The NATO Lessons Learned Conference (NLLC) 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. The NLLC 2015 Report provides a summary of the opening speech delivered by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, General Mirco Zuliani, and the nine panels, covering six topics, as well as updates from various NATO entities and Centres of Excellence, an overview of the conference statistics, and other interesting related information.
From December 01 to 03, JALLC military and civilian analysts attended a course in Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations offered by NATO's Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) in Sofia, Bulgaria. The three-day course offered an in-depth look at how NATO plans for and responds to crises at the highest echelons of the organization. Through both excellent briefings from subject matter experts and intensive teamwork assignments, participants came away with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the interactions and procedures involved in NATO's Crisis Response process.
The JALLC's analysts were particularly interested in the different analysis techniques used by decision makers within Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and even got a chance to practice some of them themselves in the teamwork assignments. Overall, the CMDR COE provided an excellent course that allowed the JALLC's analysts to exchange valuable analysis related knowledge with other participants and the course organizers. For more information on the CMDR COE, please visit their website.
If transformation is a journey, then innovation is the fuel and NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO) is the catalyst. Among its many activities, the STO's Systems Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel undertakes activities to promote new and improved analysis methods and techniques to address emerging issues thrown up by the evolving strategic environment.
From 19-21 October, the JALLC's Principal Operational Research Analyst attended the annual meeting of the SAS Panel at IABG in Ottobrunn, Germany where he provided an informative brief on NATO's organizational structure and decision making process to senior national delegates representing their respective national science and technology organizations. The SAS Panel met to ensure alignment of their activities with NATO's Science and Technology priorities and held fruitful discussions regarding improving visibility of SAS products in the stakeholder community.
Following the panel meeting, Allied Command Transformation hosted their annual two-day Operations Research and Analysis (ORA) conference at the same venue. The JALLC's Senior Operational Research Analyst, Jackie Eaton, chaired the stream on the future of data for ORA which highlighted the opportunities and challenges of big data and the power and potential of data farming in a future where computation is both faster and cheaper. Ms Eaton also took the opportunity to promote the SAS-111 activity on future data collection and management for analysis support to operations, which is nearing the end of its first year and is jointly chaired by Germany and the JALLC, with members from the UK, US, France, and Germany. The report covering the first year will be available in draft by the end of February 2016.
On 06 November 2015, just over a month after his appointment, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier of the French Airforce, honoured the JALLC with an early visit. SACT met with COM JALLC during an office call and was then briefed by the JALLC' s command group on the JALLC's organization and activities
Following this briefing, SACT addressed the JALLC members of staff. He first expressed his gratitude to Portugal and the Portuguese political and military authorities for their enduring commitment to NATO's Transformation. General Mercier then went on to present his vision for the future of Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO's posture, and Allied Command Transformation’s capacity in this respect, referring to six focus areas: Command and Control, Sustainment, Training, Partnerships, Manpower, and Capabilities. He went on to acknowledge that the JALLC's programme of work has reflected, and continues to reflect these focus areas, referencing a number of projects and activities the JALLC has recently conducted, including the NATO EXTRA Portal, reports on Ballistic Missile Defence and Cyber security awareness , and the JATT's outreach activities.
SACT complimented the JALLC's work stating that he was “extremely proud of what [the JALLC] has achieved over recent years.” He also commented on the relevance of the JALLC's products and his intention to build on the JALLC's legacy to support his vision of NATO's posture.
After his address, General Mercier presented two JALLC members of staff with well-deserved commendations; the JALLC's Chief of Staff COL J. Gomes (Portuguese Army) and the JALLC's civilian Senior Operational Research Analyst Mrs J. Eaton.
After the usual signing of the JALLC Book of Honour ceremony, General Mercier left the JALLC with a good understanding of the organization and what it means to ACT and to NATO's Transformation.
The third and final day of the 12th annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference concluded yesterday with two robust panels with discussions focused on the theme: Closing the loop: The lessons learned capability in support of NATO transformation.
