Did you know that the JALLC provides vital Lessons Learned support to NATO's Exercises?
In order to ensure that Allied Military Forces from different Nations can work together during an operation (what the military call: Interoperability) and that they are ready and responsive, these forces need to train and exercise together on a regular basis.
NATO Exercises come in different formats including Live Exercises in which actual forces participate and Command Post Exercises or Computer Assisted Exercises which are HQ exercises involving commanders and their staffs, and communications within and between participating headquarters, in which NATO and friendly forces, as well as opposing forces are simulated. All types of NATO Exercises are opportunities for the Alliance to learn what works well and what needs to be improved so that when our Allied Military Forces are deployed to a mission or an operation, they are fully prepared. Analysis and Reporting of the exercise—which encompasses the Lessons Learned process—are included in the final stages of the exercise process, but the JALLC's support to the exercise Lessons Learned process actually begins right at the start of the exercise planning process, which takes about two years from planning to final reporting.
During the planning phase of the exercise, JALLC subject matter experts provide support and advice, based on Lessons Learned from previous exercises, on the specifications of an Exercise (that’s the basic story line of what is going to be practised/tested during the exercise).
During the exercise process, the JALLC also provides Lessons Learned support and advice at relevant milestones where Lessons can and should be captured. Although the JALLC doesn’t actively collect lessons or become part of the Lessons Learned team of a particular exercise, it does provide support and advice to the team, and particularly to the Lessons Learned Staff Officers, responsible for collecting and processing Lessons during the exercise.
The JALLC also provides Lessons Learned training to ensure that those responsible for the Lessons Learned Process during the exercise know how to do it, when to do it, and what to do next. This training is vital to ensure that valuable Lessons are collected from the Exercise, properly analysed and processed, and ultimately learned before the next exercise, operation or mission. This is how NATO ensures that it really learns from its exercises.
The JALLC has a dedicated Support to Exercises team and works closely with our NATO Lessons Learned Portal Management Team and our Outreach and Training Teams to ensure that the valuable Lessons from NATO Exercises can contribute to the Improvement, Innovation, and Transformation of the Alliance.
On 02 September 2002 the JALLC opened its doors for business for the first time. The precursor body to the JALLC was the Permanent Maritime Analysis Team (PAT) based at Northwood, UK, which conducted operational analysis of NATO maritime exercises using a staff predominantly composed of naval officers. The PAT, suitably augmented, formed the core of the team tasked with analysis of the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) and Stabilization Force (SFOR) operations in the Former Yugoslavia. The final report by the IFOR Joint Analysis Team recognized the lack of a standing NATO joint analysis capability, which led to the formation of a NATO Working Group tasked to develop the concept for a JALLC.
The operational requirement for the JALLC was approved by the NATO Military Committee (MC) in June 1997 and the detailed the JALLC implementation concept, which also recommended that the JALLC be located in Portugal, was approved by the MC on 07 December 2001. The JALLC was activated on 02 September 2002, was formally opened on 06 December 2002 and declared full operational capability on 28 March 2006.
The JALLC's present staff celebrated the JALLC's 16th birthday with an informal barbeque in the JALLC's courtyard. The Commander toasted the JALLC and wished everyone, including the distinguished guests from the Portuguese Air Force base, which hosts the JALLC, happiness and good health.
From 16-18 October 2018, the Civil-Military Centre of Excellence (CCOE) will host the Workshop Analysis Makes the Difference, in The Hague, Netherlands. The workshop aims to strengthen cooperation between the military and civilian spheres by enhancing mutual trust and confidence between NATO, its partners and other international actors. One of the syndicates concentrates on CIMIC Lessons Learned.
The CIMIC Lessons Learned syndicate is a 3-day training course, delivered by the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC). The purpose of the training is to enhance the participant’s awareness in NATO Lessons Learned processes, tools and information sharing with the prospect of fostering cooperation and to improve CIMIC's experience capability. Throughout the training, the participant will get acquainted with NATO's organizational learning, observation collection, basic analysis techniques as in order to cultivate the collection and sharing of CIMIC Lessons Learned.
On 29 August 2018, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier French Air Force visited Portugal to attend a ceremony at the Salão Nobre (Ceremonial Room) of the Portuguese Ministry of Defence, where he was awarded the Portuguese Cross of St. Jorge Medal, 1st Class, by the Portuguese Chief of Defence, Admiral Antonio Silva Ribeiro.
The Cross of St. Jorge Medal is awarded to military or civilians, Portuguese or foreign, by the Portuguese military authorities in recognition of exceptional service in the technical-professional field, high competence, extraordinary performance and relevant personal qualities that contributed significantly to the efficiency, prestige and success of the Portuguese Armed Forces.
