JAPCC Steering Committee / Senior Resource Committee Meeting 2018
Kalkar, 25-26 June 2018. Senior leaders from each of the JAPCC’s 16 Sponsor Nations met at the JAPCC’s home base in Kalkar, Germany to review the 2017-2018 Program of Work, direct future lines of effort based on current and emerging challenges to NATO security, and approve the 2019 budget. Two annual events enabled these actions– the Steering Committee (SC), chaired by General Tod D. Wolters and the Senior Resource Committee (SRC) chaired by Brigadier General Burkhard Kollmann.
During a social event the night before the events, General Wolters remarked, ‘We have to be prepared from all spectrums of conflict to be able to handle what they present’. He continued, ‘If we don’t have bright minds and smart people who are thinking at 2030 and beyond we’ll be in a position where we will never get out in front of potential adversaries’. The JAPCC currently has 32 Subject Matter Experts (SME) dedicated to increasing Allied readiness and effectiveness by working with national and international organizations at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. The JAPCC is a strategic think tank which regularly produces documents that inform the choices of senior civilian and military decision-makers. Generously, Greece announced an intent to send an additional SME to Kalkar in 2019, and Italy announced it would swap an overheard position for a SME position, bringing the total number of experts at the JAPCC to 34.
The SC also celebrated the fact that all signatures necessary to welcome Denmark into the JAPCC family were submitted to Allied Command Transformation. The occasion was marked with a small ceremony at the iconic JAPCC Tail Flash which now reflects Denmark as a full Sponsor Nation. Both SC and SRC delegates expressed gratitude and praise for the year’s hard work done by the JAPCC SMEs. The SRC noted another year of cost savings which will be credited to the nations. The Committee also approved the 2019 budget. In his closing remarks to the SC, General Wolters remarked ‘We are far and away the most powerful Alliance in the history of humanity.’ He further encouraged the delegates, ‘As misaligned as we think we are, our alignment is tremendous and I think we all recognize that as a strength’.