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A group of students from International Office is the driving force behind the University's new Security and Defence Club.

20 | 12 | 2021

Raise awareness of the importance of Security and Defence through four domains: Leadership and Influence, Critical and Inventive Thinking, Projects and skill and Service-Learning. This is the goal of the new Security and Defence Club (CSD) of the University of Navarra, promoted by a group of students of the Degree de International Officecoordinated by Professor Salvador Sánchez Tapia.  

"The CSD is constituted as a point of meeting open to University students interested in security issues, regardless of the Degree and the course they study. The aim is to improve the knowledge of these topics by means of talks with experts, film forums, discussion forums, visits to facilities or organisations related to security, exchange news, publication of articles, and in many other ways", explains Professor Sánchez Tapia.

The club also aims to encourage students at the University to knowledge security and defence issues, to raise awareness of their importance for the development of any other activity, and to help discover areas of professional development .

In addition to this, the CSD acts as a focal point for security and defence activities within School Law. In this role, it channels the participation of Degree students at International Office and the Degrees doubles in activities with the Armed Forces such as the 'Blue Hat', 'Green Beret' or 'Joint Decision' exercises.

visit to Araca Military Base

The club's first activity took place on 22 November, when a group group of twenty-seven students from the University travelled to the Araca Military Base (Vitoria) to visit the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Spain during the execution of its exercise "Steadfast Leda" 21 certification as headquarters for on-call combat operations during 2022. 

On arrival at the barracks, the students were introduced to the exercise and to Vulpécula, a fictitious country to which NATO has deployed for a combat operation. Equipped with combat gear - helmet and flak jacket - the students visited the Alternative Command Post (PCALT), where Lieutenant General Fernando García-Vaquero Pradal, head of the Army Corps, welcomed them and spoke to them about the current security environment, the role of NATO and NATO Headquarters in that environment, and the importance of robust and reliable security.

The group then received a briefing on the exercise and toured some of the facilities: transmission centre, Military Police access control to the Command Post - where an intruder control exhibition was held - and, finally, area of the Command Post services.