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JALLC Research Analyst publishes articles in Scientific Journals

Research Analyst Ulrich Pilster at work

JALLC Research Analyst Ulrich Pilster has recently published articles in two scientific journals in the field of international relations: International Studies Perspectives and Armed Forces and Society.” Both journals are listed in the Thomson Reuter’s Social Sciences Citation Index; Armed Forces and Society is ranked among the top military studies journals on Google Scholar.

Ulrich, who is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex’s Michael Nicholson Centre on Conflict and Cooperation, wrote the articles together with Dr. Tobias Boehmelt, Reader at the University of Essex, UK, and Dr. Atsushi Tago, Associate Professor at the University of Kobe, Japan

The article published in International Studies Perspectives looks at the determinants of states’ early withdrawals from military coalition operations. Ulrich and his co-authors analysed data on multilateral military interventions between 1946 and 2001 and conducted case studies of the South Korean and Australian contributions to the Vietnam War. They demonstrate in the article that characteristics of the states that participate in a military coalition operation, as well as the characteristics of the military intervention itself, drive decisions for an early withdrawal of troops. The article in Armed Forces and Society deals with the impact of security force structure on the mass killing of civilians in counterinsurgency campaigns. And was conducted using quantitative analyses of instances of armed conflict between 1971 and 2003.

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NATO Lessons Learned Conference Report Published

Lessons Learned Conference 2015 report cover

The NATO Lessons Learned Conference (NLLC) 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. The NLLC 2015 Report provides a summary of the opening speech delivered by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, General Mirco Zuliani, and the nine panels, covering six topics, as well as updates from various NATO entities and Centres of Excellence, an overview of the conference statistics, and other interesting related information.

You can download a copy of the NLLC 2015 Report here, or contact us if you would like to receive a hard copy

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From the Commander's Desk

January 2016

JALLC Commander at desk

A very Happy New Year from myself and all of us at the JALLC. After a successful close to 2015 we are looking forward to 2016: refreshed and recharged from the holiday leave period. As is the case for most organizations, January will be a busy month for us as we set up for the year ahead with plans to continue the work to update and revitalize the JALLC's standard operating procedures, templates, publications, etc. as well as finalize four existing projects and launch four new ones from our programme of work.

Last month was a very busy month at the JALLC: we published the NATO Lessons Learned Conference Report ; we closed the high profile project on Two Decades of Lessons; we sent out draft reports for two projects; we launched four new projects including one which will seek to recommend ways to improve NATO's current Lessons Learned and Knowledge Management policies and capabilities; we have been busy recruiting a new operational research analyst — representing the last of the positions to be filled in connection with the restructuring of the civilian posts at the JALLC— ; the JATT visited the Ukrainian Armed Forces to talk to them about the Lessons Learned capability; and we participated in an important workshop that reviewed the NATO Exercise Reporting Process.

Now, as everyone returns from the holiday leave period, I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring for the JALLC. Already we have plans to continue the internal revamp of our standard operating procedures, templates, publications, etc.—e.g. look out for the new-look JALLC factsheets later this year—. But the JALLC's analysts will also be getting their teeth into the new projects launched at the end of last year which will really get underway in the coming months, as well as working hard to finalize projects on: Exercise Trident Jaguar 15; how NATO is currently implementing Regional Focus; NATO's Airborne Early Warning & Control Force; and how NATO interacts with International Organizations and NGOs during its crisis management planning process. Watch out for reports and factsheets on those projects in the first quarter of 2016.

I’m looking forward to another successful year at the JALLC, full of interesting projects, original analysis, ground breaking conclusions, and useful recommendations. Happy New Year!

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LL Conference 2015

NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2015

Lessons Learned conference 2015 group picture "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

Find the NLLC 2015 Report below in this page. To find out more about previous NATO Lessons Learned Conferences, the upcoming conference, and how to register for it as a participant, please visit the NATO Lessons Learned Portal conference page.

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JALLC Staff gain Insight into NATO Strategic Decision Making

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From December 01 to 03, JALLC military and civilian analysts attended a course in Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations offered by NATO's Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) in Sofia, Bulgaria. The three-day course offered an in-depth look at how NATO plans for and responds to crises at the highest echelons of the organization. Through both excellent briefings from subject matter experts and intensive teamwork assignments, participants came away with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the interactions and procedures involved in NATO's Crisis Response process.

The JALLC's analysts were particularly interested in the different analysis techniques used by decision makers within Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and even got a chance to practice some of them themselves in the teamwork assignments. Overall, the CMDR COE provided an excellent course that allowed the JALLC's analysts to exchange valuable analysis related knowledge with other participants and the course organizers. For more information on the CMDR COE, please visit their website.

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Supporting NATO's Science & Technology Agenda

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If transformation is a journey, then innovation is the fuel and NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO) is the catalyst. Among its many activities, the STO's Systems Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel undertakes activities to promote new and improved analysis methods and techniques to address emerging issues thrown up by the evolving strategic environment.

From 19-21 October, the JALLC's Principal Operational Research Analyst attended the annual meeting of the SAS Panel at IABG in Ottobrunn, Germany where he provided an informative brief on NATO's organizational structure and decision making process to senior national delegates representing their respective national science and technology organizations. The SAS Panel met to ensure alignment of their activities with NATO's Science and Technology priorities and held fruitful discussions regarding improving visibility of SAS products in the stakeholder community.

Following the panel meeting, Allied Command Transformation hosted their annual two-day Operations Research and Analysis (ORA) conference at the same venue. The JALLC's Senior Operational Research Analyst, Jackie Eaton, chaired the stream on the future of data for ORA which highlighted the opportunities and challenges of big data and the power and potential of data farming in a future where computation is both faster and cheaper. Ms Eaton also took the opportunity to promote the SAS-111 activity on future data collection and management for analysis support to operations, which is nearing the end of its first year and is jointly chaired by Germany and the JALLC, with members from the UK, US, France, and Germany. The report covering the first year will be available in draft by the end of February 2016.

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Supreme Allied Commander Transformation visit

General Denis Mercier, SACT visti to JALLC

On 06 November 2015, just over a month after his appointment, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier of the French Airforce, honoured the JALLC with an early visit. SACT met with COM JALLC during an office call and was then briefed by the JALLC' s command group on the JALLC's organization and activities

Following this briefing, SACT addressed the JALLC members of staff. He first expressed his gratitude to Portugal and the Portuguese political and military authorities for their enduring commitment to NATO's Transformation. General Mercier then went on to present his vision for the future of Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO's posture, and Allied Command Transformation’s capacity in this respect, referring to six focus areas: Command and Control, Sustainment, Training, Partnerships, Manpower, and Capabilities. He went on to acknowledge that the JALLC's programme of work has reflected, and continues to reflect these focus areas, referencing a number of projects and activities the JALLC has recently conducted, including the NATO EXTRA Portal, reports on Ballistic Missile Defence and Cyber security awareness , and the JATT's outreach activities.

SACT complimented the JALLC's work stating that he was “extremely proud of what [the JALLC] has achieved over recent years.” He also commented on the relevance of the JALLC's products and his intention to build on the JALLC's legacy to support his vision of NATO's posture.

After his address, General Mercier presented two JALLC members of staff with well-deserved commendations; the JALLC's Chief of Staff COL J. Gomes (Portuguese Army) and the JALLC's civilian Senior Operational Research Analyst Mrs J. Eaton.

After the usual signing of the JALLC Book of Honour ceremony, General Mercier left the JALLC with a good understanding of the organization and what it means to ACT and to NATO's Transformation.

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