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Visit to the Portuguese Air Command Operations’ Centre

Visit to the Portuguese Air Command Operations Centre

Since it was established in Lisbon in 2002, the JALLC has enjoyed being hosted by the Portuguese Air Force, inside the compound of the Comando Aéreo. The Air Command provides the JALLC not only with our building, but also a variety of other services including catering, sports facilities, security, safety and emergency medical support.

On 19 April 2017, a group of JALLC staff visited the Air Force bunker in the compound from which Portuguese air space is surveyed and all military flights are controlled. It was good to meet colleagues from the Portuguese Air Force—whom we usually only see in the canteen or the gym—in their work environment and learn something about what happens in the compound.

The NATO staff received a briefing about the Portuguese Air Force capabilities, with a special focus on the National Search and Rescue function, Air Defence, and the NATO Air Policing responsibilities. After the briefing, the staff were invited to visit the operational rooms and saw the Portuguese radar system, with which the operators looks for abnormal situations that could require the intervention of the Air Force.

The JALLC’s visit contributed to increased shared knowledge with the Portuguese defence community and interoperability among the NATO Nations.

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Run in the sun

Run in the sun

A charity run took place on 06 April for staff in the Air Force Air Command Compound, Monsanto, where the JALLC is based. The aim was to raise some funds for the Association of Parents and Friends of Children with Cancer as well as to have some fun and exercise.

The initiative was a great success. People were asked to make a donation to take part in the run and over 60 people participated. The weather was perfect for the run and the 3.5 km trail through Monsanto forest was beautiful as ever. Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and encouraged each other on.

15 JALLC members participated in the fun run—or walk in some cases—testing their running skills and stamina. Whether running or walking everyone completed the run, had fun, and raised money for a good cause.

Master Sergeant Eduardo Silva of the JALLC, who took part in the run said:

I had a very good time, and enjoyed the walk in the pleasant weather and beautiful Monsanto surroundings. I believe that cancer is something that we have to fight with all our strength. I participate in as many fundraisers as I can, especially those that help out children who should be enjoying school and playing outdoors rather than having to spend time in hospital.

The JALLC staff send their best wishes to all the children and their families who were supported by this initiative.

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In the spotlight

NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2016

Lessons Learned Conference 2016 report cover

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.

NLLC 2016 factsheet cover

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.

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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Lessons Learned conference 2016 group picture

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Launch of NATO Force Structure Joint Task Force Headquarters Handbook

The Handbook being signed

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.”

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Visit of University of Lusìada Students to the JALLC

The Visit of University of Lusìada Students to the JALLC

A group of students who are studying International Relations at the University of Lusíada and their professors visited the JALLC on 07 April 2017. The aim of the visit was to ensure that the students were aware of the NATO presence in Portugal and knew what the JALLC is and what it does.

The visit began with a Command Group Office Call at which Professor Dr Luís Saraiva, Professor Dr Vitor Fernandes, and Gonçalo Marques, a second-year student representative, met the JALLC's Chief of Staff COL Henrique José Pereira dos Santos.

COL Santos then welcomed all of the students to the JALLC. He gave a short presentation on its history, where it fits into the NATO structure, its mission, and its work on joint analysis, lessons learned, and training. This was followed by a presentation from

Ms Jodie Lazell, the Editor at the JALLC, which described how JALLC analyses complex, recurring, cross-command problems and supports NATO's Lessons Learned process. Ms Lazell set out the JALLC Project Approach, based on Prince 2™ methodology, which takes a project from the identification of the requirement by the customer through to final product and the evaluation of the process.

The visit concluded with the signing of the Book of Honour and a group photograph.

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JALLC Hosts Second Royal United Services Institute Seminar

The Second Royal United Services Institute Seminar at jallc

On 05 April 2017, Professor Trevor Taylor of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) talked to the JALLC and participants from the Portuguese defence community about the UNITED STATES’ THIRD OFFSET STRATEGY and its prospects. Professor Taylor gave a fascinating talk about the changing threats that NATO is seeking to counter, the kind of missions and operations that are likely in the future, and the need for a step-change in capability through innovation.

Professor Taylor suggested that the necessary step-change in capability will happen if the defence community can adapt existing technologies and thinking for new purposes, make connections between existing technologies and thinking, and take advantage of the huge proportion of total global research and development spending that is undertaken by commercial companies for civil purposes.

"Innovation is not just about technology: it is also about thinking and behaviours. Innovation will only come if we are more ready to tolerate failure”

The seminar forms part of the RUSIJALLC partnership framework agreed in May 2016, which includes a workshop covering JALLC project themes, two lectures on contemporary, strategic-level defence and security topics, and a major corporate RUSI membership for the JALLC. The partnership means that JALLC can benefit from the latest cutting-edge RUSI defence research and analysis findings and best practice in contemporary strategic level topics.

Commenting on the successful delivery of the Third Offset Strategy seminar, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mário Barreto (Portuguese Airforce) stated:

“The seminar provided the participants with valuable insights into the changing defence world and the critical role of innovation in responding to the challenges. It was a privilege to hear the views of one of the research community’s recognized experts on these issues.”
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JALLC received the visit of two Nordic countries’ Ambassadors

Ambassador of Sweden her Excellency Caroline Fleetwood and Finnish Ambassador Her Excellency Tarja Laitiainen

On 02 March 2017, the JALLC received the visit of two Nordic countries’ Ambassadors: the Ambassador of Sweden – her Excellency Caroline Fleetwood; and the Finnish Ambassador – Her Excellency Tarja Laitiainen. The two ambassadors had an Office Call with Commander JALLC, where they shared the latest political developments regarding their countries’ defence related concerns. This occurred on the very same day that Sweden re-established its compulsory military draft service.

The Office Call was followed by a briefing by Brigadier General Mario Barreto – Commander of the JALLC – where the two diplomats received a tailored explanation about the mission of the JALLC and its modus operandi. During the briefing several questions were answered by JALLC Commander, providing both ambassadors with situational awareness regarding the Transformation of the Alliance and the role of JALLC therein.

The two ambassadors departed with words of appreciation for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the JALLC.

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