On 01 February 2018, the JALLC was visited by the Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of the NATO Communications and Information Systems Agency (NCIA), Rear Admiral Thomas Daum (German Navy). During the office call, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mário Barreto, and Rear Admiral Daum shared and discussed their strategic visions of NATO and the new Cyber Domain of Warfare. This was a particularly interesting visit for both NATO bodies as the JALLC is currently in the process of developing and improving the NATO Lessons Learned Portal and NCIA is a key NATO entity in which regards software development.
Another topic discussed was the upcoming NATO Lessons Learned Conference which will be organized by the JALLC in Lisbon during the month of March 2018. During the conference Allied and Partner nations' officers will have the chance to provide feedback about the tools and processes NATO is using within the Lessons Learned environment.
The visit ended with the Rear Admiral signing the book of honour, where he expressed the intention carry on supporting the JALLC in its Information Technologies requirements.
On 30 January 2018, the JALLC received the visit of the Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal – His Excellency Anders Erdal. The Ambassador had an Office Call with the JALLC's Commander—Brigadier General Mário Barreto—followed by a briefing on the JALLC's mission, activities, its role, and overall contribution to the Transformation of the Alliance.
The ensuing discussion among the Ambassador and the JALLC's staff attending the briefing, provided the diplomat with an improved understanding of the Centre’s latest analytical projects and Lessons Learned related activities.
This visit formed part of the JALLC's wider outreach and communications plan which is intended to increase the JALLC's visibility both inside and outside of NATO as well as improve the understanding of the JALLC's activities and contribution to NATO.
On the morning of 26JAN18, the JALLC received the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Secretary General was accompanied by the Portuguese Minister of Defense José Azeredo Lopes and several other NATO and Portuguese dignitaries. During the visit to the JALLC, the Secretary General had an office call with the JALLC Commander Brigadier General Mário Barreto, followed by a briefing about the refocused mission of the JALLC.
After the briefing, the Secretary General addressed the staff of the JALLC, thanking them for the good work the Centre has been doing for the past 15 years, and expressing his confidence in the restructuring process the JALLC is undergoing in order to lead the Lessons Learned Process in NATO. In his address, he stated that:
"The JALLC is key for NATO's adaptation"
He emphasized this point with the example of a JALLC analysis report on Defence Metrics, which he often uses as a reference in discussions with Nations, particularly regarding the issue of burden sharing in NATO. Referring to Lessons Learned activities, the Secretary General said:
"At the end of the day, this is all about saving lives"
He finished by thanking all JALLC staff members for their commitment and contribution to the Alliance's shared security.
The video of NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, visit to JALLC
The NATO Lessons Learned Portal is the Alliance’s centralized hub for all things related to Lessons learned. It is managed and maintained by the JALLC, acting as NATO's leading agent for Lessons Learned.
Observations and Best Practices that may lead to Lessons to be Learned can be submitted to the Portal, and the JALLC will ensure that these Observations find their way through the NATO Lessons Learned Process.
The information shared on the NATO Lessons Learned Portal can help saving lives.
The little piece of information you have, may be the fragment missing to understand the bigger problem/solution – make sure you share it.