Today, 16 July 2018, the JALLC celebrated the change of command from Brigadier General (BGEN) Mario Barreto to BGEN Antonio Nascimento in the presence of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier, the Portuguese Chief of Defence, Admiral Antonio Silva Ribeiro, and representatives from NATO, including Military Attachés and Portuguese Flag Officers.
During the ceremony, BGEN Barreto reminded the audience of the achievements of the JALLC over the past two years, including the new visual identity of the JALLC, the improvements to the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, and the upcoming New Technologies Event planned for this October. After the change of command ceremony, during which the JALLC flag passes symbolically between the commanders, the JALLC’s new commander, BGEN Nascimento, addressed the audience noting that his impression of the JALLC is very positive and, despite the relatively short time he will lead the organization (one year), he intends to make that time count. SACT closed the ceremony with a few words of thanks to the JALLC and its staff, noting the ability of the JALLC to adapt quickly to its refocussed mission and welcomed BGEN Nascimento to NATO, Allied Command Transformation, and the JALLC.
SACT and the new Commander JALLC formally celebrated the change of command by cutting a special commemorative cake which was then shared with all present. A full feature of the change of command will be included in the next edition of the JALLC's newsletter, The Explorer.
The NATO-wide Executive Development Programme (NEDP) is NATO's prestigious nine-month course, designed specifically for civilians working in NATO wanting to expand their NATO-horizons. It is comprised of a mix of residential and distance learning modules aimed at building and developing a network of talented international civilians from across the Alliance. The intensive course not only enhances the participants’ knowledge of NATO, its identity, and core values, but also provides insights into a rapidly changing world and the global security environment.
Up to 24 participants are selected each year from across NATO after a rigorous selection procedure to ensure that NATO's best and brightest civilians get the opportunity to expand their horizons and gain a better understanding of the Alliance. The five residential modules see participants travelling across the NATO globe to meet key leadership from NATO HQ, both strategic commands, and various other entities and agencies in NATO that play a significant role in the Way NATO Works. The nine-month distance learning modules take place via an interactive learning platform and cover topics specific to NATO but also more general business management topics
In 2017, the JALLC's Editor, Jodie Lazell, successfully applied to the NEDP and began her learning journey with 23 other NEDP participants hailing from all over NATO, including the International Staff, the Joint Force Training Centre, Joint Force Command Brunssum, and the NATO Information and Communications Agency, to name but a few. The journey began and ended in Brussels with trips to Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, and to the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy, which gave participants face-to-face time with NATO leadership to learn about the organization and ask questions.
An important part of the NEDP is the analysis project that is assigned to NEDP project teams made up of participants. This year four projects were assigned to the teams covering: Business Continuity, Alternative Analysis. Centres of Excellence, and the project that Jodie worked on: Fostering Alliance Innovation.
The NEDP projects are intended to provide added value for the Alliance and require participants to propose solutions to problems that have been identified by NATO entities acting as project sponsors. The NEDP project teams have the full nine-months to complete the work that includes collecting and analysing data, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations, writing a report on the work conducted, and ultimately presenting findings at the final residential module at NATO HQ in Brussels to a distinguished audience of NATO colleagues.
The JALLC is proud to announce that another of its staff has been accepted into this prestigious programme for the next cycle. The JALLC's Senior Operational Research Analyst, Ms. Katie Mauldin, will join the NEDP for the 2019-2020 cycle. We wish her lots of luck and learning on her journey.
The JALLC provided support to a seminar on Building Integrity (BI) organized by the NATO International Staff (Political Affairs and Security Policy Division) which was held on 24 and 25 May 2018. The seminar was held at the Reduto Gomes Freire base in Oeiras, Portugal and aimed at sharing experiences regarding anti-corruption issues throughout the relevant community of interest, including the NATO Command Structure (Allied Command Transformation, and Joint Force Commands Brunssum and Naples), representatives from the US and Greece, and from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
CDR Gabriel Trouvė, a JALLC LL Staff Officer, and Ms. Katie Mauldin, the JALLC’s Senior Operational Research Analyst, joined Ms Susan Pond, Head of NATO' s Building Integrity Programme in one of the sessions to lead a discussion on better ways of sharing Lessons Learned and Best Practices. Ms. Mauldin gave presented how LL process and tools might increase the anti-corruption capability for the benefit of the entire community of interest. This discussion led to the identification of a number of JALLC activities that may benefit the NATO Building Integrity Programme, such as analysis projects, assessment of the NATO LL Process and Lessons Learned Outreach Engagements.
