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Communication is Key

Communication key symbols and means

The JALLC has always been a bit of hidden gem in NATO. Not many people within the Alliance, let alone outside of it, really understood what the JALLC was, what we did and how we contribute to the Alliance’s transformation. In 2017, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mario Barreto, and as part of the NATO Lessons Learned Optimization Action Plan (NLLOAP), recognized the need to increase the JALLC's visibility inside and outside of NATO and raise awareness for the JALLC's activities. The NLLOAP is aimed at optimizing NATO's ability to capture and use Observations, Lessons, and Best Practices in order to transform and meet the needs of the Allies. The JALLC has a big role to play in this process and indeed the NATO Lessons Learned Capability going forwards more generally.

The JALLC's six key activities

  • the NATO Lessons Learned Portal logoNATO LL Portal - The NATO Lessons Learned Portal (the Portal) is NATO's centralized hub for all Lessons-related information. It is managed and maintained by the JALLC, contributing to the NATO Lessons Learned Process.
  • the Analysis logoAnalysis - Analysis is an important part of the NATO Lessons Learned Process and is key to transforming Observations into Lessons. The JALLC analyses a wide variety of data tackling NATO-wide issues to improve and transform the Alliance.
  • the training logoTraining - The JALLC develops its education and training programme to ensure that the best possible courses are provided on Lessons and Analysis related topics in support of the NATO Lessons Learned Process.
  • the outreach logoOutreach - The JALLC Advisory & Training Team (JATT) ensures that NATO's Lessons Learned Process and the underlying capability is widely known and used throughout NATO through tailored training and support.
  • the supoort to exercises logoSupport to Exercises - The JALLC supports NATO by providing education and/or training to the exercise’s Lessons Learned staff and Key Leaders, and if necessary, supports the analysis process, allowing staff to turn observations into Lessons.
  • the NATO Lessons Learned events logoLessons Learned Events - The Lessons Learned Conference is one of the NATO's Lessons Community’s events to get together and discuss Lessons-related topics.
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Portuguese Air Force Air Command in Lisbon celebrates 61st birthday

Portuguese Air Command based in Lisbon celebrating its 61st anniversary

The Portuguese Air Command based in Lisbon celebrated its 61st anniversary on 06 April in a ceremony chaired by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Manuel Teixeira Rolo and attended, among others, by the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mário Barreto. The Air Command has hosted the JALLC in Lisbon since 2002.
During the event, the Air Commander, Lieutenant General Joaquim Borrego delivered a speech celebrating the occasion, there was a tribute to Fallen Airmen, and military decorations were awarded to air men and women.

The Air Command is responsible for training, deploying, and sustaining of the operational component of the Portuguese Air Force, as well as for assuring other missions that are assigned to the Air Force. The JALLC wishes the Air Command a very Happy Birthday and a big thank you for being such generous hosts over the years

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NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2018

audience at the Lessons Learned conference 2018

Hosted by the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), the NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2018 (Conference) was held on 20 – 22 March 2018 in Oeiras, Portugal at the Lagoas Park Hotel Congress Facilities. Bringing together more than one hundred participants with various backgrounds and from different entities inside and outside of NATO, this year’s Conference aimed to focus on two main themes: Interoperability and Information Exchange of Lessons within NATO and with Partners, including IOs, GOs, and NGOs; and the NATO Lessons Learned Optimization Action Plan (NLLOAP) assessment and adaptation.

This year saw a big change to the format of the Conference. In past years, the Conference has been presented in seminar/presentation format with Participants listening to lectures and briefs on a wide range of topics relating to the Conference theme. This year, Participants were divided into syndicates and worked actively with JALLC staff and Subject Matter Experts (SME) to analyse the theme related topics in more depth and make recommendations for a way ahead for NATO. The syndicate work resulted in a tangible output that can be actioned via the NATO Lessons Learned Portal , NATO's single tool for all Lessons-related information and the digital home of the Conference.

