A Slovak heads NATO’s counter-intelligence centre

The Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence tackles security threats and issues.

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Another Slovak will be at the helm of an important institution abroad, this time in Poland.

Slovak colonel Martin Achimovič has been appointed as head of the NATO’s Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence on October 1, the SITA newswire reported.

The role of NATO’s centre is to respond to current variable and changing security issues and threats in a regional and international context, SITA wrote.

The centre was established in 2015 and is located in Krakow. It uses the Slovak military training area in Lešť (Banská Bystrica Region) for training purposes.

The USA joins in

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The Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence officially expanded the list of its member countries on October 1, with the USA joining in.

"The centre is currently participating in strengthening the security environment, in the ability to predict risks and respond flexibly to the current hybrid threats of 11 NATO countries," said Danka Capáková, a spokesperson for the Defence Ministry, as quoted by SITA.

Before the USA joined, the member countries included Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia.

The coherence and effectiveness of this centre is the result of close cooperation not only between Poland and Slovakia but of the cooperation of all the member countries and entities that underpin the effective implementation of the given objectives, Capáková added.

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