During the seminar, the JALLC' s Chief of Staff, Colonel Santos, met with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Mr Gene Aloise, and the Head of NATO Building Integrity Programme, Ms Susan Pond. They discussed the possibility for further cooperation between the JALLC and the International Staff to benefit the NATO Building Integrity Programme and embed BI into NATO's core tasks (including defence procurement and operational engagements). Throughout the event, the administrative assistance was provided by the JALLC's detachment in Oeiras, 1SAR Fábio Santos.
The JATT was deployed to Kabul,Afghanistan, from 26 March to 06 April, to deliver Lessons Learned (LL) training. RSM is a NATO-led, non-combat mission launched on 01 January 2015, following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, and the assumption of full security responsibility by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF). Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.
The training was attended by nine RSM personnel, namely LL Staff Officers and LL Point of Contacts. It provided a common understanding on how NATO is a continuously learning organization and what is the NATO LL capability, thus highlighting the benefits of lessons sharing.
The training provided valuable contributions for the development and reinforcing of the RSM LL capability by providing inputs and advice to build a more robust LL collection and dissemination system.
As part of NATO's Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2018, the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) provided a three-day Lessons Learned (LL) training course from 16-20 April 2018 at the Algeria’s National Center for Lessons Learned (NCLL) in Algiers, Algeria.
The course was attended by 43 Algerian Officers, from various services and agencies throughout the Algerian Government. The course’s main objective was to provide NCLL staff, leadership, and all entities attending an overview of the NATO LL capability by demonstrating how NATO uses analysis techniques, real life examples, practical work, success stories, social media and the challenges of a LL management system.
The NCLL was established in 2015 and is expected to have increased responsibilities in the near future. The installed LL capability may be called upon to assist in other areas of the Algerian Government.
On 01 June, the JALLC participated in the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Security Conference, at Lisbon’s Universidade Autónoma, with a presentationby Lt Col Paulo Dias on “JALLC as the NATO's Lead Agent for Lessons Learned – NATO's Global Security.” This participation in this conference by two JALLC staff is part of an effort for the JALLC to cooperate with academia in order to foster continuous learning and be on the cutting edge of innovation.
The Portuguese Minister for Home Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, was present at the opening session of this conference. Some of the areas discussed were: "A Geo-Political Conceptualization of Security and the case of the Euro-Mediterranean Region” by Edoardo Boria (CEMAS-La Sapienza), “NATO and EU as stability providers” by Felix Arteaga (Real Instituto Elcano), “Is migration itself a security issue in the Euro-Mediterranean relations?” by Constança Urbano de Sousa (OBSERVARE-UAL), and “Western Mediterranean, migrants’ emergency and security in the 5+5 Defence initiative” by Andrea Carteny (CEMAS-La Sapienza).
The Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, founded on 13 December 1985, is the oldest private university Portugal, with 30 years of experience serving the academic and student community. The International Relations Department, which organized the conference, dates back to 1989 and aims to contribute to this scientific area through research, graduate and postgraduate training, as well as various engagements and dissemination activities.
From 02 October to 04 October, the Joint Analysis and Lesson Learned Centre (JALLC) will host the New Technologies Event (NTE18) at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. Collecting, managing, and analysing data is becoming an increasing challenge for any organization. NATO, like any other organization uses data to improve the way it works, including in the field of Lessons Learned and needs to keep up with new technologies (artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, polyglot tools, etc.) to ensure the Alliance can make the most of the information available and transform to meet current and future challenges.
NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) has implemented a Framework for Collaborative Interaction (FFCI) to increase opportunities for industry and academia to contribute to ACT capability development efforts through collaborative work. Against this background, the JALLC, in its capacity as NATO's lead agent for Lessons Learned, was tasked by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) to organize an event that would allow industry and academia to get together with NATO and national representatives to look at the suitable solutions based on New Technologies that may support LL processes and address its emerging challenges.
This event—NTE18—will take place in October in Lisbon and will play host to presentations and demonstrations of selected solutions proposed by industry and academia which have the potential to support the improvement of the NATO LL Process. The NTE18 will include trade-fair style booth session where participants will be able to engage directly with one another, as well as plenary sessions with presentations and demonstrations of potential solutions and subject matter expert panel discussions.
If you are interested in attending or participating in the NTE18, please follow the link to the event page on the NATO Lessons Learned Portal where you can find more information and follow instructions on how to register.