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Autumn edition of the JALLC Analyst Training Course

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From 26 to 30 September 2016 the JALLC held the autumn edition of the JALLC Analyst Training Course (JATC). The course is held twice a year at the JALLC's facilitates in Lisbon, Portugal and has been developed to train JALLC newcomers (civilian and military) in their new position as JALLC analysts. A maximum of 12-14 participants can attend each JATC with JALLC members having priority over participants external to the JALLC—and even NATO sometimes—who may wish to attend this very popular course. The aim of this one-week, intensive training programme is to introduce the participants to the JALLC Project Approach (JPA) as well as to the analysis techniques, processes, and editorial standards applied at theJALLC. More information on the course is available here.

This iteration of the JATC saw a total of 14 participants take part from the JALLC, Allied Land Command, and from Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis. The week was not only an intensive one for the participants—eight hours a day—, but also for the JALLC's team of civilian research analysts, operations analysts, and the editor, who all contributed to the course. The JALLC's analysts and editor are responsible for developing and delivering the training modules. The intensive interaction with the JALLC's JATC instructor team gives participants the chance to learn from experienced experts and benefit from the different perspectives and insights that each instructor brings to the course. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with the instructors making the sessions interesting, interactive, and practical.

The JATC is designed not only to ensure that new JALLC analysts can perform their jobs at the JALLC, but also to give attending non-JALLC participants the opportunity to learn about the JALLC, its activities, and capabilities, as well as to learn and practice analysis techniques. The next edition of the JATC will be held in the first semester of 2017.

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The JALLC Publishes next edition of The Explorer

the JALLC Explorer 2016 Edition 2

The JALLC published second edition of its new look online magazine, The Explorer, this month which celebrates the arrival of the JALLC's new Commander, Brigadier-General Mário Barreto (Portuguese Air Force) with a special two page photo-feature article on the assumption of command ceremony that took place on 19 August. The visit of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Admiral Manfred Nielson’s (German Navy), is also featured in this edition together with an interview with Mr Clovis Autin, who joined the JALLC earlier this year as a (civilian) operational research analyst. In the interview, Mr Autin talks about settling into life at the JALLC and Lisbon.

As always, The Explorer highlights some interesting JALLC analysis projects including a project on the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force, NATO's Regional Focus initiative, and a project that identified ways to improve non-military actors’ contributions to NATO's crisis response planning. In particular, in this edition you can read about one of the JALLC's most successful recent projects which looked into how ISAF managed to reduce incidents of civilian casualties. You can read more about any JALLC analysis projects and download factsheets which summarize the key findings from the JALLC's reports .

The JALLC's training and education capabilities are always a feature in The Explorer. This edition of The Explorer highlights an example of the training the JALLC developed together with Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) Joint Force Trainer: the Lessons Learned Officers of Primary Responsibility (LLOPR) course. The course, offered in an online format, is available on the Joint Advanced Distribution platform .

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of The Explorer. The next edition will be published at the end of the year and will feature the upcoming NATO Lessons Learned Conference which will take place on 29-30 November in Lisbon, Portugal as well as many other interesting articles. You can find out more about the NATO Lessons Learned Conference .

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The Commander JALLC

Aug 2016

The Brigadier-General Salvação Barreto

Brigadier-General (BGEN) Mário Salvação Barreto was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1963. He joined the Portuguese Air Force Academy in 1982 where he completed a degree in Aeronautical Military Sciences and became a military pilot in the Undergraduate Pilot Training Course in Vance AFB, Oklahoma, USA in 1988.

He qualified as a fighter pilot in 1989 and subsequently acquired extensive experience flying in combat squadrons both as an operational commander and as an Intelligence/Electronic Warfare officer. He has flown more than 2300 hours, the vast majority in the A-7P Corsair II and F-16A/B Fighting Falcon, both in offensive and defensive air operations, including maritime environment and combat missions in the Balkans during Exercise DETERMINED FALCON, and Operation ALLIED FORCE. Since 1998, he has commanded several overseas Portuguese Air Force detachments in conflict scenarios, such as the Portuguese F-16 Detachment, in Aviano, Italy, during Operation ALLIED FORCE, and the Detached Commander for the Portuguese-Belgian C-130 deployment in Kabul Airport KAIA for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.