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier (French Air Force) opened the Conference by video. General Mercier emphasized that enhanced interoperability will make sharing lessons easier, and that machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other emerging disruptive technologies will assist the analysis of data in the future. General Mercier was followed by the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mario Barreto (Portuguese Air Force), who noted that, "… the NATO Lessons community must also ensure true interoperability in the lessons learned context, to provide the right processes, tools, structures and training that enable and encourage—and not hinder—the exchange and sharing of information, knowledge, experience, lessons, and best practices"

BGen Barreto speacking at the conference

Subsequently, four SMEs briefed the audience on their syndicate’s topic. Mr. Nick Milton, director, co-founder of Knoco Ltd, and specialist on knowledge management, introduced the procedural dimension of interoperability followed by research analyst at the JALLC, Mr. Stefan Olaru, who spoke about the technical dimension. The human dimension of interoperability was then introduced by Mr. Marvin Lee Thordsen, civilian behavioural analyst who was followed by Brigadier General Henrik Sommer (Danish Army), Assistant Chief of Staff at HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation ( HQ SACT, who highlighted the crucial work being done on the NATO Lessons Learned Process in the form of the NATO Lessons Learned Optimization Action Plan. This action plan is aimed at significantly improving the way NATO learns from its past experiences in both operations and exercises. The Participants were then introduced to their syndicates and began working on their relative topics under the guidance of JALLC staff and SMEs.

In order to further broaden the Participants understanding and awareness of the Conference themes, a series of SME lectures was offered during the second day of the Conference. Mr. Gilles Hansoul, senior advisor for Operational Affairs at ICRC, spoke about the ICRC-NATO Lessons Learned Dialogue. Colonel Marek Kotowski, Innovation, Doctrine, and Lessons Learned Branch head at HQ SACT, addressed the participants on the topic of Lessons Learned in a multinational environment. Mr. Stefan Olaru spoke about Communication and Information Systems Interoperability Verification and Validation, a hot topic in NATO at the moment and Mr. Marvin Lee Thordsen presented some food for thought on the topic of interoperability. And finally, Mr Nick Milton presented the issue of how to avoid the Garbage In Garbage Out (GIGO) principle in lessons learned. The Participants engaged in a fruitful discussion with the speakers asking lots of thought provoking questions.

syndicate work at the Lessons Learned conference 2018

The final plenary session of the Conference was opened by the JALLC's Commander who began by re-capping the events of the previous two days, and thanking the participants, as well as everyone who had contributed to making the Conference a success. Mr Ian Richmond, expert from the Crisis Response and Exercises Section in NATO HQ International Staff, followed with a presentation on Lessons Learned related topics from NATO HQ's perspective, the air gap between Lessons Learned at NATO HQ and the NATO Command Structure, and Lessons Learned challenges at the strategic level.

Representatives from each of the syndicate working groups then presented their respective findings which you can read about in the NATO Lessons Learned Conference 2018 Factsheet and in the Conference Report which will be published this Spring.

To conclude the plenary session and the Conference, the JALLC's Commander presented final Conference Statement which represents a summary of all of the key findings from the syndicate work and the best thinking from the Conference. The Commander first stressed the importance of the work done in the syndicates and the effort made by the syndicate chairs, facilitators, and experts as well as the significant level of participation from the conference participants. The Commander then confirmed that the new format of the Conference had been met with many positive remarks and perceived as a fruitful and dynamic way to bring worthwhile suggestions for transformation of NATO.

The next Lessons Learned event on the JALLC's calendar is planned for October and will look at how disruptive technologies can assist in lessons learning. Details on this event will be made available on the JALLC's website and on the NATO Lessons Learned Portal.

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JALLC published the March edition of its newsletter, The Explorer.

JALLC Explorer 2018 edition 1

This week the JALLC published the March edition of its newsletter, The Explorer. This is the first edition to be published in 2018 and it features specials on the JALLC's 15th Anniversary celebrations, the upcoming NATO Lessons Learned Conference and all the latest news on the JALLC's projects and events. This edition of the Explorer is the first to feature the full new look which was introduced in the Christmas Special Edition. You can find out more about the new look, the rebranding and reorganization of the JALLC's activities in an article on how communication is key to mission success.

download here the Explorer 2018 Edition 1

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Supreme Allied Commander Transformation presents commendations to JALLC staff members

Mr. Stefan Olaru and Dr Henrik Heidenkamp being presented with a Certificate of Commendation for meritorious service to NATO by SACT

On 27 February 2018 Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier (French Air Force), presented two JALLC staff members with Certificates of Commendation. The commendations were awarded during a ceremony with all of the JALLC's staff present, including the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mario Barreto, and Chief of Staff, Colonel Henrique Santos, who congratulated the gentlemen on their commendations.

