What is Building integrity?
We can say that integrity is the opposite of corruption. But what do we mean by the terms integrity and corruption? According to Transparency International, corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
We know that corruption undermines the defence and security capabilities of every country, and that it causes waste of money, bad allocation of resources, and the purchase of inadequate equipment. This may endanger the life of personnel and decrease operational effectiveness.
As a matter of fact, corruption reduces public trust and acceptance of the military in general, and may erode public support for peacekeeping missions. It also reduces resources for civilian sectors of the economy, and can infect other parts of government.
Applied to a work context, an individual has integrity if they are doing their work honestly, competently and completely.
Gender in Military Operations
How do gender affect military operations and visa versa? This was the subject of NATO’s 2018 Annual Discipline Conference held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels in May.
NATO’s work on gender dates back to 2012 when the Alliance established a Special Representative for Gender under the Secretary General.
NATO has in many ways followed the United Nations work with gender. Today gender is integrated in NATO’s operational requirements and subsequently subject to operational planning and execution.
NATO BI Discipline Conference 2017
The 2017 Building Integrity Annual Discipline Conference was organized in Brussels at NATO Headquarters on 25th October.
Participants were given an introduction to the latest policy developments within the Building Integrity discipline. As well did they receive an update on NATO’s education and training policy in the field.
A special focus was set on NATO’s operational side and the subject of Building Integrity into operations planning and execution.
The conference concluded by laying a way ahead for a Discipline Alignment Plan and a Discipline Learning and Training Program.