JALLC's Head of Exercises, Training and Experimentation Division, Gp Capt Adrian Hill, participated in the JCSLL and the United States (US) Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) co-hosted Lessons Learned Seminar II, held in Amman, Jordan from 16-20 Aug 15. The LL Seminar brought together experts, specialists, leaders, and researchers to share lessons and best practices from past and current operations around the world under an overarching theme of: “Coalitions against Extremism and Terrorism”. The Seminar was attended by a total of 80 participants from a number of regional countries, organizations and centres such as the JALLC, the United Kingdom Lessons Exploitation Centre, the Canadian Army Lessons Learned Centre, New Zealand TRADOC, US CALL, US Joint Staff J7 Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis Division (JCOA), and a number of other US commands, centres and organizations.
Gp Capt Hill delivered presentations on “Enabling adaptive leaders and units through a lessons learned programme” and “Methods of how to organize, train, and operate within a coalition.” He also participated in the subsequent discussions as a panel member. The Seminar proved to be an excellent opportunity to engage with all seminar attendees and enabled the establishment of several key contacts for future networking within the international lessons learned community
On 19 and 20 October, JALLC Commander Brigadier-General Mircea Mîndrescu (Romanian Army), accompanied by JALLC civilian analyst Dr. Henrik Heidenkamp (Research Analyst, Operations Division) and Mr. Luca Ranise (Head, Budget and Finance Branch), participated in the 2015 NATO-Industry forum held in Lisbon.
Sponsored by NATO Secretary General, the Forum is co-organized by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Mr. Patrick Auroy. The Forum addresses a recognized need for an elevated strategic dialogue between NATO and industry to ensure that the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements, within expected budget and time constraints, now and in the foreseeable future.
Over three sessions, participants assessed opportunities for increased defence investments and cooperation, examined ways to balance NATO and national requirements, and discussed means to stipulate innovation across the alliance and with partners.
Commenting on the forum’s proceedings, Brigadier-General Mîndrescu pointed out:
"The 2015 NATO-Industry Forum offered a good opportunity for NATO, national, and industry stakeholders to openly discuss the future public-private partnership in defence. I consider the Forum an important milestone on the road to the 2016 Warsaw Summit where industry and innovation will certainly be high on the agenda. The JALLC's analysis seeks to contribute to a better understanding of NATO-industry dynamics as well as NATO and Nations’ defence procurement requirements and processes."
October was a busy month for the JALLC in terms of our training and education activities with my staff delivering training at home and away almost every week. We received a number of honoured guests, including the Director General of the International Military Staff and Supreme Allied Commander Deputy Chief of Staff Capability Development. And we have, of course, also been busy preparing for the annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference
On 27 October I, together with some of my staff, attended the NATO Industry Forum which was co-organized by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) General Denis Mercier and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Mr. Patrick Auroy. The Forum addresses a recognized need for an elevated strategic dialogue between NATO and industry to ensure that the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements, within expected budget and time constraints, now and in the foreseeable future.
In amongst all of the bustle of October we also published two reports in October: one on the Standing Naval Forces and one on Strategic Lessons Learned from ISAF. I have no doubt that both reports will make a substantial and tangible contribution to NATO's transformation. The factsheets for both of these reports will be available soon on this website.
Looking forwards, following on from my visit to Norfolk in September, SACT will pay the JALLC a visit in November to gain a deeper understanding of the JALLC and our contribution to ACT's mission. We are looking forward to this great opportunity to let the JALLC and its staff shine.
And of course, this year’s NATO Lessons Learned Conference takes place from 10 to 12 November in Lisbon. The aim of this year’s Conference is to assess how NATO's Lessons Learned Capability supports the Alliance's ability to prepare for, and conduct, current and future military operations. It will allow participants to explore new approaches to embed lessons from non-NATO entities and will investigate parallels with the way other organizations/companies, including International Organizations and NGOs, are managing their Lessons Learned process. I am looking forward to meeting participants, enjoying the informative briefings, and learning how we can all further contribute to NATO's Transformation.
"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
From 12 to 16 October, JALLC ran a third successful iteration of the Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course (NLLSOC) this year at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT) in Kungsängen near Stockholm. Twenty-nine students, including JALLC civilian staff and officers from nineteen different countries attended, all of whom are involved in their national or in NATO's Lessons Learned processes. Course instructors from the JALLC and five different countries spent the week presenting the NATO Lessons Learned capability and techniques for its application
The five-day LLSOC is designed to give students a solid foundation to execute their duties as Lessons Learned Staff Officers (LLSOC). The course combines classroom presentations with group-oriented practical work to teach students the essential elements of identifying and documenting lessons along with techniques for more in-depth analysis such as root cause analysis. Students also received an introduction to the NATO Lessons Learned Portal (NLLP) and a chance to practice using it by submitting Lessons Identified. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and comfort provided by the hard-working staff at SWEDINT.
From 28 September to 02 October, the JALLC ran the second JALLC Analyst Training Course (JATC) of 2015. 11 participants, including a number of non-JALLC students hailing from as far afield as Australia and Canada and some of the JALLC's newly recruited civilian analysts, joined the JALLC's instructors for a week of intensive learning
The JATC is a five-day course which is held twice a year at the JALLC in Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal. Participants are led through a wide range of issues and topics related to the conduct of analysis at the JALLC. The course covers all stages of the JALLC Project Approach (JPA) and includes lectures and practical group assignments which give the students a chance to practice the knowledge they gained during the lectures. The course also includes training on how to organize findings into a written product.
You can find out more about the JATC and how to apply for the course here
Each year NATO organizes two AltA Training Courses devoted to training the next generation of AltA Facilitators in the deliberate application of independent, critical thought and alternative perspective to improve decision-making. The most recent 5 day course was hosted at NATO School Oberammergau, Germany on 14-18 September 2015 and attended by nearly forty military officers and civilians from NATO and national military structures. The course provides a heady mix of lectures covering AltA principles and techniques from the AltA Handbook and hands-on experience of what it’s like to be an AltA Facilitator.
At this course, the JALLC Senior Operational Research Analyst (JALLC AltA Focal Point) supported the instructor team and one of the JALLC’s newly recruited civilian Research Analysts trained as an AltA Facilitator. The JALLC now has five fully trained AltA Facilitators in its staff.