The day commenced with a quick brief from the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT). T eam leader, CDR Michael Koen reiterated that the JATT stands ready to provide support to Allied Command Transformation outreach activities and to assist NATO HQs and bodies, NATO Nations and Partner Nations and other organizations by offering advice and training on analysis and the NATO Lessons Learned Capability.
The first panel of the day's presentations centred on Key lessons from Crisis Management Operations, specifically the Ukraine Crisis, taken from the Political/Military perspective. This panel looked at how the recent crisis in Ukraine caused the Alliance to adopt Assurance and Adaptation Measures in order to respond to changes in the international security environment. The panel also discussed what lessons can be drawn, from both the political and military perspectives, and how such lessons should be shared in order to contribute to NATO transformation.
BG Gianmarco Badialetti, the Deputy Director for Operations at the NATO International Military Staff, as key speaker of this panel presented lessons from a political and military perspective, noting that, although the traditional NATO Lesson Learned process is valid, the dynamic pace of strategic change requires continuous adaptation of that process. COL Jon Acornley, from SHAPE Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC), followed this presentation looking at lessons from a strategic perspective. He highlighted that the current sustained level of activity is the “New Normal” and that, in dealing with a crisis, NATO must be more cross functional, with a wider perspective and that Lesson Learned help feed into this concept. The final panel presenter was Mr David Campion, the Operations Support Officer for Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), who delivered a very interesting presentation on lessons from OSCE engagements that could apply to NATO. He noted that the OSCE faces many challenges that are not unlike the challenges NATO faces in this respect, and that with regard to the Ukraine Crisis, the OSCE is still identifying lessons and formalizing their lessons learned. A lively panel discussion on this topic ensued.
The final panel of the conference also focused on key lessons from Crisis Management operations, this time focussing on how the humanitarian crisis resulting from the outbreak of Ebola was managed and how the lessons and best practices which are being identified, analysed, and shared can contribute to NATO's transformation in support of managing future humanitarian crises. Colonel Andrew Jackson, assisted by Major Lee Rickard, both from Great Britain’s Lessons Exploitation Centre, delivered the first of four presentations during this panel. They discussed lessons from Great Britain’s military engagement in managing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra-Leone. Colonel Jackson discussed a broad variety of lessons covering a number of strategic topics including those relating to: Command, Prepare, and Protect. Commander Ray Glenn, from the Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis (JCOA), delivered the second presentation of this panel which presented findings from the JCOA's study on the Ebola Crisis which covered topics relating to Preparedness, Strategic Decision Making and the Implications for Future Operations. Major Jean-Baptiste Pohl (MD, MPh) from the French Direction Centrale du Service de Santé des Armée (DCSSA), then presented lessons from the French military engagement in Guinea in connection with the Ebola crisis.
The final panel speaker of the conference was Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Benjamin Queyriaux, the Deployment Health Surveillance Capability Head of the Military Medicine Centre of Excellence (MILMED COE). He reviewed NATO's lessons from the Ebola Crisis from the (MILMED COE's perspective, discussing the top five lessons and whether NATO is ready to face the next contagious disease outbreak.
After the last panel and discussion ended, BG Mîndrescu addressed the audience on how the Lessons Learned Community must continue to work to close the loop and drive the transformation cycle to ensure that NATO continues to be the learning organization that it is. He thanked everyone for their contribution and participation and cordially invited them to next year's conference.
The second day of the 12th annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference took place yesterday with four in-depth panels on the day’s schedule. These panels covered a broad range of topics focussing on this year’s conference theme; Closing the loop: The lessons learned capability in support of NATO Transformation.