Mr. Stefan Olaru (Civilian Analyst from Romania) and Dr Henrik Heidenkamp (Civilian Analyst from Germany) were presented with a Certificate of Commendation for meritorious service to NATO by SACT. Both gentlemen were praised for their contribution to the mission success of the JALLC including their activities relating to the production of high quality JALLC Analysis Reports. Mr Olaru distinguished himself through his, “…superior performance with exceptional knowledge, technical acumen, and perseverance in an extremely demanding assignment.” Dr Heidenkamp, was recognized for his “….high-level analysis [conducted] in a truly outstanding manner covering a broad variety of complex themes as well as contributed to the JALLC activities by his outstanding analytical and strategic thinking delivering tangible outcomes.”

The Ceremony was held during SACT's visit to Portugal in connection with the visit of NATO's Military Committee to ACT which took place earlier that week and was hosted by the JALLC at its facilities in Lisbon and the facilities in Oeirias.

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NATO Military Committee visit Allied Command Transformation in Portugal

MC in Portugal

At the invitation of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier, the Military Committee (MC) held their annual meeting with Allied Command Transformation (ACT), but this year SACT chose to invite the MC to visit the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting was held at both the JALLC's facilities in Lisbon and the facilities of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) Headquarters on the Reduto Gomes Freire base in Oeiras which afforded the MC the opportunity to meet with representatives from both organizations and see the site for the NATO Information and Communications Academy, which is currently being built there.

After receiving full military honours, General Petr Pavel, the Chairman of the MC (CMC) and the Military Committee received warm welcomes from Chief of Staff HQ SACT, Air Marshal Graham Stacey and the Commander of JALLC, Brigadier General Mario Barreto, before embarking on their two-day formal meeting session which began with a briefing on the JALLC and how it has been refocusing its activities to better support NATO's Lessons Learned Process as part of the NATO Lessons Learned Optimization Plan.

The focus of the Military Committee’s two-day meeting was adaptation and innovation, as part of the continuous effort to ensure the Alliance addresses both current challenges and tasks as well as keeps pace with technological and operational changes.

In order to gain deeper understanding and awareness, the Military Representatives received subject matter expert briefings from senior military and civilian officials from ACT, NATO Headquarters Consultation, Command and Control Staff (NHQC3S), NATO Communication and Information (NCI) Agency, NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) and STRIKFORNATO. Topics of discussion included NATO Command Structure adaptation, long term military strategic considerations, Cyberspace, emergence of disruptive technologies, and Maritime domain. The visit will also assist ongoing work for the 2018 Summit in Brussels.

At the joint press conference with General Mercier, General Pavel stressed: “The Military Committee’s visit to ACT in Portugal is very timely, as our discussions will be reflected in products for the July NATO Summit and beyond. NATO must be prepared as much for the now as for the future. With an ever changing and complex international security environment affecting strategic assumptions, it is essential that we operate and adapt at the same time”.

SACT noted that, bringing the MC to Portugal was important to highlight the way in which the JALLC has worked to very quickly refocus their activities to meet the needs of the Nations in terms of NATO's Lessons Learned Process and that the JALLC and Portugal remain important to ACT and the Alliance as a whole.

In conjunction with the MC visit, General Mercier and General Pavel also met with the Portuguese Minister of Defence, H. E. Mr. Jose Alberto de Azeredo Lopes and the Portuguese Chief of Defence, General Artur Pina Monteiro.

Video of the visit of the NATO Military Committee to Allied Command Transformation in Portugal

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German Armed Forces Command and Staff College visited the JALLC

Mr. Stefan Olaru and Dr Henrik Heidenkamp being presented with a Certificate of Commendation for meritorious service to NATO by SACT

On 27 February 2018, a delegation of the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (FüAk Bw) visited the JALLC. The delegation consisted of 12 students of the Joint General/Admiral Staff Officer Course (LGAN) lead by Colonel Baum and was accompanied by the German Defence Attaché in Portugal, Commander Palum. All were welcomed at the JALLC by the German Senior National Representative in Portugal and JALLC Operations Division Head, Captain Velten of the German Navy.

