On 01 March 2019, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General, paid a visit to 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 included a briefing, during which the JALLC explained Who We Are, What We Do and Why We Do It, and how the JALLC contributes to the transformation of the Alliance.
Ms. Rose Gottemoeller departed highlighting the important work the JALLC does and wishing the JALLC the best of luck in our role as NATO’s lead agent for Lessons Learned.
One of the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) activities is Outreach. Outreach activities aim to raise awareness of the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and how it contributes to the Alliance transformation across NATO and among Allies, Partners, and other organizations.
In this context, the JALLC supported the Romanian Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course, organized by the Training and Doctrine Directorate of the Romanian Defence Staff.
The Romanian Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course is designed to train Lessons Learned specialists to support continued and improved implementation of the Lessons Learned Capability. The course took place in Bucharest, between 18 February and 01 March and was attended by 13 students from various Romanian Military HQs. The JALLC representative briefed the audience on aspects related to innovation in Lessons Learned as well as on how new technologies could be used in support of Lessons Learned and supported the relevant syndicate discussions.
In another outreach engagement this month, the JALLC engaged with FIEP (an International Association of National Gendarmeries and Police Forces with Military Status). The JALLC was invited to address the FIEP International Affairs Commission, which got together to discuss the topic “Preparing for future international missions: organizing time for reflection”, on 12 March 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. At the address, the JALLC presented NATO's perspective on Lessons Learned, while exchanging thoughts and experiences with the participants. The presentation was welcomed with great interest and raised a lively discussion on the creation of a similar Lessons Learned capability within the FIEP.
As part of NATO’s Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2019, the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) conducted a three day Lessons Learned (LL) training course from 19 to 21 February at the Joint Force Training Centre, Bydgosz, Poland (JFTC).
The JFTC has a distinct and unique role within NATO, focusing on joint and combined training at the tactical level. Additionally, it co-operates with Allied Command Transformation, its sister organizations, national training centres, and NATO Centres of Excellence to ensure application of NATO standards and doctrine and to achieve joint tactical interoperability from Brigade to Corps level. The Centre’s motto, “Transformation Through Training,” reflects its mission.
The training course was attended by 11 JFTC members, from various services and with different subject matter expertise. The course’s main objective was to provide the Training Audience an overview of the NATO LL Capability, the analysis techniques, real life examples, practical work, success stories and challenges of a LL management system. During the visit, the JATT also supported JFTC with the assessment of the JFTC’s implementation of the NATO LL Capability.
The event was a valuable opportunity to strengthen and enlarge the LL community and network within the JFTC. It provided a common understanding on how NATO is a continuously learning organization and highlighted the benefits of lessons sharing.
On 13 February 2019, the JALLC received the visit of Rear Admiral Guy Robinson OBE, Deputy Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), and staff. The aim of the visit was for the STRIKFORNATO staff to gain situation awareness of the JALLC’s role as NATO’s Lead Agent for Lessons Learned, to present STRIKFORNATO to the JALLC and to explore the possibility of cooperation between the two.
Rear Admiral Guy Robinson, Brigadier General Jason Bohm and Brigadier General Andres Gacio had an office call with the JALLC Commander, debating NATO’s upcoming 70th Anniversary and the future relation of the two headquarters.
After the office call, the two staffs attended briefings on the JALLC and STRIKFORNATO. There, the ground for the future was laid out for the two NATO entities to cooperate and continuously transform and modernize processes, forces, and capabilities.
Rear Admiral Guy Robinson departed highlighting his hope that the visit “… is the start to a very fruitful relationship with our fellow headquarters in Lisbon.”
The JALLC has published a magazine covering the New Technologies Event 2018 which took place in October 2018.
The Magazine features articles on the various presentations which include Chief of Staff, Allied Command Transformation, Vice Admiral Bennet’s keynote speech and the JALLC Commander’s presentation on the NATO Lessons Learned Capability. The magazine also includes summaries of the presentations by the Industry and Academia Partners that were represented during the event and panel discussions that took place on the last day. You can also find an overview of the Booth Sessions and lots of information on the event itself, including how the JALLC introduced a conference web app for the first time.
On 18 December 2018, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General André Lanata (French Air Force) paid the JALLC his first visit since his appointment earlier this year.
SACT’s flying visit was fortuitously timed as the JALLC wraps up a year of innovation and transformation in the field of Lessons Learned. During a briefing with the JALLC’s Command Group, SACT was brought up to speed on the JALLC’s activities, and in particular on its newly developed Engagement Concept. This concept encompasses all of the JALLC’s activities that focus on projecting the NATO Lessons Learned Capability into the Alliance and beyond, taking the JALLC’s subject matter expertise to Partner Nations and interested organizations. SACT was also briefed on the plans for the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, coming out of the highly successful New Technologies Event held in October this year. The plans will see further improvement and expansion of the Portal’s capabilities, increasing user-friendliness, efficiency and effectiveness based on real user needs. These improvements to the Lessons Learned Capability will full under the scope of Allied Command Transformation’s wider Emerging and Disruptive Technologies Roadmap which includes an enabling line of effort dedicated to Lessons Learned, highlighting the importance of this capability for the future of the Alliance.
The General was also briefed on the JALLC’s Analysis Concept which covers the two types of analysis conducted by the JALLC:
Joint Analysis, which focuses on understanding the root causes of NATO-wide complex problems and making recommendations for ways and means to resolve such problems; and
Active Portal Content Management (APCM), which focuses on understanding the wider implications of the data in the NLLP in terms of trend analysis and other relevant statistical analysis.
SACT then took the opportunity to address the JALLC’s staff noting that, at the end of these first three months of his tenure, he now is beginning to get a better understanding of Allied Command Transformation’s activities and the way ahead. In that context he highlighted his priorities for the strategic command one of which is innovation and how it is more important than ever to ensure that the Alliance remains relevant in this high-speed world we live in. He also underlined the importance of Lessons Learned to the Alliance and how it is underpins all the other activities as the first place to go before starting anything new.
The General left the JALLC with a better understanding of its activities, its achievements, and its plans as well as how the JALLC fits into the bigger ACT and NATO picture. He finally wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.
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.