The first panel of the day presented Lessons from Exercises that are essential to NATO transformation, from the Trainers’ Perspective. Major General Reinhard Wolski, led the panel and addressed key lessons from directing last year’s TRIDENT series (JUNCTURE, LANCE, JEWEL, JAGUAR) exercises and recent NATO Exercises from the Bi-SC Directive 075-003 perspective. Information Management, Strategic Communication, and Battlespace Management were identified as providing challenges for future Joint Headquarters. Brigadier General Dzintars Roga followed this presentation with a review of key Lessons from the same exercise series but this time from the Officer Scheduling the Exercise’s (OSE) point of view. BG Wojciech Grabowski finally addressed the audience on key lessons from recent Joint Force Training Centre exercises and training events. He highlighted their Proven Progressive Training Concept Model that has successfully trained 3,933 participants and has supported 300,000 CWIX (Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXercise) technical tests since 2011.
The second panel looked at how the Lessons Learned process supports NATO transformation. Brigadier General Henrik Sommer kicked off the panel with a presentation on how Allied Command Transformation intends to capture Lessons in order to support NATO transformation. He noted that NATO is on track to achieve a more effective lessons learned capability, but it relies on everyone’s commitment. He further advocated that full sharing and availability of lessons should be reinforced through use of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal. Mr Dieter Schmaglowski, the Deputy Director of the NATO Standardization Office, followed up with a presentation on how Lessons Identified feed development of operational standards. He noted the importance of obtaining feedback from operations, exercises, and evaluations and provided examples of effective application of the Lessons Learned process in Operational Standardization. Captain Mark Cooper then briefed the audience on how Lessons Learned feed the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP) and what could be improved in that respect. He expressed how the NDPP has embraced Lessons identified and Lessons Learned in order to enhance and improve their processes in support of the Alliance. Colonel Francois-Regis Boulvert finished the panel’s presentations with a discussion on how lessons from the Afghan Mission Network fed the development of the Federated Mission Networking (FMN) concept. Sharing with the audience that the FMN is the cornerstone for federated interoperability and information sharing across all future missions.
The third panel of the day reviewed how NATO can better interact with Non-NATO entities (NNE). This panel looked at how the international security environment and recent crises on the international stage have shown that close cooperation between NATO and Non-NATO actors is a prerequisite for the successful management of such crises. Ms Loredana Alemanno Testa, the Head of the Operations Division Protection of Civilians Section at the NATO International Staff, led the panel and highlighted examples of positive NATO and NNE collaboration. She further noted that continued mutual communication and collaboration will ensure the overall safety and protection of civilian populations. Mr Gilles Hansoul of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reviewed lessons the ICRC drew from its cooperation with NATO. He noted that the ICRC is an invaluable source of local knowledge and will inevitably have a long-established presence anywhere a NATO-led operation would deploy. Mrs Teresa Encarnação form the Emergency Services Branch of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) followed this presentation with a review of lessons UNOCHA drew from its interaction with NATO in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Libya. Lieutenant Colonel Lars Cramer-Larsen rounded off the panel with an interesting discussion on how NATO is actively improving its cooperation with NNEs through Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence’s, Vision 2020 process; a focused effort toward becoming the focal point with regard to NATO Civil-Military Interaction and Civil-Military Co-operation.
The final panel of the day addressed what lessons NNEs drew from their interaction/cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan and focussed on how NATO interacted and cooperated with NNEs present in Afghanistan and what lessons were drawn by NNEs in that respect. Key speaker, Ms Danielle Bell, the Director of Human Rights at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) addressed the lessons UNAMA drew from its cooperation with ISAF. She noted that effective engagement through dialogue and exchange of information between UNAMA and ISAF directly led to a reduction in civilian casualties and to the protection of civilians. Mr Gene Aloise, representing the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), then presented lessons the Inspector General drew from interaction with NATO in Afghanistan and discussed their Lessons Learned programme. To conclude the panel and the second day of the conference, Mr Alan Van Egmond addressed the lessons the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) drew from its experience in ISAF.
Yesterday the 12th annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference was opened by DSACT, GEN Mirco Zuliani. The conference will be held from 10 to 12 November 2015 and is hosted by the JALLC. The theme of this year’s theme is: Closing the loop: The lessons learned capability in support of NATO transformation.
