Within NATO research program "Science for Peace" Romania, represented by the National Defense College was a co-participant in the Project "Management of research and development in the field of security in support of defense industry transformation" together with Bulgaria, Germany and Macedonia.
The financed by NATO research project envisaged the acquisition of information technique, organization of conferences, seminars, exchanges of knowledge, establishment of a Center of Excellence for training defense industry personnel in the field of research and development management, editing works of specialty and it has been approved for a period of 3 years (2006 - 2009) under the code 982063 during the meeting of 15-th May 2006 of the Committee for Human and Public Dynamics of the NATO PDD.
The Romanian part under coordination by Mr. Iulian FOTA as a co-director of the program and later on by LTC Assoc. Prof. Doina MURESAN PhD as a leader of the Romanian researchers' team has successfully fulfilled its tasks
The Romanian researchers' team actively took part in the international conferences and training programs organized by Bulgarian and German partners contributing with presented works and case studies, such as: "Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Execution System in Romanian Armed Forces" ( LTC Assoc.Prof. Doina MURESAN PhD) , "Ideas about Conceptual Modeling in Defense Acquisition Process" (Cpt. Eng. Marius MARMUREANU), "The Fifth Generation Warfare- a Possibility for the Future" (Cpt. Live MAT ACHE) all of them chosen to be themes within the courses at the newly opened in Sofia NATO Center of Excellence where the Romanian NDC is entitled to manage 2 of the 5 courses to be taught beginning with 2010.
In the NATO project framework RO NDC organized in November 2007, in Bucharest the 4-th International Conference on "Research and Development Strategies in Support of Dual Industrial Transformation". Also the National Defense College has organized through VTC a training program in the field of R&D.
RO NDC produced and edited under the supervision of Assoc.Prof. Elena Lacatus PhD the 5-th Volume of the series of publications within the Project SfP 982063 entitled "European Defense Agency as a Defense Industry Catalyst - International Conference Research and Development Strategies in Support of Dual Industrial Transformation" awakening the specialists' interest for the important role EDA has in harmonizing the national strategies for defense industry in the 27 EU member states.
On the occasion of the final meeting in Sofia in December 2009, the National Defense College will have its activity within the NATO Project assessment, but in the next period it will continue to cooperate on bilateral basis with its former partners in the NATO project.
Between 18-th and 20-th June 2009, the National Defense College together with the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, NATO Public Diplomacy Division and US Embassy in Bucharest co-organized the international conference on "NATO Capabilities. Budgeting for a credible defense in Europe"
NATO Summit in Bucharest as well as the NATO Ministerial on defense and foreign affairs issues have mentioned certain aspects referring to the lack of capabilities, draw-backs and limitations the national expeditionary forces involved in NATO operations, especially in Afganistan, are confronted with. The same type of approach has been extended to the relations between the expeditionary forces and the territorial defense up to the debate on a proper financing through the budgets for a credible defense and security in Europe. The main goal of the project was to enhance Romanian public opinion's consciousness of NATO policies, proper budgeting and financing of the fields of security and defense so that sufficient capabilities both for territorial defense and expeditionary forces to be provided.
The invited participants - high level NATO officials, US Embassy in Bucharest representatives, Romanian parliamentarians, representatives of MoD, MFA, NGOs and of the academic environment - have debated a series of interesting topics such as:
-NATO's capabilities - a responsibility of all member countries;
-Territorial defense versus expeditionary forces. Credible budgeting for defense in Europe;
-NATO and Afganistan;
-Romania and NATO (Romanian Armed Forces budgeting, financing operations abroad, Romania in Afganistan)
The conference has contributed to a deeper understanding of the role NATO plays in projecting regional and global security, it assured the public opinion of good practices of maintaining the proper budget of over 2% of GDP and of an adequate balance between territorial forces and expeditionary ones for a normal level of the capabilities needed for a credible defense and security in Europe, it has stimulated NGOs and the "think-tanks" to share their visions on defense in Europe with shared costs and to propose improvements in the field of budgeting, it has offered to academic research networks and to the civil society the cooperation with NATO PDD in projecting the common security.
