On 23 May 2017, the JALLC received the NATO Lessons Learned Steering Group Meeting took place at the JALLC. This meeting followed a preparatory gathering, on 22 May 2017, by Lessons Learned staff officers from the Allied Command Operations (Mons – Belgium), the Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk – USA), and the JALLC.
During these meetings, the participants discussed the NATO Lessons Learned Optimization Plan, plans for the NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2018 and the JALLC Programme of Work.
The meetings were very fruitful, and will contribute to the coordination of future Lessons Learned-related activities within the Alliance, a vital subject for NATO's transformation.
On 23 May 2017, the JALLC Commander was present at the breaking the ground ceremony for the new NATO IT Academy in Oeiras - Portugal. The event was presided over by the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, in the presence of the Portuguese Ministry of Defence, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) General Manager Koen Gijsbers and top Portuguese officials. This event marked the start of construction of a prestigious NATO training facility in Oeiras
The NCI Academy will provide expert training to civilian and military staff from NATO and its member Nations on the Alliance’s advanced IT and cyber systems, both software and hardware. Operators trained in the Academy will go on to man NATO's IT and communications systems, as well as its air, ballistic, and cyber defences. The NCI Academy is expected to receive 6000 students attending 400 courses per year.
“We are breaking the ground for the construction of an Academy that will be a pillar of a modern, future-ready NATO,” said the General Manager in his opening speech. “The Academy will be a hub and incubator for industry, academia and vendors involved in training technology.”
The Portuguese Prime Minister said, “This NATO School is an opportunity to reinforce Portuguese capacity in an area that is absolutely critical.”
The NCIA Academy will install its cutting-edge facilities in the Portuguese Compound of Reduto Gomes Freire, in Oeiras, Portugal. The new school will share the location with other Host Nation and NATO entities, such as STRIKFORNATO and the JALLC. The contract foresees the construction of a 13,000 square metre building. Once fully operational, in the third quarter of 2019, it will replace several NCIA training facilities, including the NATO Communications and Information Systems School in Latina, Italy, and the Air Command and Control.
On 29 and 30 November 2016 the JALLC hosted the annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference (NLLC) on behalf of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT). This event brings together participants from far and wide; from NATO and non-NATO nations; and from all types of organizations, to discuss a number of topics based around the conference theme and provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge, experience, and expertise within the Lessons Learned Community, enabling the continuous transformation of the Alliance, and build relationships.
This year’s Conference was attended by 275 participants from 36 nations and focussed on the theme: The Future of Lessons Learned: Innovation and Improvement. The audience heard presentations and discussion on various topics relating to the Conference theme including on SACT’s key focus areas, innovative ideas for the future of Lessons Learned and how NATO Lessons Learned support can be improved. Highlights of the 2016 Conference include the opening video address from SACT, General Denis Mercier, updates from representatives from both Strategic Commands, and a closing address in person from Deputy SACT, Admiral Manfred Nielson.
Having the Lessons Learned Community come together at the Conference invigorated efforts to optimize the NATO Lessons Learned Process; in particular the role the JALLC will play in this respect and the future of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal. Find the NLLC 2016 Report below in this page.
On 29 November 2016, the Signing Ceremony for the NATO Force Structure (NFS) Joint Task Force (JTF) HQ Handbook took place at the 2016 NATO Lessons Learned Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Handbook was signed by Brigadier General Mário Barreto, Commander of the JALLC, Captain Reneé van Pamelen-Hollenberg, Director NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (C2COE), and Lieutenant Colonel Jacek Ropejko, Branch Chief, Quality Assurance (Lessons Learned) of the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC). Lieutenant Colonel Ropejko was representing Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander of the JWC. The Signing Ceremony marked the official launch of the Handbook.
The NFS JTF HQ Handbook is the result of a three-year cooperative effort between the JALLC, the JWC, and the C2COE. It combines observations, insights, and analysis from the TRIDENT JAGUAR series of NATO exercises, which took place in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The exercises aimed to test the readiness of NATO’s Graduated Readiness Forces (Land) to perform as JTF HQs, a role that was assigned to them as part of the framework for a new NATO Command Structure agreed at the Lisbon Summit in 2010. As the NATO transformational and operational communities developed the NFS JTF HQ concept, commanders, staff officers, subject matter experts, and analysts identified good practices and areas for further study and reflection.
Speaking at the Signing Ceremony, Brigadier General Barreto said: “It is a pleasure and an honour to sign this Handbook, which is an example of true teamwork between the JALLC, the JWC, and the C2COE. My best congratulations go to the authors and everyone else involved in its production.”
On 24 May 2017, a group of JALLC staff members visited the Portuguese Joint Operations Command in Oeiras – Portugal. The aim of this visit was to provide the NATO staff members with situation awareness about the way the Portuguese Armed Forces are organized and their missions abroad in the service of NATO, UN, EU, OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), Coalition and Bilateral Operations.
The JALLC staff members had the opportunity to visit the bunker facilities of the Joint Command and Control Centre, where they received interesting briefings about the Portuguese Special Operations; the military capabilities to support to humanitarian crisis in Portugal; and the Portuguese Verification Unit for International Arms Control. Of particular interest for the JALLC staff members was the information shared about the Portuguese Joint Lessons Learned Process and the National Joint Database of Lessons Identified.
The JALLC's visit contributed to an exchange of knowledge with the Portuguese Joint structure, sharing the Allied view on Lessons Learned.
On 18 May 2017, the JALLC received a visit from Air Commodore Ralph Reefman (NLD Air Force), Assistant Chief of Staff Defence Planning of the Supreme Allied Command Transformation (ACOS DP ACT). Air Commodore Reefman met the JALLC Chief of Staff Colonel Henrique Santos (PRT Army) and discussed several matters regarding NATO's transformation and JALLC's contribution to that.
The Air Commodore also had the opportunity to discuss with JALLC's analysts some details of specific studies that are currently being developed at the Centre.
On 21 April 2017, the JALLC received a visit from Major General Alfredo Sanz (Spanish Army), the Deputy Chief of Staff Resources for the Supreme Allied Power Europe (DCOS RES SHAPE). The purpose of Major General Sanz’s visit was to gain situation awareness on the JALLC's mission, the way theJALLCis organized and the resources available to execute the products the Alliance requires. Major General Sanz had an Office Call with Brigadier General Mário Barreto—the Commander of the JALLC—followed by a presentation about the JALLC, its products and activities. After the briefing, Major General Sanz visited the JALLC facilities.
Major General Alfredo Sanz expressed his appreciation for the visit to the JALLC, saying:
“It was a great pleasure and honour to visit the JALLC, which excels in providing NATO with findings and recommendations to help it to carry out its work with full understanding and to benefit from Lessons Learned. I found this visit extremely useful and I encourage the JALLC to keep up the high standard and spirit they show on a daily basis.”