In order to tackle future challenges, the armed forces need to cooperate with new partners. The question of how this cooperation can be achieved was central to the Future Force Conference held in February. The final report of the conference, which was published on 5 April, contains specific but not always obvious recommendations, such as the recommendation to increase the involvement of young people in policy-making.
Image: Key note speaker Ana Saldarriaga (28).
During the conference, Defence and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies brought together over 1,200 authoritative speakers and potential partners. Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp welcomed politicians, scientists, managers, military personnel, ethical hackers and experts from other disciplines. They spoke about the armed forces of the future in terms of the theme “From partnerships to ecosystems: combining our efforts for a more secure world”. In order to be ready for future challenges, civilian and military actors with an interest in stability must work together more closely. They must create “security ecosystems”.
Dutch officer adviser to the UN Security Council
On 7 April, Commodore Peter van den Berg commenced duties as Military Adviser of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York. The position is a temporary one related to the Netherlands’ non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
Van den Berg has held various operational and national and international staff positions. He was also liaison officer at the headquarters of US Central Command in Florida. As chief of staff of the Netherlands Maritime Force, he oversaw the international certification of this maritime brigade staff. In addition, Van den Berg has commanded various vessels.