Supported by Dr. Henrik Heidenkamp (Civilian Research Analyst at the JALLC), Captain Velten familiarized the FüAk delegation with the German Military Representation in Portugal as well as the JALLC's and NATO's Naval Striking and Support Forces’ (STRIKFORNATO) missions, activities, and organizations. In particular the JALLC hosts explained the JALLC's approach to monitoring and supervising the NATO LL process, the collection and sharing of Lessons as well as the JALLC's training, advising and assessment activities. Every year 100 national and international students from the German Army, Airforce, Navy, the Central Medical Service, and Geoinformation Service join the two-year LGAN – the most demanding course of the FüAk Bw.

The visit concluded the FüAk delegation’s visit to Lisbon during which delegation members gained insights into factors influencing Portugal’s security and defence policy, the command organization of the Portuguese Armed Forces, and its process of transformation.

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Portuguese FOGO Course visits JALLC

FOGOs course visiting JALLC

On 01 March 2018, the JALLC was visited by the Portuguese Flag Officer/General Officer Course 2017/2018. The visiting party included the Director of the Course, Major-General Jorge Andrade, 6 Navy Commanders, 10 Army Colonels (2 from Brazil and 1 from Sao Tome and Principe), 6 Air Force Colonels (1 from Brazil) and Colonel Rui Tendeiro. During the visit, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mário Barreto provided the visiting officers with information on the JALLC, its strategic relevance, organization, responsibilities and activities.

The Commander also detailed the on-going process of developing and improving the NATO Lessons Learned Portal and the upcoming NATO Lessons Learned Conference which will be organized by the JALLC in Lisbon during the month of March 2018. During the conference, Allied and Partner nations' officers will have the chance to provide feedback about the tools and processes NATO is using within the Lessons Learned environment.

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Inaugural NATO STO Technology Trends Workshop

participants at workshop identifying technology trends

On February 27 and 28, 2018, 50 participants from 21 countries came together to Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, for the inaugural Science and Technology Organization (STO) Technology Trends workshop, organized by the STO Office of the Chief Scientist and hosted by the STO Collaboration Support Office.

This two day meeting was the first of two workshops aiming to identify technology trends that will be potentially disruptive for defence in the short, medium, and long term up to and beyond 20 years. Nations need to identify and assess militarily relevant technology trends in order to understand how these trends could influence the future operating environment and the capabilities of Allies, Partners, and potential adversaries.

In the morning of the first day, experts from the Fraunhofer INT (Germany), the Finnish Defence Research Agency (Finland), Armasuisse (Switzerland), TNO (The Netherlands), and Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada) briefed participants on the technology trends being monitored by their respective nations, and representatives from the STO Panels and Group provided updates on their Technology Watch cards. These briefs served as inspiration for the rest of the workshop, in which participants engaged in lively brainstorming about technologies that may disrupt defence in the near (< 6 years), medium (6-20 years), and long (20+ years) term. Under the guidance of NATO alternative analysis facilitators from Allied Command Transformation (ACT): WO Tibor Karamos (HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT)), Ms Katie Mauldin (Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC)), and Cdr David Stoffell (HQ SACT), participants arranged individual ideas as leaves on trees representing broader technology categories, with branches growing from near to long term.

the workshop area

The next stage of the workshop involved pruning ideas and cross-fertilization between trees for refinement. Then participants voted on the branches with greatest potential impact. Trees with the largest number of votes were further refined by small groups of participants, and were then presented at the end of the workshop. The ten trees presented encompassed the following areas: Space, New Weapons, Autonomous Systems and Countermeasures, Energy, Human Capability Enhancement, Computing Superiority, Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Sensors, Assured Connectivity, and Manufacturing. Additional trees identified as important covered Ethics, Culture, and Environment.

The first workshop was a great success, not only resulting in the identification of several technology trends likely to be disruptive to defence in the future, but also offering participants the opportunity to network with other experts in the fields of science, technology, and foresight from NATO and partner nations and organizations.

The second workshop in this series will invite military personnel to offer their input on the military applications of the technology trends identified in the first workshop. A full report based on the results from both workshops is expected in November of 2018.

To join the NATO technology trends community space, where you can access slides from this workshop, please follow this link: https://scienceconnect.sto.nato.int/spaces/4146/posts.

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Maritime Focus concludes the visit of the Military Committee to Portugal

MC in Portugal - Third Day

The maritime domain was the focus of the final day of the Military Committee’s (MC) visit to Portugal. The Military Representatives were briefed by Commander MARCOM, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, on the Maritime Environment with additional presentations on specific NATO maritime activities such as those in the Black Sea region and Operation Sea Guardian. Maritime security is high on NATO’s agenda. As part of the 2011 Alliance Maritime Strategy and in line with the Alliance’s maritime posture, Allied decided at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016 to transform article 5 operation Active Endeavour into a maritime security operation named Operation Sea Guardian. This operation was created at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016. It can perform a broad range of maritime security tasks and is currently operating in the Mediterranean Sea. You can read more about Operation Sea Guardian on NATO’s website.

