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Deputy Chief of Staff to Joint Force Development, Vice Admiral Alfonso Fernández de Córdoba visited the JALLC

Vice Admiral Alfonso Fernández de Córdoba visiting the JALLC

On 03 October 2019, Vice Admiral Alfonso Fernández de Córdoba, Deputy Chief of Staff to Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) Joint Force Development Directorate, visited the JALLC in order to improve awareness and understanding of the JALLC's role within NATO, the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and the JALLC's contribution to the Alliance’s objectives.

The visit started with an Office Call with Brigadier General Bogdan Cernat, the JALLC’s Commander, followed by a tailored briefing during which Vice Admiral Fernández de Córdoba was able to discuss the NATO Lessons Learned Processes and the JALLC’s activities and products.

Vice Admiral Fernández de Córdoba departed with words of appreciation for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the JALLC.  He also added that in this unique period of change for ACT and NATO, he was looking forward to working with the JALLC over the next few years.

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The JALLC opens its doors to three groups of visitors

Three groups of visitors in JALLC

The JALLC is always ready to open its doors to visitors who want to find out more about what the organization does and how Lessons Learned contribute to the transformation of the Alliance. Over the past couple of weeks, the JALLC has received visits from three distinguished groups: the Directorate of Research, Doctrine, Organization and Materiel (DIDOM) from Spain, 50 participants on the Portuguese Air Force Senior Enlisted Course and their supervisors, and 32 participants on the Portuguese Junior Diplomatic Service Officers Course and their professors.

The JALLC has a basic tour and visit programme for its visitors which is tailored to meet each visiting group’s specific interests. Our visitors might like to know more about how the NATO Lessons Learned Capability works, or perhaps how Joint Analysis contributes to the NATO Lessons Learned Process, or even how the JALLC’s Advisory and Training Teams reach out to the Allies and partners across the globe. Each visit is unique and is accompanied by a team of JALLC staff assigned especially for the purpose because of their expertise or background to ensure our visitors have the most informative and enjoyable visit possible.

Visitors are invited to sign the book of honour and pictures are taken to commemorate the visit.

These recent three visits were no different and the JALLC’s Command Group and staff had the pleasure of meeting and exchanging ideas and views with the visitors in presentations, discussion sessions, and office calls.

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NATO LL Conference 2019

JALLC staff and conference location

This year’s conference will return to a more traditional conference format with a fascinating variety of speakers from NATO, Nations, Partners and Academia. You will have the chance to share insights into the latest LL developments in NATO, engage with leadership perspectives on LL, learn from studies into what works and what doesn’t work and how to incorporate best practices into your everyday work, discover new tools to support your work, and be part of the requirements definition for NATO's new LL toolset

Among our distinguished speakers this year, we are honoured to welcome General Ilmars Lejins, NATO HQ SACT Assistant Chief of Staff Joint Forces Development, Rear Admiral James A. Kirk, Chief of Staff NATO Joint Warfare Centre and published authors Prof. Heidi Hard and Dr Tom Dyson.
We will also use a new high tech approach to audience participation which will enable your full active participation throughout. We look forward you joining us and the rest of the NATO LL Community for a riveting three days at our modern beachfront conference venue.

Photos by NOVA SBE and JALLC

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JALLC Staff brush up their Analytical Thinking and Writing Skills

JALLC staff at Analytical Thinking and Writing Skills class

On 23 and 18 September, the JALLC's Editor, Ms. Jodie Lazell, delivered another iteration of the Analytical Writing Methods Course to JALLC newcomers and those who wanted to refresh their organized thinking and drafting skills.  The course—five modules—focusses on providing students with the tools and skills necessary to organize their thoughts before they start writing and then how to build a solid argument.  The course also includes modules on critical thinking and how to review documents which provides the students with an additional perspective when it comes to writing analytical documents

JALLC staff produce a wide variety of documents on a daily basis, from Joint Analysis Reports to NATO Lessons Learned Capability Assessment Reports, from Lessons Learned Active Content Management Reports to Point Papers on a host of Lessons Learned related topics.  It is therefore important that the JALLC's staff are able to write clear, concise, and well-argued pieces.  This course is always well-received and forms part of the JALLC's wider in-house training programme which also includes the well-known JALLC Analyst Training Course.

The next iteration of the JALLC's Analytical Writing Methods Course will take place in the spring of 2020.  Final dates will be announced when available.

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JALLC meets with Air-Land Integration Experts to discuss future study

Meeting at JALLC_1

Subject Matter Experts (SME) gathered at the JALLC from 06 to 08 August to take part in an Air-Land Integration (ALI) Workshop in support of a study currently being conducted by the JALLC into the current NATO Tactical Air Command and Control (TacAirC2) Model and how it could be optimized in a Major Joint Operation Plus (MJO+) scenario to enable effective dynamic ALI.

