The Case for a National Defence Course

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This executive briefing by Lt Gen (ret) Arto Räty, former Director Finland’s National Defence Course, will discuss Finland's successful National Defence Course and how it can be adapted by other countries.

Finnish national security is based on the Total Defence concept and the National Defence Course forms a key part of this policy. The course, which now has a two year waiting list, brings together leaders from the armed forces, government leadership, the private sector and civil society for immersive national defence education. 

There is a strong case for similar National Defence Courses in other countries as well and this briefing by Lt Gen (ret) Arto Räty will explain the course’s structure objectives.

Speaker biography
Arto Räty joined Fortum Corporation in 2016. As Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications, he is responsible for public affairs, communications, sustainability, the Fortum brand and corporate security.

Prior to Fortum, Räty was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence of Finland and Director of the National Defence Policy Unit. He also served as Director of the National Defence Course.

In addition, Räty served in various positions within the Finnish Defence Forces and in international crisis management operations (KFOR, UNIFIL). He was Finnish Liaison Officer at NATO HQ and PCC SHAPE in Brussels. Räty was the Chairman of the Finland’s Security Committee in 2011-2015, and a member of the Emergency Supply Council.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0815.

To attend this event, please e-mail Sabrina Downey, Director, Projects and Events:

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