.
During these 5 years, the Centre has generated a wealth of information, has identified lessons-learned, and recorded and shared good practices in an ever increasing effort of improving interoperability and strengthening collaborative partnerships among key CMDR stakeholders. Likewise, the CMDR COE has participated in, hosted, organised, and co-organised an array of events among which its resident courses; workshops; seminars, and conferences. The CMDR COE staff members are continuously building their personal expertise so as to be in a position to confidently share it within our Community of Interest.
Inter alia, the CMDR COE’s Education & Training initiatives on resilience; on gender mainstreaming; on climate change; the research products on mass migration, gender equality, and climate change are indicative of the CMDR COE’s understanding of the importance of cross-cutting matters within a framework of a comprehensive approach to peace and security. The Centre also successfully capitalises on modern technology having a fully operational modelling and simulation (M&S) laboratory.
Through its Annual Conference on Interagency Interaction, the CMDR COE nurtures collaborative partnerships premised on good practices and constructive exchange.
We are continuously improving our resident course and developing new training solutions, including recently launching our Advanced Distributed Learning platform with courses already open for registration. Our mobile training teams have been involved in a number of exercises and trainings in different countries. We are serving as a Discipline leader in CSDP training for discipline Military Contribution to EU Disaster Response, Humanitarian Assistance and Civil Preparedness.
Over the years, the Centre has established close cooperation within NATO and the EU, noteworthy with the Supreme Allied Command Transformation, SHAPE, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), the Allied Joint Force Command - Naples, the European Commission′s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), and with other relevant stakeholders such as the US European Command, the George Marshall Centre, US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
With the unwavering support of our Framework and Sponsoring Nations, we stand ready to meet challenges and seize opportunities which to take us ahead on our mission to contribute to shaping better, more inclusive and integrated CMDR.
I would like to thank all CMDR COE staff members - former and present, for their enthusiasm, determination and zeal in pursuing the vision of our Centre, and to wish them continuous success in all our future endeavours.
Col. Orlin Nikolov
CMDR COE Director
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) is hosting, as well as taking part in the Second Collaborative Resilience Concept Workshop (CoRe WS2) from 10 to 12 September 2018 at Shipka Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria.
The CoRe Concept development is sponsored by NATO Bi-Strategic Command and is run by the Allied Command Transformation. The CMDR COE is honored to be the host of the CoRe WS2 and to play an active role in the conduct of the event.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence was honoured to welcome Brigadier General Tudorica PETRACHE, Commander of South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) on 28 June 2018.
The official visit of BG Petrache to CMDR COE was conducted as a productive meeting between the distinguished guest and the CMDR COE Command Group, represented by CMDR COE Director Colonel Vassil Roussinov, Deputy Director Colonel Vasileios Palaiologos and Transformation Branch Chief Colonel Dariusz Dobron.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) and the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) signed a Framework Collaboration Agreement on June 5, 2018.
The Agreement is signed in order to promote, facilitate and consolidate the cooperation in education, training, research and development, based on the principles of reciprocity and mutual benefit. The areas of cooperation between CMDR COE and JCBRN Defence COE will include but not be limited to joint research and development projects, educational and qualification programmes, joint training activities...» read more
CMDR COE conducted the 6th Annual Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response Conference on June 5-6, 2018.
The CMDR Interagency Interaction Conference is an annual event, which was held on June 5-6 in the Central Military Club, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Conference brought together subject matter experts and various actors working in the crisis management and disaster response domain. The CMDR COE Annual Conference serves as a platform for information and knowledge exchange and facilitates coordination of actions among key stakeholders, both military and civilian, in the CMDR domain. Each year the event addresses specific issues from the latter domain and gathers experts from across NATO Allied and Partner countries.» read more
From 28 May to 01 June 2018, CMDR COE successfully conducted the Disaster Management Course. Тhe course provided basic knowledge in regard with disaster management fundamentals, disaster management process and its close relation to risk management process. Additionally the main international actors in disaster response were introduced and discussed.
