On 18 May 2016 a delegation of NATO's Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) - Centre of Excellence (CCOE) visited the JALLC. The CCOE delegation was comprised of the Centre’s Director, Colonel Roel Been (Dutch Army) and Branch Chief/Lessons Learned & Development, Lieutenant Colonel Anderson Lars Cramer (Danish Air Force). The delegation was welcomed by Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu.
The purpose of the visit was to explore the possibility of fostering a closer working relationship between the JALLC and the CCOE. Cooperation between the two organizations would benefit not only both groups as well as the whole NATO Organization.
Discussions centred on a recent JALLC analytical study, concerning NATO's interaction with Non-Military Organizations (NMOs) during military operations. The findings from that study were incorporated by the CCOE’s staff into the revised CCOE functional planning guide. These guidelines will be used in future NATO exercises.
The CCOE, located in The Hague, The Netherlands was founded in 2001 to serve as a conduit for civil-military cooperation. In 2007, the North Atlantic Council granted the CCOE the status of a NATO accredited Centre of Exellence. The three core functions of CCOE are civil-military liaison, support to the force, and to support to civil actors and their environment.
COM JALLC declared the discussions productive and emphasized the numerous opportunities of partnering the CCOE's Civil-Military interaction expertise with the JALLC's analytic skills. The JALLC looks forward to working with the CCOE in future endeavours.
From 26 to 28 April 2016, the JALLC hosted and supported the Annual meeting of the Graduated Readiness Forces (Land) (GRF(L)) HQ Lessons Learned Working Group (GRFL3WG). During the GRFL3WG meeting, which was conducted and Chaired by HQ Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), based in Izmir, Turkey, Lessons Learned subject matter experts (SME) from several of the represented NATO Commands and Centres had the opportunity to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise on learning from exercises and training events.
The members of the GRF(L) Lessons Learned Community of Interest paid special attention to the discussion surrounding their JTF HQ role and how they are capable of commanding joint operations of differing scales by providing deployable joint command and control capabilities alongside the capabilities within the NATO Command Structure.
The workshop brought together representatives from HQ Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum and HQ JFC Naples, the Joint Force Training Centre, the Joint Warfare Centre, and the JALLC, as well as representatives from LANDCOM and HQ Allied Air Command. The NATO Force Structure HQs were represented by NATO Deployable Corps (NRDC) Headquarters Greece, NRDC Italy, Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast, NRDC Spain, and the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.
February has been a productive month for us here at the JALLC; we have published analysis reports, research papers, and articles; updated our internal procedures with the approval of the revised JALLC Project Approach, prepared new editions of the NATO Lessons Learned Handbook and the Joint Analysis Handbook, received and begun work on the JALLC's new Programme of Work; and held several meetings with new and old partners to further foster relations and ensure the JALLC remains NATO's Lead Agent for Joint Analysis and at the top of its game inside and outside of NATO.
It’s been another busy month at the JALLC. The project team conducting analysis of the Integrated Model Joint Task Force Headquarters (IM JTF HQ) published their report on Exercise Trident Jaguar 15 this month. This report looks at how a further two NATO Force Command HQs performed during an exercise during which they acted asIM JTF HQs. The factsheet on that report will be published soon. We also published a paper that presented the research from over thirty years’ worth of history, lessons, and observations of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) Force as NATO prepares to upgrade its Airborne Early Warning System for the future.
We received our new Programme of Work (POW) from ACT this month. The new POW contains, as usual, some interesting studies that will be conducted by my project teams during the course of this first semester. I look forward to presenting the results of these studies later on in the year. These new projects will be conducted according to our revised JALLC Project Approach (JPA) which I approved in January. The revised JPA ensures the JALLC's projects are run efficiently and effectively and provide useful results for our customers and enduring products for NATO. I have no doubt that the revised JPA will be a great improvement to the way the JALLC works.
We have also been working on revised editions of the NATO Lessons Learned Handbook and the Joint Analysis Handbook . Both handbooks are essential sources of Lessons Learned and Analysis related information, not only for the JALLC analysts, but for all those conducting Lessons Learned and/or Joint Analysis activities in NATO. These editions reflect changes to bring them in line with current NATO policy and guidance.
"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
On 27 April 2016, the JALLC received a visit from NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, his Excellency Ambassador Sorin Ducaru. The JALLC Commander – Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu – presented the Centre as NATO's lead agent for Joint Analysis regarding operations, exercises, training and experiments. BGEN Mîndrescu also explained the JALLC's engagement in the collection and dissemination of NATO Lessons Learned through the NATO Lessons Learned Portal.
Among other subjects, JALLC analysts elaborated on the recent joint analysis project titled: Attack the Networks, which was requested by Ambassador Ducaru’s Department, and the JALLC study which analysed Cyber Defence Situation Awareness in NATO. The Ambassador, who follows cyber defence closely, was also interested in an update on the JALLC initiative to create a “NATO Cyber Defence Community of Interest” within the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, which has received inputs on the subject after recent exercises.
Ambassador Sorin Ducaru came to Lisbon to participate in the International Conference on Cyber Defence on 28 April 2016. He is responsible for providing support to the North Atlantic Council and for advising the Secretary General on the evolution of emerging security challenges, their potential impact on NATO's security, and the development of relevant policies and action plans. Additionally, the Ambassador directs the Emerging Security Challenges Division of the NATO International Staff and coordinates NATO's Science for Peace and Security Programme.
On 4 April 2016, the JALLC received the visit of his Excellency the Ambassador of United States of America to Portugal – Dr. Robert A. Sherman.
Throughout the visit the JALLC Commander - Brigadier-General Mircea Mîndrescu - explained the way NATO does joint analysis and the role of the JALLC in the Alliance’s Lessons Learned process.
The U.S. Ambassador was offered an inside view of several ongoing military joint analysis projects being conducted by the JALLC, during which he interacted with the various project managers.
In the words of Ambassador Sherman:
"We can only get better and make the world safer if we are willing, in a transparent way, to evaluate what we have done and make improvements for the future. The Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre’s work is critically important to achieve that."
The U.S. Defence Attaché - Colonel Glenn Lemasters Jr. - accompanied the U.S. Ambassador during his Excellency’s visit to the JALLC.
On March 24, 2016, Admiral Manfred Nielson (German Armed Forces) took on the incumbency of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of NATO's Allied Command for Transformation, in Norfolk – Virginia - USA. Admiral Nielson received the post from General Mirco Zuliani (Italian Air Force), in a signing ceremony presided by NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation - General Denis Mercier (French Air Force).
The Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is the upper echelon of command and control for the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC). ACT is an allied strategic headquarters, committed to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading the transformation of military structures, forces, capabilities, and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of NATO.
Admiral Nielson comes to Allied Command Transformation after serving as Commander Joint Support Service Command of the Armed Forces of Germany.