NATO Orientation Program
The NATO Orientation Program (NOP) is an education program of the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies (CTSS), a component of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) and National Defense University (NDU). NOP programs include an eight-day resident course held at NDU, outreach instruction tailored to the needs of specific commands or agencies, instruction to both active duty and reserve components, and specialized NATO instruction to Allied and Partnership for Peace governments. Please note the summaries below and contact the NOP team to assist in your NATO training requirements.
Resident Course Description
The NOP resident course is an eight-day program conducted at NDU at Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. It consists of intensive instruction on:
- The Washington Treaty,
- NATO Headquarters Organization,
- The NATO Integrated Military Command Structure,
- Logistics and Standardization,
- The Alliance's Strategic Concept, and
- The NATO Staff Environment.
Additionally, the program provides a unique opportunity for discussion with senior U.S., Allied and Partnership for Peace guest speakers, including representatives from the Joint Staff, OSD, the State Department, the intelligence community, Capitol Hill, military attachés, and senior Flag and General Officers and diplomats with current or recent NATO experience.
Resident Course Objective
The resident course is designed specifically for U.S. field grade officers en route to NATO assignments. Its objective is to enable staff officers to become immediately effective in the NATO staff environment. The course is also open to officers, senior non-commissioned officers and civilians assigned to DoD or other U.S. government agencies dealing with issues related to NATO and/or European security. The student becomes conversant with NATO terminology; NATO organization and functions; political, economic, and intercultural aspects of the Alliance; and international staff work.
Condensed presentations regarding NATO, specifically tailored to user’s needs, are available to U.S. government agencies, military units (including reserve components) and Allied and Partners for Peace countries. For more information about outreach contact the NOP faculty at email@example.com