Presenters and guests from NATO and non-NATO nations as well as from various organizations participated in the first day of the conference. Attendees were welcomed by the JALLC's Commander, BG Mircea Mîndrescu, followed by DSACT who informed the audience of ACT’s two most important investments: sustaining and exploiting a NATO-wide Lessons Learned capability, and providing a coherent and integrated training system.
The first panel covered the topic: lessons from past and ongoing operations as a driver for NATO transformation, taking the strategic perspective into consideration and was opened by LTG Michel Yakovleff who noted in his presentation that lessons from exercises are valuable contributions to NATO's transformation and that exercises should be deliberately used by NATO to transform. BG Mîndrescu spoke eloquently on the recently completed JALLC project: Strategic Lessons from ISAF which sought to identify military strategic level areas where lessons from ISAF can contribute to future NATO-led operations. The JALLC’s Principal Operational Research Analyst followed with an overview of another recently completed JALLC project which looked at how ISAF effectively reduced civilian casualties during the course of the mission in Afghanistan. Find here the factsheet on this project.
The second panel explored Lessons from past and ongoing operations, this time looking specifically at air operations, led by NATO or International Coalitions. MG Peter Gersten led the discussion and provided a real-world and timely presentation that looked at Lessons from Operation Inherent Resolve and how they might be integrated by NATO. BG Mehmet Yalinalp concluded the panel with a discussion on lessons from previous air operations and current planning considerations. In particular, key Lessons Identified from Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR were presented.
The third and final panel of the day looked at how Lessons from Exercises are essential to NATO transformation from the Training Audience's Perspective. This panel was led by LTG Riccardo Marchio who spoke on key Lessons from recent Exercises and the NFS Joint Command and Control standby period, highlighting the learning path to develop the Joint Role and the Capabilities. BG Mehmet Yalinalp spoke for the second time that day and followed with key lessons from recent exercises and the build-up to exercise TRIDENT JET 16 from the Bi-SC Dir 075-003 perspective. The presentation focused on the exercise, and presented an early perspective on exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 LIVEX, as well as Bi-SC Directive 075-003. CDR Gary Green concluded with a review of key lessons from exercise BALTOPS 15 as part of the wider Allied Shield, its challenges, successes, and the key lessons. He noted that the history of NATO is transformation and highlighted that interoperability issues although prevalent, are nothing new to NATO and, as such, will remain an enduring challenge.
In addition to the panel discussions, updates were provided by NATO Allied Command Transformation and relevant Centres of Excellence (COE). LTC Harribert Rahmel updated the audience on the Force Development Board and Allied Joint Doctrine Campaign Plan (AJDCP). The JALLC's Head of Plans & Programming, COL Santiago San Antonio, presented the JALLC's projects from 2014-2015. LTC Tiberiu Szmuck updated the conference on the NATO EXTRA COI Portal, its way ahead and future use. From the Centres of Excellence, MAJ Philippe Belda of the C-IED COE provided an interesting update on the C-IED Community of Interest Content Manager. CDR Yusuf Uğur Kocabaş of the Defence Against terrorism COE, briefed the audience on NATO's counter terrorism experience in Afghanistan and how value can be obtained from what he called hidden lessons. Finally, the Military Police COE was represented by LTC Rafal Szczypinski, who presented the NATO Military Police Lessons Learned Capability Team as the platform to support NATO Military Police to prepare and conduct present and future operations.
The first day of the NATO Lessons Learned Conference included many poignant and interesting presentations and lively panel discussions were had by all. It concluded with a social gathering at the Monsanto Officer’s Mess during which participants noted that they were looking forward to the next day’s panels and presentations.
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."
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.
The JALLC support to the AltA training course is part of the JALLC’s commitment to building NATO’s Lessons Learned capability. The AltA course is the third level of training recommended for Lessons Learned analysts, who should first complete the NATO Lessons Learned Online Course, then the NATO Lessons Learned Staff Officers Course before adding AltA training to their repertoire.
The JALLC’s Principal Operational Research Analyst was invited to brief NATO’s Operations Policy Committee (OPC) in September on the JALLC’s recent analysis project, Protection of Civilians, which looked at how ISAF reduced the number of incidents of civilian casualties over the course of the mission.