Meeting at JALLC_2

In total, 21 SMEs participated in the Workshop who came from HQs from across the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure, and from National entities such as the US 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (19th BCD), the US 4th Air Support Operations Group, and the UK Air Support Operations Squadron (UK ASOS). The principal aim of the Workshop was to provide a forum for SMEs to discuss the current challenges associated with NATO TacAirC2, receive briefings on how Nations conduct TacAirC2, and discuss potential options and risks associated with conducting effective TacAirC2 in an MJO+ scenario.

Meeting at JALLC_3

The Workshop was spread over two and half days. The first day was dedicated to a series of briefings that included a presentation by a representative from HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) to outline the background to the study. A representative from Allied Air Command provided its perspective on the topic, and briefings were also provided by representatives from the 19th BCD and UK ASOS on how they conduct TacAirC2 in their respective Nations. Additionally, a representative from the Deployed Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) provided a brief on Exercise EAGLE METEOR 2019 which, later this year, will be a data collection venue for this JALLC study.

The second day was dedicated to syndicate work. Attendees were split into two groups for two separate syndicate sessions dedicated to developing three outputs: first, the projected Air-Land structure in an MJO+ scenario with their respective liaison and command elements; second, the creation of Business Process Models to capture the current and future air support request processes; and third, potential options to enable dynamic ALI. The third day focused on consolidation of the previous days’ discussions and agreement on how the JALLC could take the project forward in terms of further data collection opportunities.

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The NATO Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course is 10

The Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course 10

In June 2019, NATO’s Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) and the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT), celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the NATO Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course (LLSOC) in Stockholm, Sweden.

For this special edition of the LLSOC, Course Director, JALLC’s LTC Rigo Genz, was joined by seven instructors/staff members who helped facilitate the course; two of whom were part of the first edition of the LLSOC back in May of 2009: Mr Andrew Eden from the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) (a former contractor working for the JALLC) and Ms. Christine Kurzeja from the SWEDINT staff. During the course, LTC Genz, on behalf of Commander JALLC, handed over a JALLC plaque to the new SWEDINT Commander, Colonel Ronnie Nilsson, as a token of the JALLC’s appreciation for 10 years of continued support to the success of the LLSOC.

The LLSOC has been NATO’s premier course in training Lessons Learned staff officers and points of contact these last 10 years. During this successful decade of training, the JALLC has managed the course curriculum and SWEDINT has magnificently hosted the course in Sweden. The course focuses on the implementation of the NATO’s Lessons Learned Capability, covering the NATO Lessons Learned Process, relevant analysis techniques, how Lessons Learned work in operations and during training and exercises, and LL Practitioner Information.

This recent edition of the LLSOC received 36 students from 17 NATO Nations and four Non-NATO NATIONS from Australia, Austria, Finland, and the Ukraine.

The feedback from these students was that the course was well-received, as always, with an overall 97% student satisfaction. The students felt the content was well-presented with a good balance of briefs and practical exercises. The JALLC and SWEDINT will, as usual, continue to refine and improve the course curriculum based on all of the student feedback. Here’s to another 10 years of excellence in the LLSOC.

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NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2019 in the starting blocks

the nato lessons learned conference

This year the JALLC is once again hosting an annual get together for the NATO Lessons Learned (LL) Community. The NATO LL Conference (NLLC) 2019, which will be held from 14 to 16 October, will combine the traditional NLLC concept—which focusses on a theme of relevance to the NATO LL-Community—with the NATO New Technologies Event (NTE) concept—which was launched successfully last year, and which provides a forum to present and discuss New Technologies in the context of LL.

During the first two and a half days of the event, Attendees will receive briefings and presentations on the main conference theme of: Improving the NATO LL Capability in order to enhance NATO's warfighting capability. This theme is right at the heart of what the JALLC does in terms of Lessons Learned and includes presentations on related topics from JALLC staff as well as from prominent guest speakers.  The conference format also provides an opportunity for group discussion and audience interaction and will be another interesting edition of this revered event in the NATO LL Calendar.

The last afternoon of the NLLC is given over to New Technologies in the LL Context and follows on from the NTE in 2018.  Attendees to this last afternoon of the NLLC will be focussing on insights and best practices relevant for the development of a new LL Toolset. Again, attendees will be briefed by subject matter experts from the JALLC, the wider NATO structure, as well as from Non-NATO Entities. Attendees will have also the opportunity to share their ideas and contribute their requirements for a future NATO LL Toolset.

The NLLC 2019 will be held at Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) in Carcavelos. Sat sweetly in between Lisbon and the beautiful coastal town Cascais, Nova SBE was recently inaugurated and boasts some impressive facilities and a fantastic location for the NLLC 2019. You can find out more about NOVA SBE here: https://www2.novasbe.unl.pt/en/about-us/nova-sbe-at-a-glance.

You can sign up to the NLLC via the NATO Lessons Learned Portal where you can find more information about the event.

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