Energy Security (10 MAY 2023)

The Online Seminar sought to open a debate on energy security, a topic of great relevance and importance in recent months, in view of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. With expertise offered by members of NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC) and the US Department of Energy, topics that will play a major role for NATO in the coming years were discussed, such as optimisation of energy sources, new operational concepts to ensure resilience in the field, and new initiatives to improve the resilience of energy grids and other critical infrastructure.

This seminar was co-hosted by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE) and featured by presentations provided by well-known experts and a moderated Q&A session.

  • Commander Ceyhun Ture - NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence – Education, Training and Exercise Division
  • Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Dacchille - NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence – Concept Development Division
  • Lieutenant Colonel Videt Norng - NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence – Education, Training and Education
  • Dr. Laura Johnson-Graham - US Department of Energy

In the seminar we explored:

·         The ENSEC COE’s portfolio of activities

·         Different aspects of Energy Security

·         The current conceptual framework

·         The NATO Operational Energy Concept as a part of the NATO Layered Resilience Concept

·         Coherent Resilience Exercises in coordination with civil organisations

·         US Department of Energy Resilient Grid Initiatives at the national level, and how their operational efforts at the regional level fit into the bigger picture, including a resilience dashboard of key indicators

Commander Ceyhun Ture

Commander H. Ceyhun TURE was born on 12 July 1983 in Istanbul, Türkiye. He graduated from the Turkish Naval Academy in 2005 as an Ensign and Industry Engineer. He graduated from Turkish Navy EOD Course in 2007, and NATO Operational IEDD Course in 2013. Among others, he participated in missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Active Endeavour, as Navy EOD Team Leader. He holds a master’s degree in Explosive Engineering and graduated from Turkish Navy Staff College in 2020. After 15 years serving as Navy EOD and IEDD expert, he was assigned NATO ENSEC COE as a Subject Matter Expert in Education, Training and Exercise Division in 2022. He is married and has one daughter. He speaks Turkish and English.

Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Dacchille

Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Dacchille attended the 174th  “Coraggio” Course at the Modena Military Academy from 1992 to 1994. In 2008, he was assigned to the Army General Staff as Officer in Charge of the Armament, Munitions and NBC Materials Office.  In 2012, he was redeployed to the General Affairs Office of the 5th General Affairs Department of the EMS, and in 2014, he was redeployed as Head of the Logistics Coordination Office of the Central Logistic Group of the Army. In 2015, he was appointed Commander of the 1st Very Short-Range Air Defense Group.  He was redeployed to the Logistics Organization Office of the 4th Logistics and Infrastructure Department of the Defence General Staff in 2016. In the meantime, he took part in Mission Resolute Support as Military Assistant to DCOS SPT in Kabul.  In 2019, he was reassigned to the General Office of the Secretary General of Defence and National Armaments Director. Since the 7th September 2020, he is heading the Doctrine and Concept Development Division at the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is leading the NATO Operational Energy Concept team as Project Leader.

Lieutenant Colonel Videt Norng

Lieutenant Colonel Videt Norng serves as both the United States Senior National Representative and Head of the Education, Training, and Exercise Division for the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence. He leads a team of officers from Türkiye and Lithuania.  He plans and resources the organization’s education, training, and exercise activities in support of Allied and Partner countries to advance Energy Security Awareness, Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection, and Energy Efficiency in Military Operations.  As the Energy Security Department Head representative, he is responsible for coordinating with NATO Education and Training Facilities, Allied Command Transformation Joint Forces Development Branch, and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Infrastructure and Engineering to certify Energy Security focused courses at the Strategic, Operational, and Tactical levels.  Additionally, his team is responsible for supporting Allied and Partner country Energy Security training events by providing or assisting to source subject matter experts.  His team also plans and executes the Coherent Resilience series exercise.

Ms. Laura Johnson-Graham

Dr. Laura Johnson-Graham serves as Workforce Strategy and Development Director for the Power Marketing Agency, US Department of Energy, where she has worked for 10 years. She is currently focused on implementation planning and enterprise architecture in support of the Agency’s 2024-2028 Strategic Plan.  Prior to this assignment, she served at the Headquarters, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart Germany, as Chief of Public Private Partnerships for Europe and Eurasia, where she developed and delivered a strategy and framework for engaging with the private sector, international organizations and NGOs. Laura previously served in senior leadership roles in the private sector, designing, building and running a global partnership program for consulting and technology services company ‘Accenture’. Laura’s earlier career included seven years as a Senior Manager with Accenture‘s Energy and Government practices in London, advising global and regional companies on business strategy and organizational alignment. She also served on active duty for 8 years as a US Naval Officer and an enlisted Marine.  Laura holds a PhD in Judgment and Decision-Making Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science in Psychology and Research Methods from the London School of Economics Institute of Social Psychology.  She also holds an MBA from London Business School, and completed her undergraduate work in Communication at the University of Southern California. Laura currently resides with her husband, TJ, and her 15-year-old son, Rowan, in Portland, Oregon.