This last period has been very challenging for my Staff but we have made good progress that gives me great confidence for the future. Five months after my arrival—and few more since the declaration of Initial Capability of the NSD-S HUB—our capabilities have increased significantly. More Nations have agreed to provide personnel, significantly improving our staffing levels. This has allowed us to better respond to the multiple requests for NSDS HUB representation at meetings and conferences which enables us to bring this new NATO tool to the forefront and make positive steps in terms of communication and knowledge. The daily support we receive from our leadership makes me very comfortable towards the fulfillment of my—and my Staffs'—tasks, creating a positive environment where to plan confidently for further successes. The recent events such as the Drivers of In-stability Seminar as well as the NATO-AU Conference have reaffirmed the role of the NSDS-HUB as a critical element to improve NATO's knowledge of the South. The upcoming NATO Summit will build on the valuable work with partner nations and organizations, helping to keep the Alliance's neighborhood stable and confirm decisions taken during the last De-fense Ministerial Meeting to improve NATO's ability to project stability and prevent future crises in the region with the NSDS HUB playing a key role to enable this.