News story

DCDC hosts Northern Group working group

The first meeting of the Northern Group Centre for Conceptual Thinking took place at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Participants attend the first meeting of the Northern Group Centre for Conceptual Thinking (NGCCT). Crown copyright 2017. All rights reserved.
Participants attend the first meeting of the Northern Group Centre for Conceptual Thinking (NGCCT). Crown copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

Hosted by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), the event was attended by ten of the Northern Group member nations, including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Sweden and The Netherlands.

A think tank within the Northern Group, the Northern Group Centre for Conceptual Thinking (NGCCT) provides a forum for collaborative discussion, idea exchange and mutual understanding of issues and opportunities. This event aimed to highlight security issues of interest to all NGCCT members, such as the High North and Modern Deterrence.

Led by the DCDC Futures team, the High North discussion examined the strategic significance of melting Arctic sea ice. Members then divided into syndicates, to present national perspectives on potential scenarios arising from this discussion.

To provide a context for discussion of the common challenges associated with deterrence in 21st century Europe, the DCDC Doctrine team introduced ‘Joint Doctrine Note (JDN) 06, modern deterrence: the military contribution’, currently being drafted.

Further NGCCT events, hosted by other Northern Group member states, are being planned for 2018.

Published 9 November 2017