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Visit of the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College

German Armed Forces Command and Staff College visiting the JALLC

On 13 February 2017, a delegation of the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (FüAk Bw) visited the JALLC. The delegation consisted of 12 students of the Joint General/Admiral Staff Officer Course (LGAN), the delegation head, Colonel (GS) Fritsch, and the course tutor Commander Hornung. and was accompanied by the German Defence Attaché in Portugal, Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Taube. All were welcomed at the JALLC by the German Senior National Representative in Portugal and JALLC Operations Division Head, Captain Velten of the German Navy.

Supported by Dr. Henrik Heidenkamp (Civilian Research Analyst at the JALLC) and Ms Tiffany Genest (Civilian Lessons Learned Analyst at the JALLC), Captain Velten familiarized the FüAk delegation with the German Military Representation in Portugal as well as the JALLC’s and NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces’ (STRIKFORNATO) missions, activities, and organizations. In particular the JALLC hosts explained the JALLC’s approach to Joint Analysis, its support to the exchange of Lessons Learned (LL), and the JALLC’s efforts to facilitate the development of LL Capabilities across NATO.

Every year 100 national and international students from the German Army, Airforce, Navy, the Central Medical Service, and Geoinformation Service join the two-year LGAN – the most demanding course of the FüAk Bw.

The visit concluded the FüAk delegation’s visit to Lisbon during which delegation members gained insights into factors influencing Portugal’s security and defence policy, the command organization of the Portuguese Armed Forces, and its process of transformation.

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Delegation from the University of Essex, Great Britain, visited the JALLC

University of Essex visiting the JALLC

On 26 January 2017, a delegation of three scholars from the University of Essex, Great Britain, visited the JALLC with the intent to increase JALLC staff awareness of cutting edge research on topics of NATO relevance and of current developments in research methods of relevance to the JALLC’s joint analysis activities. Prof. Kristian Gleditsch, one of the leading political science scholars on civil war, research director at the Essex Department of Government, and an associate with the Peace Research Institute Oslo/ Centre for the Study of Civil War led the visit together with Dr Tobias Böhmelt and Dr Daina Chiba, respectively reader and lecturer at Essex University, who have both published extensively in leading political science journals on conflict between and within states.

After having been briefed by Brigadier General Mário Barreto on the work done at the JALLC, the three scholars introduced and discussed their on-going research on civil war and its regional dimensions, the reliability of military alliance treaties, and the relationship between migration and terrorism to an audience of military and civilian JALLC analysts. The three Essex scholars continued their informative presentations by introducing recent advances in social network analysis and other analysis methods in the social sciences to the JALLC’s research and operational research analysts. The visit concluded with Professor Gleditsch signing the JALLC’s book of honour.

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NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2016

NLLC 2016 factsheet cover

Since 2003, the JALLC has hosted the 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.

This year’s conference focussed on the theme: The Future of Lessons Learned: Innovation and Improvement. This factsheet presents the key takeaways from this year’s Conference and some of the highlights.

Information about Day 1 and Day 2 is also available. The conference report will be available here soon.

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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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Portuguese Navy Directorate of Archives and Information Management visit to the JALLC

Lieutenant Brigadier Raúl Botelho visiting the JALLC

On 18 January 2017, the Portuguese Navy Directorate of Archives and Information Management (Direção de Arquivos e Gestão de Informação (DAGI) visited the JALLC. The aim of the visit was to exchange experiences in the area of Information and Knowledge Management (IKM), data and documents lifecycle, and Process Management. The DAGI Director, CMG António Silva Monteiro and ten more Portuguese Navy Officers from different areas within the directorate were welcomed by Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mário Barreto, who expressed his appreciation for this kind of initiative regarding information and expertise exchange.

The JALLC's Information Management and Communication Information Services (IM&CIS) Branch briefed the party on how NATO and the JALLC manages information and what tools are being used for this purpose; in particular the NATO Lessons Learned Portal (NLLP) and the NATO EXTRA Portal (NXP) were presented to the group. The briefing was followed by an open discussion on more detailed aspects of Information and Data Management.

Finally, Commander JALLC expressed the willingness to collaborate and share the JALLC's experience with the Portuguese Armed Forces as much as with any other NATO Nation. The visit ended with the traditional signing of the book of honour where the party expressed their satisfaction for this opportunity and plaques as a souvenir from the visit were exchanged.

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Portuguese Navy's Senior Officer Promotion Course visited the JALLC

Lieutenant Brigadier Raúl Botelho visiting the JALLC

On 11 January 2017, the JALLC received 60 Portuguese Navy First Lieutenants, who are currently attending the 2016-2017 Portuguese Navy's Senior Officer Promotion Course. The officers, who will earn their rank of at the end of the course, received a comprehensive briefing on Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned processes and activities within NATO, as well as on the JALLC's goals, tasks, and on how it operates.

The officers had also the opportunity to interact directly with the JALLC's Commander Brigadier General Mário Barreto, asking questions and showing great interest in the way the Alliance identifies, analyses, and implements lessons as well as in the role of the JALLC in the Lessons Learned Process.

Upon completion of their course, these officers will enter a new phase in their military careers, shifting the focus of their duties away from the tactical toward the operational and strategic level. It is therefore crucial for them to understand the Lessons Learned Process in military operations, in order to be able to apply it during their careers, ultimately contributing to, not only their nation's transformation in this respect, but also to the Alliance's transformation more generally.

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Lieutenant Brigadier Raúl Botelho visited the JALLC

Lieutenant Brigadier Raúl Botelho visiting the JALLC

On 06 December 2016, Vice Chief of Staff (VCOS) of the Brazilian Air Force – Air Lieutenant Brigadier Raúl Botelho - visited the JALLC with a high level delegation of the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Embassy attaché. The goal of the Brazilian Delegation was to understand the NATO Lessons Learned Process, its procedures and information sharing tools, and the way the JALLC manages its Program Of Work. The VCOS visit to the JALLC was part of a larger tour to Portugal.

The visiting party was received by the JALLC's new Commander, Brigadier-General Mário Barreto (Portuguese Air Force) for a courtesy office call and a presentation about the JALLC and its approach to the NATO Lessons Learned process.

Air Lieutenant Brigadier Botelho signed the JALLC book of Honour and expressed his satisfaction for having had the opportunity to witness how NATO works the area of Lessons Learned, a subject he considers paramount for any military organization to master, in order to be able to adapt and evolve, in a world with a very challenging security situation.

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