This year the JALLC is once again hosting an annual get together for the NATO Lessons Learned (LL) Community. The NATO LL Conference (NLLC) 2019, which will be held from 14 to 16 October, will combine the traditional NLLC concept—which focusses on a theme of relevance to the NATO LL-Community—with the NATO New Technologies Event (NTE) concept—which was launched successfully last year, and which provides a forum to present and discuss New Technologies in the context of LL.
During the first two and a half days of the event, Attendees will receive briefings and presentations on the main conference theme of: Improving the NATO LL Capability in order to enhance NATO's warfighting capability. This theme is right at the heart of what the JALLC does in terms of Lessons Learned and includes presentations on related topics from JALLC staff as well as from prominent guest speakers. The conference format also provides an opportunity for group discussion and audience interaction and will be another interesting edition of this revered event in the NATO LL Calendar.
The last afternoon of the NLLC is given over to New Technologies in the LL Context and follows on from the NTE in 2018. Attendees to this last afternoon of the NLLC will be focussing on insights and best practices relevant for the development of a new LL Toolset. Again, attendees will be briefed by subject matter experts from the JALLC, the wider NATO structure, as well as from Non-NATO Entities. Attendees will have also the opportunity to share their ideas and contribute their requirements for a future NATO LL Toolset.
The NLLC 2019 will be held at Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) in Carcavelos. Sat sweetly in between Lisbon and the beautiful coastal town Cascais, Nova SBE was recently inaugurated and boasts some impressive facilities and a fantastic location for the NLLC 2019. You can find out more about NOVA SBE here: https://www2.novasbe.unl.pt/en/about-us/nova-sbe-at-a-glance.
The 7th Lessons Learned Workshop (LLWS ) of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE) was conducted at Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain, from 11 to 13 June 2019.
Two JALLC Staff members attended this workshop. They led a panel on "Information Exchange and National Solutions" and gave presentations on the NATO LL Portal and the Analysis Process used in JALLC projects.
The aim of the LLWS was to feed information to the NATO Lessons Learned structures to contribute to the improvement of NATO and national operations and to increase the knowledge of the missions that different nations/agencies are conducting in countries with a high IED threat, in order to facilitate and enhance interaction in the multinational C-IED community.
The LLWS focussed on several topics relating to LL in the C-IED disciplines, like threat analysis from the theatre, support to NATO training activities, and cooperation amongst the COEs.
The C-IED COE is an International Military Organization, manned and funded by contributions from 12 Nations. Although it is accredited by NATO, a COE is not part of the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but forms part of the wider framework supporting the NCS.
Logistics units from 30 nations gathered together in northern Poland from late May to mid-July in order to “exercise multinational logistics and to enhance interoperability among nations.” Planned and coordinated by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) in Prague, and supported by Poland as Host Nation (HN), Exercise CAPABLE LOGISTICIAN 2019 (CL19) served as an opportunity to train NATO and Partner Nations, NATO Command Structure (NCS), and NATO Force Structure (NFS), among others. CL exercises are conducted, typically, every two years, with participation varying according to nations’ willingness and availability. A large part of the value of the exercise comes from the reporting of the Evaluation, Analysis, and Reporting Cell (EARC), which uses a team of functional area experts (areas include water, fuel, smart energy, and ammunition, among others) to make observations, analyses, and evaluations of various parts of the exercise. The results of this work are pulled together in a final exercise report, using the NATO Lessons Identified format, to make recommendations directly to the various standardization boards and working groups within the NATO Military Committee.
To support the EARC's process and products, the JALLC has deployed a small team of civilian and military analysts to CL iterations in 2013, 2015, and 2019. The JALLC team plays a key role by integrating into the EARC, ensuring the quality of the data collected, and providing the analytical support to bring the bigger "NATO picture" to the functional area experts’ individual observations. The work of the EARC at each of these exercises has resulted in over 50 different observations across logistics functional areas and even more recommendations. In fact, over 90% of the recommendations from the CL15 report were endorsed by the Nations through the Military Committee, resulting in direct input and improvements to NATO military doctrine, tactics, and procedures at the heart of NATO standardization and interoperability. The final reporting from CL19 will be no different and is expected in autumn 2019.
