On 4 April 2016, the JALLC received the visit of his Excellency the Ambassador of United States of America to Portugal – Dr. Robert A. Sherman.
Throughout the visit the JALLC Commander - Brigadier-General Mircea Mîndrescu - explained the way NATO does joint analysis and the role of the JALLC in the Alliance’s Lessons Learned process.
The U.S. Ambassador was offered an inside view of several ongoing military joint analysis projects being conducted by the JALLC, during which he interacted with the various project managers.
In the words of Ambassador Sherman:
"We can only get better and make the world safer if we are willing, in a transparent way, to evaluate what we have done and make improvements for the future. The Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre’s work is critically important to achieve that."
The U.S. Defence Attaché - Colonel Glenn Lemasters Jr. - accompanied the U.S. Ambassador during his Excellency’s visit to the JALLC.
On 4 February 2016, the JALLC received a visit from his Excellency, the Ambassador of Georgia, Mr. Beshidze Revaz.
During the Ambassador's visit, JALLC Commander, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu, explained the process in which NATO conducts Joint Analysis as well as the JALLC's role in the Alliance's Lessons Learned process.
The Georgian Ambassador exchanged information about several programs that Georgia is engaged in with NATO including:
The NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC), providing the framework for close political dialog and cooperation in support of the country's reforms and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations;
The NATO Wales Summit's package of measures, which include a set of actions meant to strengthen Georgia's ability to defend itself and advance its preparations for membership;
The NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC), inaugurated in August 2015 by NATO's Secretary General.
When signing the JALLC's Book of Honour, Ambassador Revaz expressed his wishes for a deeper relationship between the JALLC and the Georgian Armed Forces.
Georgia has a special status with NATO's Partnership for Peace Program, being considered an "aspirant country" with the possibility of a full NATO membership in the future. Georgia was one of the largest non-NATO troop contributors to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
February has been a productive month for us here at the JALLC; we have published analysis reports, research papers, and articles; updated our internal procedures with the approval of the revised JALLC Project Approach, prepared new editions of the NATO Lessons Learned Handbook and the Joint Analysis Handbook, received and begun work on the JALLC's new Programme of Work; and held several meetings with new and old partners to further foster relations and ensure the JALLC remains NATO's Lead Agent for Joint Analysis and at the top of its game inside and outside of NATO.
It’s been another busy month at the JALLC. The project team conducting analysis of the Integrated Model Joint Task Force Headquarters (IM JTF HQ) published their report on Exercise Trident Jaguar 15 this month. This report looks at how a further two NATO Force Command HQs performed during an exercise during which they acted asIM JTF HQs. The factsheet on that report will be published soon. We also published a paper that presented the research from over thirty years’ worth of history, lessons, and observations of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) Force as NATO prepares to upgrade its Airborne Early Warning System for the future.
We received our new Programme of Work (POW) from ACT this month. The new POW contains, as usual, some interesting studies that will be conducted by my project teams during the course of this first semester. I look forward to presenting the results of these studies later on in the year. These new projects will be conducted according to our revised JALLC Project Approach (JPA) which I approved in January. The revised JPA ensures the JALLC's projects are run efficiently and effectively and provide useful results for our customers and enduring products for NATO. I have no doubt that the revised JPA will be a great improvement to the way the JALLC works.
We have also been working on revised editions of the NATO Lessons Learned Handbook and the Joint Analysis Handbook . Both handbooks are essential sources of Lessons Learned and Analysis related information, not only for the JALLC analysts, but for all those conducting Lessons Learned and/or Joint Analysis activities in NATO. These editions reflect changes to bring them in line with current NATO policy and guidance.
"Closing the loop: The lessons learned capability in support of NATO transformation"
The NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2015 was held from 10 to 12 November this year in Lisbon. The aim of this year’s Conference was to assess how NATO's Lessons Learned Capability supports the Alliance's ability to prepare for, and conduct, current and future military operations.
During the conference, participants explored new approaches to embed lessons from non-NATO entities (NNE) and investigated parallels with the way other organizations manage their Lessons Learned process. The conference was opened (day 1) by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, General Mirco Zuliani, and followed by three panels looking at lessons from past and ongoing operations from different perspectives and how lessons from exercises are essential to NATO transformation. The second day of the conference saw panels discussing a range of topics including lessons from exercises, how the Lessons Learned Process supports NATO transformation, and how NATO can better interact with NNEs. The conference concluded (day 3) with two panels presenting key lessons from crisis management operations, looking specifically at the Ukraine and Ebola outbreak crises
This year’s conference was a great success with over 275 participants, from 91 entities; including the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure, and various International Organization’s and NGOs, national ministries of defence, etc. representing 39 nations, nine of which are NATO Partner for Peace nations. The dates for next year’s conference will be announced later this year
On 18 March 2016, Rear Admiral Denis Bigot, SHAPE ACOS J9, visited the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), and was welcomed by Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu.
The aim of the visit was to inform RADM Bigot about the role of JALLC within NATO and the ability of the JALLC to support and contribute to NATO and nations. More specifically RADM Bigot was informed about the status of a project directly related to his area of interest and his organization.
After the office call with the Commander JALLC, RADM Bigot was provided a briefing covering an overview of JALLC activities, its mission, organization and processes. Next, both parties engaged in a dynamic discussion on subjects of mutual interest.
At the end of the visit the "Book of Honour" was signed by RADM Bigot and a group picture was taken.
On March 24, 2016, Admiral Manfred Nielson (German Armed Forces) took on the incumbency of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of NATO's Allied Command for Transformation, in Norfolk – Virginia - USA. Admiral Nielson received the post from General Mirco Zuliani (Italian Air Force), in a signing ceremony presided by NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation - General Denis Mercier (French Air Force).
The Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is the upper echelon of command and control for the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC). ACT is an allied strategic headquarters, committed to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading the transformation of military structures, forces, capabilities, and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of NATO.
Admiral Nielson comes to Allied Command Transformation after serving as Commander Joint Support Service Command of the Armed Forces of Germany.
On 2 and 3 March 2016, the JALLC organised and hosted the Centres of Excellence Programme of Work Workshop I at its facilities in Oeiras, Portugal.
This workshop was conducted by the Transformation Network Branch (TNB) of Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and brought together representatives from the headquarters of NATO as well as Supreme Allied Command Transformation, their subordinate commands, and all NATO accredited Centres of Excellence (COE). The intent was to promote early engagement of all participants in the 2017 Centres of Excellence Program of Work (POW) development cycle.
JALLC’s Chief of Staff, Colonel Jorge Gomes (Portuguese Army), opened the workshop by welcoming an audience of approximately 50 attendees. Participation was outstanding with representation from each of the 24 accredited/prospective COEs. All COEs presented on the support that they are providing to NATO as included in their 2016 POW. Additionally, all participating NATO Commands provided an initial overview of their early inputs to the 2017 COE POW while also providing feedback to the COEs regarding support received in 2015 and 2016.
The next workshop in the 2017 COE POW development cycle will take place in Norfolk, United States of America, on 21 and 22 June 2016.