NATO AND COVID-19: LESSONS LEARNED AND CHALLENGES AHEAD
The pandemic caused by COVID-19 arguably came as a shock and will have profound consequences. It has already created exceptional circumstances in NATO capitals and in other NATO structures at all levels – strategic, operational, and tactical. The objective of this article is to analyse Alliance’s reaction to the pandemic, with a focus on lessons learned and a way ahead. Bearing in mind that the Alliance has not faced a pandemic before, three following main domains should be analysed: the institutional domain (how the Alliance will adapt its activities at the strategic level), the operational domain (how NATO will adapt the Command and Control structure, plan and conduct of military exercises, and the changing business within the command structure), and the information domain (how the Alliance has been waging the information campaign in order to dispel myths and rumours/perceptions and to promote own interests and agendas for the future).
Colonel Hennadiy Kovalenko is a staff officer at the Strategic Allied Command Transformation HQ, Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from the Kharkiv Air Force Military Institute (1996) and the National Defence Academy of Ukraine (2005). He completed the Joint Command and General Staff Course at the Baltic Defence College (2004), as well as graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (2014). In 2015, Colonel Kovalenko earned his MA in International Security and Strategy at King’s College London, and completed his scholarship at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (2018). Currently, he is attending Professional Doctorate Programme at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Colonel Kovalenko has been serving in various positions in the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine as well as in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. From the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict, he had been deployed in the operation area in different capacities; in addition, he was responsible for coordinating international support within the framework of the Multinational Joint Commission of Military Cooperation and Defence Reform.