The medal was awarded to General Mercier in recognition of his outstanding support to the accomplishment of the mission of the Portuguese Armed Forces within NATO and his exceptional leadership and dedication to the JALLC’s location in Portugal, role, and output for the benefit of NATO. The ceremony was attended, among others, by a number of staff from the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), which being part of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, is under the command of General Mercier. The JALLC is NATO’s lead agency for Lessons Learned. All JALLC staff congratulate General Mercier on his receiving the Cross of St. Jorge Medal.
As part of the preparation for Exercise Capable Logistician 2019 (CL19), representatives of the Evaluation, Analysis, and Reporting Capability (EAR-C) Team came to the JALLC to receive Lessons Learned, interoperability evaluation, and analysis related training from JALLC instructors. Exercise CL19 is a Logistic Standardization and Interoperability Field Training Exercise focusing on logistics command and control, as well as theatre level logistics. It will be hosted by Poland in spring 2019.
The EAR-C will assess the interoperability and standardization of the logistical systems and equipment, as well as the commonality of procedures and information/reporting requirements during CL19. These assessments will form the basis for recommendations for improvements that will enhance the overall interoperability and standardization of the logistics systems in support of current and future coalition operations.
The JALLC welcomed the team, highlighting the importance of the EAR-C work and emphasizing the need for such venues as CL19. Further, the importance of standardization and interoperability within the Alliance was noted and participants from the EAR-C were provided with information on the ongoing restructuring efforts at the JALLC, including an explanation of how these improvements will benefit the Alliance.
The EAR-C appreciated the training and support provided by the JALLC and will use the upcoming exercise as a testbed for new LL related technology that the JALLC is currently exploring.
Today, 16 July 2018, the JALLC celebrated the change of command from Brigadier General (BGEN) Mario Barreto to BGEN Antonio Nascimento in the presence of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier, the Portuguese Chief of Defence, Admiral Antonio Silva Ribeiro, and representatives from NATO, including Military Attachés and Portuguese Flag Officers.
During the ceremony, BGEN Barreto reminded the audience of the achievements of the JALLC over the past two years, including the new visual identity of the JALLC, the improvements to the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, and the upcoming New Technologies Event planned for this October. After the change of command ceremony, during which the JALLC flag passes symbolically between the commanders, the JALLC’s new commander, BGEN Nascimento, addressed the audience noting that his impression of the JALLC is very positive and, despite the relatively short time he will lead the organization (one year), he intends to make that time count. SACT closed the ceremony with a few words of thanks to the JALLC and its staff, noting the ability of the JALLC to adapt quickly to its refocussed mission and welcomed BGEN Nascimento to NATO, Allied Command Transformation, and the JALLC.
SACT and the new Commander JALLC formally celebrated the change of command by cutting a special commemorative cake which was then shared with all present. A full feature of the change of command will be included in the next edition of the JALLC's newsletter, The Explorer.
The NATO-wide Executive Development Programme (NEDP) is NATO's prestigious nine-month course, designed specifically for civilians working in NATO wanting to expand their NATO-horizons. It is comprised of a mix of residential and distance learning modules aimed at building and developing a network of talented international civilians from across the Alliance. The intensive course not only enhances the participants’ knowledge of NATO, its identity, and core values, but also provides insights into a rapidly changing world and the global security environment.
Up to 24 participants are selected each year from across NATO after a rigorous selection procedure to ensure that NATO's best and brightest civilians get the opportunity to expand their horizons and gain a better understanding of the Alliance. The five residential modules see participants travelling across the NATO globe to meet key leadership from NATO HQ, both strategic commands, and various other entities and agencies in NATO that play a significant role in the Way NATO Works. The nine-month distance learning modules take place via an interactive learning platform and cover topics specific to NATO but also more general business management topics
In 2017, the JALLC's Editor, Jodie Lazell, successfully applied to the NEDP and began her learning journey with 23 other NEDP participants hailing from all over NATO, including the International Staff, the Joint Force Training Centre, Joint Force Command Brunssum, and the NATO Information and Communications Agency, to name but a few. The journey began and ended in Brussels with trips to Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, and to the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy, which gave participants face-to-face time with NATO leadership to learn about the organization and ask questions.
An important part of the NEDP is the analysis project that is assigned to NEDP project teams made up of participants. This year four projects were assigned to the teams covering: Business Continuity, Alternative Analysis. Centres of Excellence, and the project that Jodie worked on: Fostering Alliance Innovation.
The NEDP projects are intended to provide added value for the Alliance and require participants to propose solutions to problems that have been identified by NATO entities acting as project sponsors. The NEDP project teams have the full nine-months to complete the work that includes collecting and analysing data, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations, writing a report on the work conducted, and ultimately presenting findings at the final residential module at NATO HQ in Brussels to a distinguished audience of NATO colleagues.
The JALLC is proud to announce that another of its staff has been accepted into this prestigious programme for the next cycle. The JALLC's Senior Operational Research Analyst, Ms. Katie Mauldin, will join the NEDP for the 2019-2020 cycle. We wish her lots of luck and learning on her journey.