From 24 to 26 October, representatives from both of NATO's two strategic commands gathered at the JALLC's facilities in Oeiras for a working group meeting on Information and Knowledge Management (IKM). Participants came from all over NATO's Command Structure with the objective of sharing information and discussing and coordinating efforts on the improvement and rollout of NATO's new and improved IKM tools and services. Topics covered during the working group included IT Modernization, NATO's Information Portal, the Statement of Requirements for 2021, and the improvements to NATO's administrative and document management systems.
As usual, the working group also proved to be an excellent networking opportunity for staff with similar responsibilities across the organization and a chance to share experiences and best practices. This successful working group is one in a series of working groups and other sessions that the JALLC hosts at its facilities that allow communities of interest the opportunity to get together on a regular basis
On 18 and 19 October 2017, the JALLC welcomed representatives from the NATO Command Structure (NCS) Lessons Learned (LL) community, as they arrived to participate in training on the improved functionalities of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal (NLLP). The NLLP is the Alliance’s centralized hub to share to LL related information. It includes, among other things, a searchable database of NATO's Lessons as well as areas where Communities of Interest can share related information, ideas, and upcoming events. The NLLP is being upgraded in conjunction with NATO's efforts to improve its overall LL process, through a dedicated Optimization Action Plan, as agreed during the NATO LL Conference organized by the JALLC in November 2016. The ultimate goals of the improvement of the NLLP are to ensure greater accountability and transparency of the process in addition to improved sharing of Lessons and related information NATO-wide.
Participants arrived from various NATO locations in Europe and North-America and were presented with new concept of decentralization of NLLP management as well as a demonstration on how to use new and improved NLLP functions which will allow better tracking of Lessons as they are run through the NATO LL process. They were then invited to trial the new NLLP themselves, working through each step of the process of inputting and managing Lessons into the NLLP. JALLC staff conducting the training took the opportunity to remind participants (which will be future trainers of their own staff) of the importance of assuring the quality of the data being included in the NLLP.
The second day was mainly dedicated to receiving from the audience their requirements for adaptations of the NLLP and discussing their relevance and feasibility. The workshop concluded by setting the agenda and agreeing the next steps in the process for the roll-out of the improved NLLP. You can find out more about the NLLP here.
Taking advantage of the gathering of the NCS LL community, on 17 October JALLC also hosted a LL working group (NCS size) chaired by HQ SACT IDLL as well as a trilateral LL working group dedicated to the adaptation of the Bi Strategic Command Directive on the Lessons Learned (Bi-SC 80-06) on the 16th of October. This gathering of different Lessons Learned working groups, together with the LL Portal Workshop, has been referred as “the LL Week in Lisbon”.
On 19 October 2017, the JALLC received a delegation from the Portuguese Military University Institute, headed by the Institute’s Commander, Vice Admiral Bastos Ribeiro. The objective of this visit was to discover the Portuguese Military University and the JALLC might be able to engage in areas of common interest which would be mutually beneficial to both organizations. Among other themes, representatives of both organizations discussed the spread of the Lessons Learned culture among the Allies; the NATO Lessons Learned Portal; JALLC Training and Outreach opportunities; and the NATO's Lessons Learned Conference 2018.
The visit was very profitable and Portuguese Military University Institute demonstrated interest in cooperating with the JALLC in several areas of activity.
On 12 October 2017, the JALLC received a visit from a delegation of the Brazilian Army Doctrine Centre, headed by its Commander; Brigadier General Hertz Pires do Nascimento. The delegation has been visiting similar centres, gathering information and concepts that are relevant to their development of related doctrine and in support of the Brazilian Army’s modernization and transformation.
The Brazilian Delegation had an office call with the JALLC Chief of Staff – Colonel Henrique Santos (Portuguese Army), followed by a presentation and about the NATO Lessons Learned Process and an open discussion about related topics. Among other things, the Brazilian officers learned about NATO Partners Across the Globe, an initiative that extends the Alliance dialogue to countries including: Afghanistan, Australia, Colombia, Iraq, Japan, Mongolia, New Zeeland and Pakistan. These countries develop cooperation with NATO in areas of mutual interest, including emerging security challenges, and some contribute actively to NATO operations either militarily or in some other way.
The Alliance’s Lessons Learned process was also discussed, with particular emphasis on the NATO Lessons Learned Portal developed and is maintained by the JALLC, which is considered a major tool to support NATO's transformation.