NAPLES, Italy – Allied
Command Operation (ACO), in collaboration with Joint Force Command Naples (JFCNP),
hosted a Building Integrity in Operations seminar in Naples, Italy, Feb. 7-9.
This was the first seminar since the Warsaw Summit with the Head of
State and Governments endorsing, in July 2016, the NATO BI Policy and the BI
Action Plan (one of the summit follow-on-actions). The purpose of the seminar was
to develop concrete tools for BI Subject Matter Experts to incorporate
corruption issues into all phases of NATO military operations. The need related
to the complexity of the military role within BI and the impact of corruption
in military operations, both in terms of NATO-led operations and institutional
Italian Army Lt. Gen. Luciano Portolano, JFCNP Chief of
Staff, opened the seminar speaking about the importance of BI to military
operations and JFCNP’s commitment to BI.
"There is a
need to introduce and integrate BI concepts into the core business of NATO
military operations throughout each phase of the operational planning process and
at all levels of NATO. The operational level is likely to be key, as it is
where strategic direction from above and operational implementation converge,"
said Portolano. "The next step will be to establish the mechanism for
countering corruption risks that arise during operations, especially by making
and sustaining changes that will produce long term benefits. As I am sure many
will agree, military operations and political institutions must enhance common
understanding via a collective analysis of the available information. JFCNP
leadership recognizes the importance of understanding the operating
environment, including the existence of corruption, when planning and executing
Distinguished visitors included Mrs. Susan Pond, Senior
Officer Building Integrity Programme, Lt. Gen. Hugues Delort-Laval, SHAPE Vice
COS, Human Resources and Contracting subject matter experts from JFCNP, Kosovo
Force-Pristina, NATO HQ Sarajevo, Finance unit of Kabul and a diverse range of
stakeholders who provided a focus on understanding, diagnosing and countering
the practical aspects of corruption risks in operations, and how to mitigate
them within the operational planning process.
The outcome of the seminar will serve as the basis to
develop and implement the necessary skills within NATO staff and Partner forces.