Centre′s Participation in ACT Online ConferenceDate: (19-02-2021)
The NATO’s Centres of Excellence, coordinated by Allied Command Transformation, are providing vital support to NATO missions and operations during the pandemic, while also collecting all relevant data for future post pandemic analysis. Hence the CMDR COE joined the on-line conference with the Allied Commander Transformation (ACT), Centre of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism, Ankara (COE-DAT). It was conducted on 18 February 2021 as the ACT is looking at ways to improve logistics management, pandemic analysis and Information Environment Assessment capabilities of NATO.
General Paolo Ruggiero, the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, pointed out that responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is the main challenge for the Alliance. The challenge that required innovative solutions to support the decision-making of military leaders; deliver logistics and supplies to isolated individuals and teams; identify false information and mitigate its effects on NATO operations. Allied Command Transformation is drawing upon a vast network of military and civilian professionals from Centres of Excellence, nations, scientists, medical professionals and military experts to position the Alliance during this pandemic. The focus of Command work is to innovate solutions to warfare development, coordinate work with Centres of Excellence and analyze NATO’s posture with recommendations for necessary adjustments.
Rear Adm. John Tammen who is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policies (DCOS SPP) at NATO Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, VA expressed his gratitude about COEs work on the development of a COVID 19 Lessons effort that informs how the Alliance could respond in the future.
Colonel Orlin Nikolov has annualized the CMDR COE’s contribution to improve logistics management in NATO environment by the iHELP which is a Logistic Planning Tool built to provide logistic planning support and augmentation. During the 2020 many activities were carried out on this project - limited tests, proposals, recommendations, and assistance of the manufacturer. The limited tests were performed in a very productive way because of good cooperation and every attendee’s efforts. The collected data was enough to assess the project development stage, capabilities, and functionality, based mainly on the CMDR COE’s needs and requirements. The project was completed at the end of 2020.
Additionally, Colonel Nikolov sated that CMDR COE has provided COVID-19 Status Report on a monthly basis. In a result of the collaboration between the CMDR COE, NATO HQ, and NCSCM, the Centre has developed a plan for 2021 that outlines the main areas of support for NCSCM′s work in crisis planning and decision-making, including the participation of Jordanian trainees in events organized or co-organized by CMDR COE, provision of MTTs, training seminars for instructors, etc.
Every year in November the world celebrates the International GIS Day to recognize the power of Geographic information systems for enabling a safer, smarter and more sustainable world. The GIS Day provides an international forum for the users to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.
The prestigious event in Bulgaria this year will take place on November 14th, 2018, 9:00 am in Sofia Hotel Balkan. It is organized for 20th consecutive year by ESRI Bulgaria in partnership with more than 30 leading governmental, academic, IT, non-governmental organizations and media.» read more
The CMDR COE was pleased to hold a productive joint meeting with a delegation from the Romanian Parliamentary Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security, headed by the Chairperson - Mr. Dorel-Gheorghe CĂPRAR, and with the Chairperson of the Bulgarian Parliamentary Defence Committee - Mr. Konstantin POPOV, with the participation of the Deputy Minister Of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria - Mr. Atanas ZAPRYANOV.» read more
The 13th NATO Computer Assisted Exercise Forum (NATO CAX Forum 2018) was conducted from 25 to 27 September 2018 in Sofia (BGR), The venue gathered more than 180 participants from 22 countries, 34 organizations and companies and 13 governmental bodies.
The successful event has been organized by the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence (NATO M&S COE) in cooperation with the NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE).» read more
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