The project team analysed over 200 documents and obtained input from various International Organizations and NGO’s, all of which contributed to a comprehensive report on how NATO can learn from the ISAF mission in this respect. The findings from the statistical analysis of ISAF-related civilian casualty data together with a thorough literature review, allowed the project team to provide an in depth review of how ISAF reduced the number of incidents of civilian casualties and how NATO can learn from that experience in current and future operations.
The OPC were very appreciative of the briefing and commended the JALLC’s excellent work in connection with this project. The OPC confirmed that all of the recommendations set out in the JALLC’s report would be taken forward, including the recommendation for further study into the matter. You can read more about this report here.
On 23 September 2015, Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III visited the JALLC accompanied by Mr. Hasan Aygun (POLAD) and his Special Assistant, LT Dan Slot. Admiral Ferguson requested the visit to be included in his trip to Lisbon to meet with the Portuguese authorities and was meant to better understand the JALLC's organization and activities, including the support provided by the JALLC to Exercises
Due to the busy agenda of Admiral Ferguson, the visit consisted in a concise briefing focused on the ongoing projects and the support provided to exercises in Commander JALLC's office with the presence of all Divisions representatives. Admiral Ferguson took a great interest in the activities conducted by the JALLC and demonstrated willingness to contribute to both the JALLC's Programme of Work and to the prioritization of the Support to NATO Exercises.
When signing the Book of Honour, Admiral Ferguson expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and informative briefing he received and thanked the JALLC for its contribution to the Alliance
On 14 September 2015, His Excellency the Ambassador of Denmark, Mr. Michael Suhr, visited the JALLC. Mr. Suhr had requested the visit in order to better understand the JALLC's organization, activities, and the status of the JALLC's current joint analysis projects and other activities, including the support provided by the JALLC to Exercises.
The visit started with a short office call with Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu, followed by a briefing on the JALLC which included a short presentation on the recently updated NATO Lessons Learned Portal. Mr. Suhr took a great interest in the activities conducted by the JALLC and engaged with the briefers, asking questions and discussing topics throughout the presentation.
Mr. Michael Suhr expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and informative briefing he received from the JALLC and thanked the JALLC on behalf of his Nation for its contribution to the Alliance.
The visit ended with the traditional signing of the Book of Honour, gift exchanging, and the group photo
On the 9th of September the JALLC celebrated its 13th anniversary among colleagues, dignitaries and friends. Over 40 guests attended the JALLC’s birthday celebration together with the JALLC's staff, including the Portuguese Chief of Defence General Pina Monteiro, the Portuguese Chief of Air Force General Pinheiro and Ambassadors from some of the NATO Nations.
Guests were invited to share a slice of birthday cake in an informal setting hosted by the Monsanto Portuguese Air Force Command Base Mess. Commander JALLC briefly spoke about the JALLC's achievements over the past year, including the publishing 12 reports, holding a successful NATO Lessons Learned Conference, and the launch of the JALLC's new website. He also spoke about the future of the JALLC and his gratitude to the Host Nation of Portugal for its continuous support of the organization and to the JALLC staff for their contribution and dedication to the JALLC's efforts
This month the JALLC celebrates its thirteenth birthday. Established in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2002, the JALLC has since published over 240 analysis products, developed the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, the NATO EXTRA Portal, applications, handbooks, guides, dashboards and other products, all contributing to NATO's ongoing transformation.
The JALLC would like to take this opportunity to thank Portugal, our Host Nation, for their support over the past thirteen years and thank all JALLC staff, past and present for their contributions over the years.
The JALLC has been busy this summer putting the finishing touches to its new and improved JPA. The changes include a more simplified project management process, which is based on an adaption of the PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) approach, and a new full suite of analysis templates.