In the period 01.09 - 24.10.2009 National Defense College organized together with Conflicts Prevention and Early Warning Center, NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO PDD) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs a range of activities sub summated to the topic "NATO and the new strategic concept. Romania's priorities."
This project sponsored by NATO PDD aimed at participation in debates about physiognomy of the future NATO strategic concept and the substantial contribution to the effort oriented toward consolidation of a Romanian position regarding the features of the new strategic concept.
According to the project schedule, on 08.10.2009, the National Defense College organized at its venue the Workshop no.2 on "Strengthening NATO as security provider in the 21-st century. Article 5 for the 21-st century. The need to respond to the new threats. A special focus on terrorism, anti-missile defense, energy security, cybernetic defense".
120 persons participated in the works, among them high level NATO officials (by VTC) , HE Wojciech Zajaczkowski, Ambassador of Poland in Bucharest, Teodor Melescanu, Chairman of the Committee for Defense, Public Order and National Security of Romania's Senate, mass/media representatives.
Within the project too, the National Defense College organized on 19.10.2009 at the Ministry of National Defense the Workshop no.4 on "Protecting Alliance's security at strategic distance or closer to home: right evaluations and false dilemmas". Decision making factors in the field of defense policy, militaries performing missions in the theatres of operations and multinational commandments, experts, NGO and media representatives participated in the workshop. A special mention for the presentation by Admiral Gianpaolo di Paola (through VTC) ,Chief of the NATO Military Committee, and for the speeches by Admiral Gheorghe Marin PhD, Chief of the General Staff, by the representative of the General Intelligence of Defense Directorate as well by the Minister of National Defense Mihai Stanisoara.
On 23-rd October 2009 RO NDC organized together with Conflicts Prevention and Early Warning Center in the Palace of the Parliament the final international conference within the project on "Regional perspectives on the new NATO strategic concept" . 300 participants among them high level NATO officials, specialists from the country and from abroad, MoD, MFA, NGOs representatives, Ambassadors of NATO member states accredited in Bucharest, parliamentarians, representatives of academic environment and mass-media took part in the conference. The conference consisted in 4 panels as follows: \."Adapting NATO strategic concept in order to face 21-st century challenges" moderated by Cornel Codita from CPEWC; 2."Challanges and opportunities management in the enlarged neighborhood. The partnership network as an investment in trans-Atlantic and international security. The relevance of NATO's critical neighborhood :the Balkans and the enlarged Black Sea area" moderated by Sergiu Medar, former presidential advisor for security and defense 3. "NATO focus on collective/territorial and the need to be efficient at strategic distance " moderated by Col Mircea Mindrescu, Head of the National Defense College and co-director of the NATO project, 4 "New threats: energy security, cyber defense, critical infrastructure protection", moderated by Mr. Liviu Muresan from EURISC Foundation.
The Conference enjoyed a deserved success.
On 05.11.2009, National Defence College organized Scientific session on "Romania's accession to NATO and the EU. Romania's chance for Modernization"
60 participants attended this session where 40 articles were presented in 4 sections: 1. "Geopolitics and geostrategy", 2. "Power in International Relations", 3." Regional economic development", 4." Intelligence and polical decision-making"
The conference „Strategies XXI” is a representative event for the academic and scientific environment of the National Defense University „Carol I”, given the high level of the published papers, the diversity and the relevance of the topics. Under the aegis of NDU, The National Defense College initiated as early as January 2016 the organization of a scientific session with a view to creating a suitable framework for discussing important issues concerning the new national, European and Euro Atlantic security environment.
At its first edition, the conference succeeded both to meet the scientific standards necessary for such an event and to provide an environment in which the course members of the National Defense College, the local academics and the national security officials could meet to debate.
The positive results and feed-backs have encouraged us to extend the initiative and to organize, in June 2017, the second edition of the conference.