Commanding general addresses doctrine, technology at Vienna seminar

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
May 25, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Europe commanding general addressed international senior officials at a high-level seminar on military doctrine in Vienna today.

Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling was a keynote speaker at a two-day seminar hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the world's largest regional security organization with 56 States from Europe, Central Asia and North America.  Hertling addressed participants on the implications of doctrinal and technological changes, including the Internet, to military structures and activities.

Hertling emphasized the need to capitalize on combined experiences and prepare for full spectrum missions.  He added that operations will increasingly involve multinational, interagency and non-governmental partners.  “We can prepare together by evolving together – changing our doctrine, developing interoperable technologies, and strengthening our partnerships to meet the challenges of the future.”

Invitees to the seminar include Chiefs of defense/general staff or other senior officials and relevant academics from participating member-states of the OSCE as well as relevant international organizations and institutions. Almost 400 participants were invited.

A key objective of the seminar is to have interactive dialogue inspired by the keynote speakers and panelists to promote interactive discussion and debate.

Along with Hertling’s keynote address, seminar participants also examined several other topics on the agenda including the changing nature of conflicts, new threats and challenges, and technological advancements that have occurred over the five years in the OSCE’s area.

The seminar was organized by the OSCE’s Forum for Security Co-operation and is held every five years in accordance with the Vienna Document 1999, which contains provisions on the exchange of military information, verification and other forms of military co-operation.