These new templates have been designed by the JALLC's Senior Operational Research Analyst (SORA), Ms Jackie Eaton, with input from most of the JALLC staff and are based on the JALLC's experience of actually managing analysis projects and how the analysts collect, analyses and synthesize data during a JALLC analysis project. You can find out more about the JPA and the JALLC Analyst Training Course, which includes training on the JPA
On 19 August, the JALLC's new Editor (working at the JALLC as the Editor since June 2015), Ms Jodie Lazell (GBR CIV), delivered the first internal training session on the Production Stage under the new JALLC Product Approach (JPA).
The Production Stage is the last stage in the JPA and is the point in a JALLC analysis project when all the findings, conclusions, and recommendations a Project Team have been working on, are pulled together into a comprehensive analysis product - usually a JALLC Analysis Report.
Good writing is important to getting any message across; the information needs to be logically organized, well referenced, and written in simple terms so that a reader can follow the writer’s ideas and come to the same conclusions. The JALLC has developed a number of practical guides and training elements that help the analysts through the writing process. You can find out more about the Production Stage, the JPA, and the JALLC Analyst Training Course, which includes training on the Production Stage.
On 13 August 2015, the Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Army, General Sérgio Westphalen Etchegoyen, visited the JALLC. The purpose of this visit was for the General and his party to gain an understanding of the JALLC, how it works, and what its activities are.
The visit started with a short office call with the JALLC's Chief of Staff, Colonel Jorge Barros Gomes, representing Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu in his absence. Following the office call, General Etchegoyen and his party were invited to attend a briefing on the JALLC which included an explanation of the JALLC's organization, mission, and tasks. The briefing also covered the JALLC's current Programme of Work as well as recent analysis projects and support to Exercises efforts.
The JALLC's briefing was followed by a presentation given by General Etchegoyen himself covering relevant aspects of the Brazilian Army including its organization and their internal lessons learned cell and portal.
General Etchegoyen's expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he had received at the JALLC and the informative briefing regarding the JALLC's activities, and his desire to improve the relationship between the JALLC and the Brazilian Army in the future, especially in the area of training.
The visit ended with the traditional signature of the Book of Honour, gift exchanging, and the group photo.
JALLC Civilian Analyst Nigel Branston attended the 10th NATO Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) Conference hosted by NATO's C-IED Centre of Excellence in Madrid, Spain from 24 to 26 June 2015, and delivered a briefing on the JALLC's recent Attack the Networks (AtN) analysis report which was published on 12 May 2015.
Keynote speaker MGEN Julie Beltz, Vice-Director of JIEDDO, opened the conference, referencing the JALLC AtN Report stating that, "The JALLC AtN report from May provides really good information and recommendations for the future of AtN in NATO." In addition, NATO International Staff and International Military Staff Representatives (Ms. Perret and COL Fernandes who acted as Customer Representatives for the JALLC AtN study) praised the JALLC AtN report for its in-depth analysis, conclusions and recommendations, and excellent structure and logic. These sentiments were echoed by the Supreme Allied Command Transformation’s C-IED specialist, Mr. Rubsamen.
The NATO C-IED Conference is intended to bring together C-IED experts from NATO and Nations, update participants on the latest C-IED related developments, discuss and debate issues and challenges, and agree on future activity. Approximately 100 attendees from NATO and Nations joined the Conference.
On 23 June 2015, the Commander of the United Kingdom Maritime Forces, Rear Admiral Tony Radakin, visited the JALLC on his request, for a short briefing on the JALLC activities.
The visit started with a short office call with Commandant JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu. Then, the COMUKMARFOR was invited to meet the JALLC Command Group and attend a briefing on the JALLC organization, mission and tasks, Programme of Work, current Projects and support to Exercises.
RADM Radakin acknowledged JALLC's contributions to the NATO Mission, and expresse the will to improve the relationship with both sides in the future, and agreed to be interviewed by a JALLC Team for a current Project.
The visit ended with the traditional signature of the Book of Honour, gift exchanging and the group photo.
On June 22nd, Brigadier General Hakan Eser, Commander of the South Eastern European Brigade (COM SEEBRIG) visited the JALLC. The intention of the visit was to informe BGEN Hakan Eser about the daily work within the JALLC, to have better visibility on the processes within the JALLC and to coordinate the activities of the JALLC with his own organization.