Today, 24 June 2019, the JALLC celebrated the change of command from Brigadier General (BGEN) Antonio Nascimento from the Portuguese Air Force to BGEN Bogdan Cernat from the Romanian Army. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency, Ioana Bivolaru, the Ambassador of Romania to Portugal, the Portuguese Chief of Defence, Admiral Silva Ribeiro, the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Army, General Jose Nunes de Fonseca, Vice Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Vice Admiral Jorge Novo Palma representing the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, the Portuguese Air Force Chief of Staff, General Nunes Borrego, and other distinguished guests as well as the JALLC staff.
During the ceremony, BGEN Nascimento reminded the audience of the achievements of the JALLC in the past year, including the consolidation of the ongoing changes in connection with the refocussing of the JALLC's mission, as well as the development of a plan to ensure incremental improvements to the NATO Lessons Learned Portal using new technology, and the importance of the Analysis Projects covering NATO-wide topics such as Building Integrity, Lessons from Trident Juncture 2018, New Technologies for Lessons Learned.
After the change of command ceremony, the JALLC’s new commander, BGEN Cernat, addressed the audience noting that his first impression of the JALLC was positive and that, “We must be ready to respond to the challenges the Alliance faces and serve the Allies in the best way possible.” His speech reflected the necessity to keep the JALLC flexible, responsive, and resilient in the face of the challenges the Alliance faces.
The new Commander JALLC, BGEN Bogdan Cernat, was born in Bucharest, Romania. Throughout his career BGEN Cernat has received several awards and medals, granted by various entities, including at the presidential level. His full CV is available at the JALLC official webpage.
As part of a visit to Portugal, the NATO's Investment Committee (IC) visited the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) on Wednesday, 29 May.
The Chairperson of the Investment Committee, Mr. Francesco Romano, was welcomed by the acting JALLC Commander, Colonel Angel Santamaria. During the visit, Mr. Luca Ranise, Head of the Budget and Finance Branch, updated the IC on JALLC’ s role within the Alliance as the Lead Agent for Lessons Learned and on the projects to be carried out in the near future regarding the JALLC facilities.
The NATO Investment Committee is responsible for the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). The NSIP covers major construction and command and control system investments, which are beyond the national defence requirements of individual member countries. It supports the roles of the NATO Strategic Commands by providing installations and facilities such as air defence communication and information systems, military headquarters for the command structure and for deployed operations, and critical airfields, fuel systems and harbour facilities needed in support of deployed forces.
The visit was hosted by the Portuguese Ministry of Defence and included visits to the NCI Academy, Navy, and Air Force.
The opening remarks were delivered by the JALLC Commander, Brigadier General António Nascimento. In his statement, General Nascimento underlined the importance of NATO-Partner Nation cooperation and emphasized the added value of this cooperation in addressing the common challenges faced by the Partner Nations and JALLC.
The seminar revolved around the JALLC, its organization and missions. The six key activities (NATO Lessons Learned Portal, Analysis, Training, Outreach, Support to Operations and Exercises, and Lessons Learned Events) were covered and subject of a fruitful discussion.
The seminar was attended by 25 Partner National Military Representatives who, at the end, express the opinion that is had been a successful event that further strengthened our mutual resolve and demonstrated the benefits of cooperation through partnerships.
As part of NATO's Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2019, the JALLC provided a three-day Lessons Learned (LL) training course, at the QAF Officers Training institute, located on the Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College in Doha, Qatar.
The visit was led by General Mohammed B. Al-Badr, head of the Army Training Directorate of the QAF general staff. Attendees included officers from various branches of the QAF.
Throughout the training, the participants got acquainted with the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and Process, having also a chance to familiarize with basic analysis techniques applied to Lessons Learned scenarios.
The event took place in the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), initiated in 2004 during the NATO summit. During the summit NATO leaders decided to launch the ICI with selected countries in the Middle East. The ICI stands alongside NATO's Partnership for Peace and the Mediterranean Dialogue programs.