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LL Conference 2016

NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2016

NATO Lessons Learned conference 2016

"The Future of Lessons Learned: Improvement and Innovation" The 13th NATO Lessons Learned Conference will be held from 29 to 30 November 2016 at the Portuguese Military Academy, Amadora, Portugal.
Mark your calendars.

The aim of this Conference is to assess how NATO’s Lessons Learned Capability supports the Alliance’s ability for improvement and innovation.

The Calling Letter, Administrative Details and Preliminary Agenda are posted on the NATO Lessons Learned Portal conference page!

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Assumption of Command Ceremony at NATO's Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre

assumption of command at jallc

On the 19th of August 2016, Portuguese Air Force Brigadier-General Mário Barreto assumed command of the JALLC during a formal ceremony over which Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Admiral Manfred Nielson (German Navy), presided.
Admiral Nielson, had flown in from Virginia (United States) to Portugal, especially for the ceremony. The Portuguese Chief of Defence, General Pina Monteiro, was also present at the ceremony together with diplomatic representatives from nine different NATO Nations and several high-ranking military officers from all three services - Navy, Army and Air Force - of the Host Nation, Portugal.

This is the first time that a Portuguese General Officer has taken command of the JALLC, NATO's Lead Agent for Joint Analysis. Brigadier-General Barreto will command the JALLC for the next three years.

The Brigadier-General Mário Barreto Assumption of Command speech.

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Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation visits the JALLC


On 21 July 2016, the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Admiral Manfred Nielson (German Navy) honoured the JALLC with a visit. Admiral Nielson was recently appointed to his post at ACT in April 2016 and took time out of his busy schedule to gain a more in depth understanding of the JALLC. DSACT was briefed by the command group and key staff on the JALLC’s ’s mission, tasks, and activities after which he took the time to present his vision for the future of the JALLC and its position in Allied Command Transformation (ACT).

In his talk with JALLC staff he stated that although the JALLC’s activities are perhaps not a daily focus for HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation staff, he recognized the critical role the JALLC plays in developing and improving NATO capabilities and as such highlighted key areas of importance for the JALLC-ACT relationship going forwards including improved prioritization, direction and guidance with regard to the JALLC’s tasked Joint Analysis tasks.

The audience asked DSACT to give his perspective on Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s (SACT) own key focus areas (Command and Control, Logistics and Sustainment, Training, Partnerships, Manpower, and Capabilities) as stated during a visit by SACT in November last year. Admiral Nielson responded by explaining that he saw the key focus areas as a, Commander’s Intent and that these key focus areas would be expanded upon in due course this year. In this respect DSACT highlighted a couple of the key focus areas including with regard to Logistics and Sustainment; he mentioned the thinking surrounding how the military (in general) will be able to sustain their logistics requirements in the long term and whether industry might have a greater role to play in certain aspects of providing this capability and possible other capabilities in the future.

The visit ended with DSACT thanking the JALLC for its work and contribution to the transformation of the Alliance.

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JALLC Publishes new look online magazine: The Explorer

The Explorer - new look online magazine

The JALLC recently published the latest edition of its online magazine, The Explorer. This new look magazine will contain articles on: projects the JALLC has completed and is working on; interesting events that have taken place at the JALLC; the latest joint analysis techniques being applied by our analysts; and updates from the Lessons Learned Community. Each edition will include a feature article and interviews with JALLC members and/or members of the Lessons Learned community in general.

In this edition, we feature the NATO Lessons Learned Conference; looking back at the 2015 conference and forward to the 2016 conference which takes place on 29 and 30 November this year. We also discuss the revision to the JALLC’s project management approach which looks set to guarantee even more efficient and effective joint analysis projects, and a new cooperation with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence (RUSI) ensuring the JALLC remains at the centre of thinking in terms of global defence and security.

We hope our readers enjoy this edition and the new look magazine. The next edition is due out at the end of September and will feature interviews with the JALLC’s new Commander and Chief of Staff.

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