After the office call with Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu, Commandant JALLC, the General was briefed in detail by the Command Group of the JALLC about a variety of topics linked to the JALLC current activities.
Brigadier General Hakan Eser mentioned he appreciated very much the visit and is looking forward to improve the relationship between JALLC and the SEEBRIG.
The visit ended with some nice words in the "Book of Honor" and a group picture in front of the JALLC building.
On April 30, the Supreme Allied Command Transformation Deputy Chief Of Staff Capability Development, Vice Admiral Bruce Grooms, taking chance on his presence in Lisbon, representing
SACT for the visit of the
NATO National Policy Directors to Portugal, visited the
JALLC, to get an update on the current Projects going on.
The visit started with an office call with the Commander
JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu. Then,
CAPDEV headed to the
JALLC Auditorium to meet the
JALLC Command Group and to be briefed on the current Projects status, which were presented one by one by each Project Manager or, in some cases, by a military analyst representing the Project team.
After about one and a half-hour of fruitful discussions, Vice Admiral Grooms expressed his best appreciation to the work
JALLC is providing and stressed his commitment to support all the activities related with the
JALLC Mission and Tasks.
The visit ended with Vice Admiral Bruce Grooms writing a personal message in the Book of Honor and a group picture in front of the
On 12 March 2015, the
JALLC was honoured to host His Excellency the Portuguese Minister of Defence (MoD), José Pedro Aguiar-Branco.
After a courtesy call with Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu
ROU Army, the Portuguese Minister of Defence and his party were given a briefing focusing on the
JALLC mission, tasks and current activities, including ongoing projects, support to exercises and
At the end of the brief, Commander
JALLC took the opportunity to thank His Excellency for the outstanding support given by Portugal to
His Excellency signed the Book of Honour and exchanged official gifts with Commander JALLC before addressing the
JALLC staff. In his speech to the staff, the Minister of Defence stressed the importance of the
JALLC's work to the Alliance, the significance of Portugal hosting a
NATO Command Structure entity, and finished his speech wishing all success for the
JALLC and its staff.
Before leaving the
JALLC, His Excellency, the party and the
JALLC Command Group joined in front of the building for the traditional Group Picture
Colonel Keisuke Kawae, Chief of Doctrine Development Office at the Air Staff College in Japan, visited the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre in Lisbon, Portugal on 9 March 2015.
After an office call with Chief of Staff
JALLC, Colonel Jorge Gomes, Col Kawae was briefed on where the
JALLC fits within
NATOâ€™s military structure, and on the role, capabilities, activities and current Programme of Work of the Centre. Of particular interest to Colonel Kawae was the support
JALLC could offer to
NATO Nations, Partner for Peace Nations and the
NATO Global Partners by the
JALLC Advisory and Training Team (
JATT) in advice on how to enhance the lessons learned capability. Colonel Kawae looked forward to further cooperation between Japanese Forces and the
JALLC in attending Lessons Learned (
LL) courses and the
LL conference as well as a potential visit from the
JATT to Japan.
The visit was concluded by signing the
JALLC Book of Honour and a group picture.
On Thursday 5 March 2015, His Excellency Mr. Govert Bijl de Vroe, Netherlands Ambassador to Portugal, together with the Counselor of the Embassy, Marieke Monroy-Winter visited the
The visit started with a welcome by Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu, Commander
JALLC, during an office call. After the office call members of the Command Group provided the Ambassador with a tailored briefing about the
JALLC's Organization, Mission, Tasks, the ongoing Programme of Work and the
NATO Lessons Learned Process.
Mr. Govert Bijl de Vroe showed great interest in the
JALLC activities recognizing the important work of the
JALLC and the current and future challenges for
After the presentations, the Ambassador signed the Book of Honour and a group picture was taken in front of the
JALLC building .
