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NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Turkey learns about learning lessons in NATO

JALLC Advisory and Training Team train and advise NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia

From 28 to 30 January, the JALLC's Advisory and Training Team (JATT) was in Istanbul Turkey at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Turkey (NRDC-T),which forms part of the NATO Force Structure (NFS) HQ. NRDCs are High Readiness Headquarters, which can be quickly dispatched to lead NATO troops on missions within or beyond the territory of NATO member states.

The corps can be deployed for a wide range of missions: from disaster management, humanitarian assistance and peace support to counter-terrorism and high-intensity war fighting. There are currently nine NRDCs, which are each capable of commanding up to 60,000 soldiers. The political authorization of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), NATO's principal political decision-making body, is required to deploy the corps. For more background information on the NRDCs, see the NATO website.

These NRDCs need to be properly trained and prepared to de deployed at short notice. This includes training on how to properly capture the valuable lessons they will come across during their mission. The JATT provided tailored training for the NRDC-T that was attended by 26 students assigned as a LL personnel and belonging to the various branches of NRDC-T under the responsibility of LTC Walter Kron, Chief of Lessons Learned for NRDC-T.

The main objective of this particular training was to provide the NRDC-T staff with an overview of the NATO LL Capability, the analysis techniques, real life examples, practical work, success stories, and to highlight some of the challenges of a using a LL management system, to ensure the staff are fully prepared to not only capture potential lessons while out in the field, but also to understand the value of sharing these lessons within NATO to ensure that the Alliance remains a learning organization and on the cutting edge of transformation.

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The JALLC's Advisory and Training Team train and advise NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia

JALLC Advisory and Training Team train and advise NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia

As one of the last stops in a very busy year for the JALLC's Advisory and Training Team (JATT), our team of instructors travelled to the fortified city of Tallinn, Estonia, at the end of December to provide the staff at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) with a tailored three-day course on Lessons Learned (LL).

The Cyber domain is one of the new domains introduced in the Alliance alongside the traditional military domains of Air, Land, and Maritime to reflect the current changed global security threat environment (note that two new domains were added: Cyber and Space). The Cyber domain is growing in importance for NATO in this new technological era and the CCD COE's role in the respect is growing likewise. As such, the CCD COE is expanding its ambitions as a learning organization and invited the JATT to train their staff in the NATO LL Capability.

The aim of the course was to not only provide training on LL, but also to advise and support the CCD COE in its endeavor to implement a robust functional NATO LL Capability. The staff were keen to learn how they can begin to use the NATO LL Capability and share knowledge with the Cyber Community on all things related to the Cyber domain and Cyber defence through the NATO Lessons Learned Portal.

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Visit of the Romanian Minister of National Defence to the JALLC

Visit of the Romanian Minister of National Defence to the JALLC

On 28 January 2020, the JALLC received a visit from the Romanian Minister of National Defence, His Excellency Mr. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The aim of the visit was for the Romanian Minister of National Defence to obtain a better understanding of the JALLC's mission and its role as NATO's Lead Agent for Lessons Learned.

H.E. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, alongside with the Romanian Ambassador in Lisbon, Her Excellency Ms Ioana Bivolaru, and Major General Viorel Pană, Chief of Romanian Air Forces Staff, had an office call meeting with the JALLC's Commander, followed by a presentation covering the JALLC's history, where it fits into the NATO structure, its mission, its joint analysis and Lessons Learned products, and the training activities. During this presentation, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Bogdan Cernat, took the opportunity to emphasize the support the JALLC can provide to NATO and Partner nations as well as to NATO entities and described also of the challenges the NATO Lessons Learned Capability faces now and in the future.

After the presentation, H.E. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă thanked the JALLC's Commander for the opportunity to gain greater awareness about the centre and what it does for the Alliance and the Allies, confirming his intention to further promote the JALLC's relevance and the important contribution it makes to the success of NATO operations and exercises.

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NLLC Magazine Publication

NLLC 2019 Magazine cover

The NATO LL Conference was held in October 2019 and invited participants from all over NATO, the Nations , and NATO' s Partners, as well as subject matter experts from industry and academia to consider the conference theme: Improving the NATO LL Capability to Enhance NATO' s Warfighting Capability. The NATO LL Conference Magazine provides an overview of the key note speeches, presentations, and other activities that took place during the course of the three days dedicated to all things Lessons Learned.

You can read the JALLC Commander’s Editorial setting out his take on what was discussed and achieved during his first NATO LL Conference; you can read the wrap up of the panels that took place; but you can also find out how New Technologies are continuing to shape the future of Lessons Learned in NATO. We hope you enjoy reading this magazine and look forward to seeing you at the next edition of the NATO LL Conference in 2021.

Read more on the NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2019 Magazine

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JATT LL Training hosted by Georgian Armed Forces in Georgia

Visit of Ambassador Pedro Costa Pereira to the JALLC

The Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) Advisory Training Team (JATT) conducted a three-day Lessons Learned (LL) training from 03 to 05 December 2019 at the Georgian NCO Academy, Kojori base. The training was attended by 28 students assigned as a LL personnel (or LL Points of Contact as they are known in NATO) from different combat units and HQs of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF) under the responsibility of the Chief of relevant LL Section. In addition two US Advisors working at Georgian MoD attended the course.

This LL training was hosted by the GAF J7 Military Education and Combat Training Department that is responsible for collecting, analysing, and disseminating all lessons from Exercises and Operations.

Throughout the LL training, the participants got acquainted with the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and Process, gained experience in using analysis techniques applied to LL scenarios, worked with real life examples, undertook practical work, heard success stories, and were briefed on the advantages and challenges of working with a LL management system.

The Georgian LL community found the LL training very useful in their efforts to implement standard LL procedures within the GAF.

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Visit of Lusiada Lisbon University Students to the JALLC

Visit of Lusiada Lisbon University Students to the JALLC

A group of students who are studying International Relations at the Lusiada Lisbon University and their professor Dr Luis Saraiva visited the JALLC on 26 November 2019. 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 JALLC’s Chief of Staff COL Paulo Rodrigues welcomed the students to the JALLC, emphasising the importance of this kind of visit to the JALLC and other NATO Commands. This was followed by a presentation from Commander Francesco Pepe, LLMD Deputy Division Head, on the JALLC's history, where it fits into the NATO structure, its mission, and its work on joint analysis, lessons learned, and training.

The visit concluded with a group photograph.

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Visit of Ambassador Pedro Costa Pereira to the JALLC

Visit of Ambassador Pedro Costa Pereira to the JALLC

On 28 November 2019, the JALLC received a visit from the new Portuguese Permanent Representative to NATO, in Brussels, His Excellency, Ambassador Pedro Costa Pereira. The aim of the visit was for the Ambassador to obtain a better understanding of the JALLC's mission and its role as NATO's Lead Agent for Lessons Learned.

Ambassador Costa Pereira had an office call meeting with the JALLC's Commander and the Chief of Staff, followed by a presentation from the Commander himself as well as the JALLC's two Division Heads: Group Captain Neil Cummins (Lessons Learned Analysis Division) and Colonel Juan Molina (Lessons Learned Management Divisions). The presentation covered the JALLC's history, where it fits into the NATO structure, its mission, and its joint analysis, Lessons Learned, and training activities.

After the presentation, Ambassador Pedro Costa Pereira thanked the JALLC's Commander for the opportunity to gain greater awareness about the centre and what it does for the Alliance and the Allies, confirming his commitment to the JALLC and his intention to promote the important contribution it makes to the success of NATO operations and exercises.

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