NATO Special Operations Forces meet in Budapest
Commander of NATO Special Operations Headquarters, Vice Admiral Colin J. Kilrain, speaks to attendees at the Commanders Conference in Budapest, Hungary. - Photo by NSHQ
BUDAPEST- Hungarian Special Operations Command recently hosted NATO Special Operations
Headquarters (NSHQ) and the NATO SOF Community for their biannual NATO Allied
and Partner SOF Commanders Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
The two day event
brought together Special Operations Forces (SOF) Commanders, Senior Enlisted
Advisors, and Interagency Senior Staff with the theme "Interagency
Cooperation through the Lens of Counter Terrorism."
Vice Admiral Colin J. Kilrain, Commander, NSHQ, kicked off the conference by
challenging his fellow Commanders with the following: "Can NATO SOF perhaps do
more on the CT front? How do we work better across the interagency to counter
terrorism?" Vice Admiral Kilrain also shared a need to look beyond a
counter terrorism lens and consider issues such as Hybrid, Cyber and Irregular
Warfare all of which demand interagency collaboration and coordination.
The requirement for an increased interagency approach came out of the previous
conference, where the Commanders stressed that while SOF plays a role in
countering the threats, the community relies on interagency partners at every
step of the process, from the tactical to the strategic.
Vice Admiral Kilrain pointed out that, "SOF cannot do it (counter terrorism)
alone, no one agency can do it alone, and no one nation can do this alone, but
SOF can be the galvanising force and set an example for collaboration as a
fundamental operating principle. The interagency approach is not just a label;
it is a necessity."
In addition to the briefings and panels, the Commanders had opportunities to
provide feedback to NSHQ and to challenge NSHQ to look beyond the present to
the future. Several Commander's expressed their appreciation for NSHQ and
the role the Headquarters plays not just in "Building NATO SOF,” but also in
their role of linking decision makers and operators together to improve
Alliance and Partner SOF capability holistically. The opportunity to
receive feedback from the Commanders is of great value to NSHQ particularly as
they go through a period of transformation in line with the rest of the
Alliance due to Adaptation.
Story by NATO Special Operations Headquarters