JALLC, the Penta-J Meeting took place on 13 February 2015. This designation was used officially for the first time, counting with the presence of the
JFT, Vice Admiral Javier Gonzalez-Huix, Commander
JALLC, Brigadier-General Mircea Mîndrescu, Commander
JWC, Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander
JFTC, Brigadier General Wojciech Grabowski, and
ACOS J7, Brigadier-General Stefan Kaleta. The
JETE, Brigadier General Dzintars Roga, as well as the Chief Of Staff
JWC, Brigadier General Roger Watkins, were also participating in this important meeting.
The chairman of this meeting was the
JFT. The purpose of this event was to coordinate Penta-J activities of mutual interest and discuss recent events of global importance, and
NATO response to them. After some introductory words given by Vice Admiral Gonzalez-Huix, Commander
JALLC welcomed all the participants, encouraging the free spirit of the discussions. Then, one by one, the other three Delegation Heads also stressed their expectations to the meeting. All delegations briefed on the current activities, the respective Programme Of Work, the future engagement and the out comings of the recent Wales Summit and their implications to each J-Command responsibilities.
The bi-annual meeting is an important event in the Penta-J calendar enabling
JFT, the Commanders
ACOS J7 and senior staffs to discuss key issues face-to-face, to share vital information and knowledge through a series of briefings and discussions, and to enable the staffs to work more closely together to harmonize key activities and wherever possible, align outputs.
Almost at the end, Major-General Reinhard Wolski offered to welcome the next Penta-J Meeting at
JWC, in Stavanger, September next. The meeting ended with some last words from the chairman, Vice Admiral Javier Gonzalez-Huix, who stressed the importance and the success of this meeting in Lisbon.
On 22 January 2015, Brigadier General MD Dr. Stefan Kowitz MBA, Director
COE, together with Dr. Christopher Westbrook,
COE Lessons Learned Branch Head, visited the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre upon their request, to have an overview of the
JALLC organization, mission, Programme Of Work, current projects, the Wales Summit and tasks from
IMS, and to establish a more firm connection between the two organizations and to intensify mutual support and cooperation.
The visit started with an office call with the Commander
JALLC Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu. After, the visit party was invited to take a
JALLC Command Group Briefing, where some significant issues had been discussed. After a short break, Dr. Stefan Kowitz presented a slide briefing on the
COE current activities. The meeting was a very good opportunity to stress the importance of future co-operation, either at the Lessons Learned process level or different projects execution.
The visit ended with the traditional signature of the Book of Honour, gift exchanging and the group photo.
On 15 January 2015,
JALLC organised, at his home base in Monsanto, Lisbon, a
NATO – Portugal New Year's Informal Gathering. The aim of this event was to help straighten the bonds between the top Portuguese Military Heads and the
NATO Bodies based in Portugal with a view to improve the cooperation between them.
This important event was honoured with the presence of the Portuguese Chief Of Defence, General Artur Pina Monteiro, the Chief Of Staff of the Portuguese Air Force, General José Araújo Pinheiro, the Chief Of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Admiral Luis Macieira Fragoso, the Chief Of Staff of the Portuguese Army, General Carlos Hernadez Jerónimo, all with their Chiefs of Cabinet, the Commander
STRIKFORNATO, Admiral James Foggo, with both the Deputy Commander and the Chief Of Staff, and the Commander of Comando Aéreo, compound hosting
JALLC, Lieutenant General João Lopes da Silva.
On 15 January 2015, the Commander
STRIKFORNATO, Vice Admiral James Foggo, together with his Political Advisor, Mr. James Lee Smith, visited the
JALLC for an office call with the Commander JALLC, Brigadier General Mircea Mîndrescu.
This was the first time Admiral Foggo visited the
JALLC, since being recently designated Commander
STRIKFORNATO. Due to his full agenda, on his first presence in Lisbon, the meeting was short and Vice Admiral Foggo was also introduced to the
JALLC Command Group members.
Vice Admiral James Foggo will certainly have more chances to visit the
JALLC and showed his appreciation for the support given by
STRIKFORNATO, looking forward to future cooperation between both sides.