"Establish a Hub, within
the NATO Command Structure, that collects, collates analyses and disseminates information
in order to contribute to NATO comprehensive understanding, situational
awareness, decision making and information sharing for the south during
peacetime, crisis and conflict.”
Hub aims to focus on southern regions to include the Middle East, North Africa
and Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent areas, waters and airspace. To get a
better understanding of all these complexities, potential risks, threats and
challenges, the Hub is designed to gather and exchange information between all
civilian and military stakeholders.
of the Hub’s goals is to take information and analysis that already exists and
transform it into knowledge and information even more useful to stakeholders.
terms of this, the Hub will serve as a platform to develop and provide ideas, expertise
and knowledge of highly experienced NATO civilian and military subject matter
experts to support non-NATO entities.
Hub is a natural progression for NATO, as the staff at JFC Naples has for
several years conducted Mobile Training Team events with partners across the
Middle East and North Africa. More
recently, it has hosted several regional study days with diplomats and scholars
at its Naples headquarters.
key to the early stages of the Hub will be the sharing of good analysis which
will allow NATO and others to be less surprised by and reactive to events, such
as the case during the 2011 Arab Spring.
Hub will serve as an enabler that aims to foster understanding and cooperation
Hub will not exercise command and control authority over any stakeholders.
leaders envision a total of approximately 90 civilian and military subject
matter experts across the wide spectrum of professional domains comprise the
Hub’s final manpower complement.