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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 7th Lessons Learned Workshop (LLWS ) of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE) was conducted at Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain, from 11 to 13 June 2019.
Two JALLC Staff members attended this workshop. They led a panel on "Information Exchange and National Solutions" and gave presentations on the NATO LL Portal and the Analysis Process used in JALLC projects.
The aim of the LLWS was to feed information to the NATO Lessons Learned structures to contribute to the improvement of NATO and national operations and to increase the knowledge of the missions that different nations/agencies are conducting in countries with a high IED threat, in order to facilitate and enhance interaction in the multinational C-IED community.
The LLWS focussed on several topics relating to LL in the C-IED disciplines, like threat analysis from the theatre, support to NATO training activities, and cooperation amongst the COEs.
The C-IED COE is an International Military Organization, manned and funded by contributions from 12 Nations. Although it is accredited by NATO, a COE is not part of the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but forms part of the wider framework supporting the NCS.
Logistics units from 30 nations gathered together in northern Poland from late May to mid-July in order to “exercise multinational logistics and to enhance interoperability among nations.” Planned and coordinated by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) in Prague, and supported by Poland as Host Nation (HN), Exercise CAPABLE LOGISTICIAN 2019 (CL19) served as an opportunity to train NATO and Partner Nations, NATO Command Structure (NCS), and NATO Force Structure (NFS), among others. CL exercises are conducted, typically, every two years, with participation varying according to nations’ willingness and availability. A large part of the value of the exercise comes from the reporting of the Evaluation, Analysis, and Reporting Cell (EARC), which uses a team of functional area experts (areas include water, fuel, smart energy, and ammunition, among others) to make observations, analyses, and evaluations of various parts of the exercise. The results of this work are pulled together in a final exercise report, using the NATO Lessons Identified format, to make recommendations directly to the various standardization boards and working groups within the NATO Military Committee.
To support the EARC's process and products, the JALLC has deployed a small team of civilian and military analysts to CL iterations in 2013, 2015, and 2019. The JALLC team plays a key role by integrating into the EARC, ensuring the quality of the data collected, and providing the analytical support to bring the bigger "NATO picture" to the functional area experts’ individual observations. The work of the EARC at each of these exercises has resulted in over 50 different observations across logistics functional areas and even more recommendations. In fact, over 90% of the recommendations from the CL15 report were endorsed by the Nations through the Military Committee, resulting in direct input and improvements to NATO military doctrine, tactics, and procedures at the heart of NATO standardization and interoperability. The final reporting from CL19 will be no different and is expected in autumn 2019.
Today, 24 June 2019, the JALLC celebrated the change of command from Brigadier General (BGEN) Antonio Nascimento from the Portuguese Air Force to BGEN Bogdan Cernat from the Romanian Army. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency, Ioana Bivolaru, the Ambassador of Romania to Portugal, the Portuguese Chief of Defence, Admiral Silva Ribeiro, the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Army, General Jose Nunes de Fonseca, Vice Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Vice Admiral Jorge Novo Palma representing the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, the Portuguese Air Force Chief of Staff, General Nunes Borrego, and other distinguished guests as well as the JALLC staff.
During the ceremony, BGEN Nascimento reminded the audience of the achievements of the JALLC in the past year, including the consolidation of the ongoing changes in connection with the refocussing of the JALLC's mission, as well as the development of a plan to ensure incremental improvements to the NATO Lessons Learned Portal using new technology, and the importance of the Analysis Projects covering NATO-wide topics such as Building Integrity, Lessons from Trident Juncture 2018, New Technologies for Lessons Learned.
After the change of command ceremony, the JALLC’s new commander, BGEN Cernat, addressed the audience noting that his first impression of the JALLC was positive and that, “We must be ready to respond to the challenges the Alliance faces and serve the Allies in the best way possible.” His speech reflected the necessity to keep the JALLC flexible, responsive, and resilient in the face of the challenges the Alliance faces.
The new Commander JALLC, BGEN Bogdan Cernat, was born in Bucharest, Romania. Throughout his career BGEN Cernat has received several awards and medals, granted by various entities, including at the presidential level. His full CV is available at the JALLC official webpage.
As part of a visit to Portugal, the NATO's Investment Committee (IC) visited the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) on Wednesday, 29 May.
The Chairperson of the Investment Committee, Mr. Francesco Romano, was welcomed by the acting JALLC Commander, Colonel Angel Santamaria. During the visit, Mr. Luca Ranise, Head of the Budget and Finance Branch, updated the IC on JALLC’ s role within the Alliance as the Lead Agent for Lessons Learned and on the projects to be carried out in the near future regarding the JALLC facilities.
The NATO Investment Committee is responsible for the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). The NSIP covers major construction and command and control system investments, which are beyond the national defence requirements of individual member countries. It supports the roles of the NATO Strategic Commands by providing installations and facilities such as air defence communication and information systems, military headquarters for the command structure and for deployed operations, and critical airfields, fuel systems and harbour facilities needed in support of deployed forces.
The visit was hosted by the Portuguese Ministry of Defence and included visits to the NCI Academy, Navy, and Air Force.