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Multinational Conference Seeks Unity of Methods, Concepts

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2006 – Scores of defense officials from throughout Europe and Central Asia convened here yesterday to make it easier to build future partnerships by defining a common vocabulary of methods and concepts.

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David A. Cate, the Defense Department's deputy director of the plans and programs office of the deputy assistant secretary of Eurasia policy, opens a multinational conference June 27 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The conferees are discussing manpower, personnel, training and education. Photo courtesy of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  

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The three-day Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Conference is being co-sponsored by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the U.S. Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

About 60 participants from more than a dozen nations are meeting in a series of plenary sessions and working groups. Participants include representatives from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, along with speakers and representatives from multinational organizations. David A. Cate, the Defense Department's deputy director of the plans and programs office for the deputy assistant secretary for Eurasia policy, opened the conference by explaining to the participants the scope and the payoff of the program.

"Our goal at this three-day event is to look at ... practical areas for cooperation in defense institution building. The topics we will cover will address democratic control of armed forces, civilians in national defense and transparent personnel systems," Cate said.

"It's far too much material for anyone to master," he continued. "In these three days, we want to provide an overview of all of the issues so we can then have productive conversations and better understand challenges individual countries have in certain areas. Then it will feed our efforts as allies, as partners, to pursue productive programs in the future."

(From a George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies news release.)

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