On 6 December 2017, the JALLC received the visit of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources and Management of the Supreme Allied Command Transformation—Major General Grzegorz Sodolski (Polish Army). The aim of the visit was for the General to gain situation awareness of the JALLC's adaptation to its new role as NATO's Leading Agent for Lessons Learned.
Major General Sodolski had an office call meeting with the Commander and the Chief of Staff, debating the resources needed for the JALLC to fulfil its six main tasks: the management of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal; analysis projects; Lessons Learned outreach; Lessons Learned training; support to exercises; and the NATO Lessons Learned Conference.
After the office call, Major General Sodolski addressed the JALLC staff members, expressing his appreciation for the Centre’s good work and his vision for the “bright future of the JALLC”.
The Deputy Director of the Civil−Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) Colonel Johan Wagner visited the JALLC on 15 November for a very fruitful discussion on how the two organizations could usefully work together.
In particular, Colonel Wagner asked the JALLC to support a workshop—Analysis “makes the difference”— that will be held at the CCOE in the Netherlands on 16−18 October 2018, with the suggestion that the workshop might be hosted jointly by CCOE, the Human Intelligence Centre of Excellence (Humint COE) and the JALLC.
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”.