The attendees were introduced to numerous topics related to disaster theoretical foundations, disaster environment, risk management, resilience, humanitarian assistance and the role of key international actors in disaster response through lectures, practical teamwork and subsequent student presentations.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence was honoured to welcome Brigadier General Robert A. Huston, Commander, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) on May 14, 2018.
The official visit of BG Huston to CMDR COE was conducted as a productive meeting between the distinguished guest and the CMDR COE Command Group, represented by CMDR COE Director Colonel Vassil Roussinov, Deputy Director Colonel Vasileios Palaiologos and Transformation Branch Chief Colonel Dariusz Dobron.» read more
Recognizing the increasing role of physical and human induced disasters in contemporary and future security environment, the CMDR COE will conduct Disaster Management Course at the Center’s premises in Sofia, Bulgaria from 28 May to 01 June 2018.
The course aim is acquisition of basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, the disaster management process and its close relation to the risk management process, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster response.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response Conference take place on 5 - 6 JUN 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria and will be broadcast ON-LINE through WebEX. All you need is just to download the application on your mobile device or computer and to write the meeting number 952 555 590
For the first time this year the Conference features three workshops: The George C. Marshall Bulgaria Association and European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, sponsored Security Capability Development workshop, Modelling and Simulation in Support of CIMIC and CMDR and the CMDR COE-led MSG-147 - "M&S Support for Crisis and Disaster Management Processes and Climate Change Implications".» read more
From 08 to 10 May 2018 a Disaster Relief Operations Course was held at South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) HQ, Larissa, Greece. The aim of the event was acquisition of basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster relief in order to facilitate the use of SEEBRIG ETF tool in such operations.» read more
A CMDR COE Mobile Education and Training Team is currently conducting a Disaster Relief Operations Course in SEEBRIG HQ in Larissa, Greece. The event is based on a Request for Support from SEEBRIG regarding improvement of the common understanding of contemporary disaster environment, and to better use of SEEBRIG Engineer Task Force in Disaster Relief Operation.» read more
Within the framework of Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) supported by German Federal Foreign Office, Adelphi, Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and G.S. Rakovski Defence College organized and conducted Climate Change and Security pilot-course, the first training activity on this topic in the ESDC academic list.» read more
The CMDR COE marked the third year of its official accreditation as an international military organization with a formal reception, which took place at Lozenets Residence.
The event hosted Ambassadors and foreign military attaches; commanders of the armed forces; representatives from various ministries, and from the academia.» read more
From 19 to 23 March 2018 the CMDR COE successfully conducted this year’s iteration of Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course.
The attendees were acquainted to NATO Crisis Management, NATO Crisis Response System, and its complementary elements - NATO Crisis Response Process, Civil Emergency Planning, and Operations Planning.» read more
On 20 Mar 2018 the CMDR COE welcomed its new Transformation Branch Head, Col. Dariusz DOBROŃ, POL A. Col. Dobroń succeeds his fellow countryman – Col. Jaroslaw KUBISZ, who completed his term in July 2017.
Col. Dobroń graduated from the Aviation High School as a pilot in 1984. He became an officer in 1988 upon graduating from the Polish Air Defence Military Academy, Missile Engineering Faculty.» read more
On 21 February 2018, the CMDR COE was honoured to welcome the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats Director Dr. Matti Saarelainen. Dr. Saarelainen met with CMDR COE Director and Chiefs of Branches as part of his official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria.
The CMDR COE Director Colonel Vassil Roussinov presented the Centre, focusing on its current organisation, projects, developed training and education capabilities and strategic perspectives.» read more
The Lessons Identified Conference for the consequence management field exercise “BOSNA I HERCEGOVINA 2017” was officially launched today by Mr. Claudiu Zoicas, team leader at the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) Civil Preparedness Section, by Mr. Samir Huseinbasic,exercise director on behalf of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by Col Vasileios Palaiologos, CMDR COE Deputy Director.» read more
From 24 to 26 January 2018 a NATO Crisis Response System Course for national administration experts was successfully conducted. The course was provided in response to a request for support from the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.
The course aim was acquisition of basic knowledge to NATO Crisis Response System Elements and their effective application at national level.» read more
On 25 January 2018, the CMDR COE was honoured to welcome the Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Mikhail Kostarakos.
