VIENNA, Austria (Feb. 17, 2016) -- Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, attended the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) High-Level Military Doctrine Seminar, here, Feb. 16.

The seminar, which was held Feb. 16-17, focused on changes in the military doctrines of participating countries, and the impact of those changes on security.

The seminar allowed for dialogue and exchanging views among military representatives with the aim to foster greater mutual understanding, building of trust and confidence, as well as providing a platform for political discussions on developments that may be perceived as worrisome by some participating States.

The seminar was chaired by the Forum for Security Co-operation Chairmanship of the Netherlands and is held in accordance with Chapter II of the Vienna Document 2011, which encourages participating countries to periodically hold such a seminar.

The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) works to increase military security and stability in Europe and covers some of the most fundamental politico-military agreements of the OSCE participating nations.

It helps implement landmark confidence and security-building measures to regulate the exchange of military information and mutual verification between states, as well as the Code of Conduct, a key document ensuring the democratic control of security forces. FSC also develops norms and provides practical assistance to address the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons; deals with non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and oversees the regular contact, co-operation, and sharing of military information among the participating nations.


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