Seventy-six military officers and civilian officials from the NATO alliance and
North Atlantic Cooperation Council countries graduated yesterday, December 14,
1994, from the first class of the College of Strategic Studies and Defense
Economics at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany.
Richard Lugar was the graduation speaker.
"You will be ambassadors of cooperative engagement and cooperative threat
reduction in Europe," Senator Lugar told the graduates, the bulk of whom are
from countries of the former Warsaw Pact.
"The challenges of transition to
democracy are evident and formidable, but the yearnings of the peoples we serve
for freedom, for peace that allows normal and constructive living, and for
responsible farsighted leadership, is much more powerful," Lugar said.
Senator Lugar along with Senator Sam Nunn, sponsored legislation that provides
funds to assist in the disarmament and dismantlement of post cold war nuclear
stockpiles in the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
Lugar said the Marshall Center is part of the U.S. attempt to protect its
security and strengthen European security through "cooperative engagement."
During the five-month course which began in August, students studied how
democratic nations organize, control and provide for their armed forces under
Classes are taught in English, German and Russian.
second class is scheduled to begin February 2, 1995, with 86 students.
This first class was made up of 53 military officers from Defense ministries
and 23 civilian officials from Foreign and Defense ministries.
from the countries of Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic,
Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova,
Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan, as well as Germany and the U.S.
The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies assists countries
of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in the development of
military institutions compatible with democratic processes and civilian control
of the military.
The Center, part of many defense and military relations
programs between the U.S. and Europe, focuses on the new opportunities and
challenges of European security today.
By providing defense education for
eastern and central Europe's senior policy makers, and sponsoring activities
that promote defense cooperation, the Center helps lay the groundwork for
closer ties and greater openness between the armed forces of NATO and its
The Marshall Center was inaugurated on June 5, 1993, 46 years after its
namesake, George C. Marshall, gave the historic speech at Harvard which later
became known as the Marshall Plan.
The Center is operated by the U.S.European
Command and the German government.
For further information, contact the George C. Marshall Center public affairs
officer, Mr. Mike Lopez, at 011-49-8821-750882/750469.