General Kostarakos met with CMDR COE’s Director and Chiefs of Branches as part of his official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria at the invitation of the Bulgarian Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Andrey Botsev.» read more
On 28 November 2017 the CMDR COE was honored to welcome the Secretary of State, Head of Department of Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Romania Dr. Raed Arafat.» read more
The 2017 iteration of Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations Course was held from 20 November to 24 November in Sofia, Bulgaria.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) conducted its fifth Steering Committee Meeting on October 25-26, 2017.
The annual session was held in Sofia, Bulgaria with the participation of the National Representatives from the MOD of Republic of Bulgaria, as a Framework Nation, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff and the MOD of Republic of Poland, as Sponsoring Nations. In accordance with the CMDR COE Functional memorandum, HQ SACT representatives joined the annual event.» read more
Members of the Core Planning Team for the Computer Assisted Exercise (CAX) VIKING 18, led by the Project Manager and Exercise Director MG Anders BRÄNNSTRÖM visited the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) on 19 October 2017. The delegation met with COL Vassil ROUSSINOV, CMDR COE Director, COL Milen MILKOV, Education and Training Branch Chief and LTC Anastasios VASILEIOU - Section Head and Acting Hellenic Armed Forces Seniour National Representative. Present at the event was also a team from Operations and Training Directorate, Bulgarian MOD led by COL Dimcho JECHEV.» read more
A Montenegro Ministry of Defence Delegation, led by Mrs. Alma Adrovic, Head of the Public Relations Service, visited the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) on September 27, 2017. The delegation attended a meeting with COL Milen Milkov - Education and Training Branch Chief and LTC Anastasios Vasileiou - Doctrine and Standardisation Section Head.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) is hosting, as well as taking part in the Protection of Civilians Experiment (PoC EXP) from 18 to 22 September 2017 at Metropolitan Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria.
The PoC Concept development is sponsored by NATO Bi-Strategic Command and is run by the Allied Command Transformation. The CMDR COE is honored to be the host of the PoC EXP and to play an active role in the conduct of the event.» read more
The University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geodesy in collaboration with NATO CMDR COE invites all interested specialists to become part of the new MSc Programme and to become qualified experts and consultants in engineering provision of protection against disasters and accidents.» read more
CMDR COE carried out its 5th Annual Conference Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response 2017 on June 1-2 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was held under the patronage of the Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security and the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov.
The CMDR Interagency Interaction conference is an annual event which brings together subject matter experts, researchers and educators, planners and developers, advisers and various actors working in the crisis management and disaster response domain in order to promote a lively debate on relevant issues.» read more
Within the period of 16-18 May 2017, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria hosted Main Planning Conference aimed at the organization and arrangement of the exercise implementation phase.
The conference was opened by Deputy Minister Atanas Zapryanov. Almost all Alliance’s Nations took part in it and for the first time this year the EU has participated in the exercise format.» read more
CMDR COE successfully conducted the 5-day Disaster Management course from 15 to 19 May 2017 providing basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, the disaster management process and its close relation to the risk management process, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster response.
The attendees were introduced to numerous topics related to disaster management, risk management, capability development, gender perspectives, humanitarian assistance and the role of the international actors in disaster response through lectures, practical teamwork and subsequent student presentations.» read more
Transformation Network Branch, Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT), in co-operation with the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE), successfully conducted the 3rd NATO Centres of Excellence Financial Controllers (FINCON) Conference – 2017. The event was held in the City of Varna on 15-18 May 2017.
The 2017 COEs FINCON Conference was opened by Rear Admiral Mitko Petev, the Commander of Bulgarian Navy, who warmly-welcomed the participants in the maritime capital of Bulgaria and wished them productive deliberations in successfully reaching the objectives of the Conference.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Conference “Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response” will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 1 and 2 June 2017.
The Conference`2017 is open to all NATO Nations and Partners, governmental, non-governmental and international organizations and will include 3 panels:
- DEFENCE SUPPORT IN DISASTER RESPONSE OPERATIONS;
- IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE TO MILITARY ACTIVITIES;
- BUILDING SOCIETAL RESILIENCY AND MITIGATING VULNERABILITY» read more