The JALLC Joint Advisory and Training Team deployed to Jordan, one of the seven members of the NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue, to provide NATO Lessons Learned training to the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) from 22 to 26 October, at the Joint Centre for Strategic Studies and Lessons Learned (JCSSLL). The JCSSLL was created in 2010 to provide strategic studies on the regional security environment and to build a national LL capability, aligned with the one in NATO.
The training objectives included providing support to the improvement of the Jordanian Lessons Learned (LL) capability and to the enhancement of its interoperability with the NATO LL Process. In total, 18 officers of various services from the JAF attended the course.
The topics delivered included an introduction to NATO's and JALLC's Organization and Mission, the NATO LL Capability, and the definition and practice of the Observation, Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendation (ODCR) format. Additionally, the training also covered an Introduction to Analysis and Analysis Techniques, the NATO Lessons Learned Portal and Communities of Interest, and NATO Lessons Learned in exercises and operations.
The International Conference on the topic “The Hybrid War Decade: Lessons Learned to Move Forward Successfully” took place, from 07 to 08 November 2018. The conference participants analysed the first decade of hybrid war, the lessons learned and came up with recommendations for an effective way ahead.
The JALLC Commander, BGen António Nascimento, COL Laszlo Toth and LTC Paulo Dias attended the conference on behalf of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, which was held by the NATO-Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare and saw government officials from the Ukraine and other nations taking part in the discussions.
Discussions on conference related themes included the political, military, informational dimensions of hybrid warfare, cyber threats, and activities of special services.
Videos of the conference are available in YouTube, at:
On 02 November 2018, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, visited the JALLC in order to gain a better understanding of the role the JALLC plays within NATO, the NATO Lessons Learned Process and the JALLC's contribution to the Alliance’s objectives.
The visit started with an Office Call with Brigadier General António Nascimento – the Commander of the JALLC – followed by a briefing, during which the JALLC explained its Engagement and its Analysis Concept, how the JALLC conducts its activities, and its contribution to the transformation of the Alliance.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach departed highlighting the NATO's need to consistently learn from missions, operations, training, exercises, and activities in order to identify improvements that allow NATO to continuously transform and modernize processes, forces, and capabilities.
The JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) provided a three-day Lessons Learned (LL) training course from 30 September to 05 October 2018 at the NATO- Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre in Kuwait city.
20 officers, from various services attended the course. The course’s main objective was to create awareness and provide an overview of the NATO LL capability. Among the participating officers were those from the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar.
The NATO-ICI Regional Centre was inaugurated by NATO Permanent Representatives and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg together with His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, on 23 January 2017. The NATO-ICI Regional Centre’s objective is to improve the common understanding of security challenges by creating a level of interoperability and standardization that enables closer cooperation between NATO and its partners in the region.
As part of NATO’s Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2018, the JALLC participated in the Workshop “Analysis Makes the Difference” organized and hosted by the Civil-Military Centre of Excellence (CCOE) from 16-18 October 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the cooperation between the military and civilian spheres by enhancing mutual trust and confidence between NATO, its partners, and other international actors. One of the workshop’s syndicates focused on Lessons Learned and comprised a three-day training course, delivered by the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT).
The goal of the training was to enhance the participants’ awareness of the NATO Lessons Learned Process and Tools and to explain the importance of information sharing with the aim of fostering cooperation and to improving the CIMIC activities.
Throughout the training, 17 participants from both military and civilian institutions, as well as Academia, got acquainted with the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and Process, and had a chance to familiarize themselves with basic analysis techniques applied to Lessons Learned scenarios.
The event was a valuable opportunity to strengthen and enlarge the LL community and network within NATO and with some of the players that cooperate with it in the CIMIC environment.
At the request of the Azerbaijan International Military Cooperation Department, the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) provided a three-day Lessons Learned (LL) training course at the General Staff Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan from 24 to 29 September 2018.
20 officers of all services attended the course. The main objective was to create awareness and provide insight into the NATO LL Capability. The course participants were a highly motivated, spirited, and engaged audience. One of the course speakers was Lieutenant Colonel Azer Movsumov, a representative of the LL Branch within the G5 of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces. He gave an informative presentation about Azerbaijan national LL capability.
Since the establishment of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces LL Branch in 2013, both the JALLC and the Azerbaijan Armed Forces LL Branch have maintained keep a close relationship which was emphasized in January 2017 with the posting of Major Ahmad Huseynov, from the Azerbaijan Armed Forces LL Branch, to the JALLC as a LL Staff Officer.
On 01 October 2018, Vice Admiral Paul Bennet, Chief of Staff Allied Command Transformation, visited the JALLC in order to improve awareness and understanding regarding the role of the JALLC within NATO, the Lessons Learned Process and JALLC's contribution to the Alliance’s objectives.
The visit started with an Office Call with Brigadier General António Nascimento – the Commander of the JALLC – followed by a tailored briefing, during which Vice Admiral Bennet was able to discuss the Lessons Learned Processes and the outputs of the JALLC, deriving from its refocused mission.
Vice Admiral Bennet departed with words of appreciation for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the JALLC, and expressing his willingness to support the JALLC as it moves forward in its new path as NATO lead agent for Lessons Learned. This idea of total commitment to the Lessons Learned process was reinforced by the JALLC's Commander, who also stressed that the way forward is for the increase in the sharing of lessons learned, by NATO and nations.