Giambastiani to head global force transformation

President Bush, with NATO's endorsement, has nominated Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr. as the supreme allied commander for transformation.

The NATO commander position is new, as is Allied Command-Transformation, which was approved at last year's NATO Prague Summit.

Giambastiani currently heads the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., which conducts joint training exercises and develops new technologies to promote system interoperability among services.

Before heading the command, Giambastiani served as senior military assistant to Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

If confirmed by the Senate, Giambastiani would keep both jobs. As supreme allied commander for transformation, he will be responsible for promoting joint interoperability among the allied countries in much the same way he pushes interoperability in the Joint Forces Command.

The mission is to help allied nations adapt more flexibly to 21st-century warfare, said NATO secretary Gen. Lord George Robertson. The transformation command will replace Allied Command Atlantic.

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