These presentations were followed by a briefing by STRIKFORNATO (NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Force, based in Oeiras, Portugal)) on its mission, structure, and activities intended to inform the MC of how STRIKFORNATO works to integrate High-End US assets into NATO’s Maritime capability and provide rapidly deployable maritime and amphibious forces to Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). The final presentation of the MC’s visit was on the topic of Ballistic Missile Defence, providing the MC with an overview of the status of this important NATO capability, the range and scope of protection it affords, and future plans. Proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. Many countries have, or are trying to develop or acquire ballistic missiles. The proliferation of these capabilities does not necessarily mean there is an immediate intent to attack NATO, but it does mean that the Alliance has a responsibility to take this into account as part of its core task of collective defence. You can read more about NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defence capability.

The Chairman of the MC, General Petr Pavel (Czech Army) wrapped up the final day and the MC’s visit more generally by thanking all involved in the organization of the visit, including the JALLC and Portugal as the Host Nation, and emphasized the need for continued discussion in the MC on many of the topics touched upon during this productive and successful off-site session.

From 26-28 February, NATO’s Military Committee (MC) visited Allied Command Transformation (ACT), one of the two NATO Strategic Commands. This year, at the request of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier (French Air Force), the JALLC hosted the visit at NATO’s facilities in Lisbon and Oeiras in Portugal.

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Military Committee Concludes Second Day of Visit to Portugal Successfully

MC in Portugal - Second Day

The second day of NATO’s Military Committee (MC) visit to Allied Command Transformation (ACT), as part of a three-day working session, saw the topic of technology being discussed in more detail. Specifically, how new technologies can be better utilized to improve the Alliance’s capabilities and how the use of advanced and emerging technology can be integrated into the way NATO works.

The final topic discussed during the formal MC meeting was Human Capital as a game changer for NATO, in particular in the context of emerging technologies and how they relate to NATO personnel. After an explanation on the topic from ACT’s perspective from Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer, Major General Stefano Salamida (Italian Air Force), an interesting and productive discussion ensued among the Military Representatives. The number of questions asked and statements made by the MC and ACT during the discussion clearly highlighted the importance of the issue, not only for NATO, but also for the Nations. The discussion focussed on a number of related topics such as the changing recruitment requirements for military as we move more and more into the digital era, with many Nations noting that, although there was an increased need to recruit so-called Digital Warriors, who need to be able to absorb and exploit new technologies from a military perspective, there is still a need to maintain conventional military requirements.

The MC then went on to discuss topics related to the Cyber Domain with speakers addressing many related topics such as NATO’s Cyberspace Domain Roadmap and the Operationalization of the Cyberspace Domain. Cyber threats and attacks are becoming more common, sophisticated, and damaging. The Alliance is faced with an evolving complex threat environment. In recent events, cyber-attacks have been part of hybrid warfare. NATO and its Allies rely on strong and resilient cyber defences to fulfil the Alliance’s core tasks of collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security. NATO needs to be prepared to defend its networks and operations against the growing sophistication of the cyber threats and attacks it faces. You can find out more on Cyber Defence in NATO by following this link .

At a joint press conference given by SACT and General Petr Pavel (Czech Army; chairman of the MC (CMC) since June 2015) both gentlemen reiterated the importance of the opportunity for the MC and ACT to meet and discuss such relevant topics. They also highlighted the role the JALLC plays in NATO’s Lessons Learned Process and thanked Portugal, the Host Nation of the JALLC and this week’s event, for its continuing commitment and contribution to the Alliance.

Tomorrow, 28 February, is the last day of the MC’s visit to ACT and to Portugal and will see the members of the MC looking at NATO’s maritime capabilities in more depth.

From 26-28 February, NATO’s MC is visiting one of the two NATO Strategic Commands; ACT. This year, at the request of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier (French Air Force), the JALLC is hosting the visit at NATO’s facilities in Lisbon, Portugal.

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JALLC hosts the Military Committee Visit to ACT in Portugal - First Day a Great Success

MC in Portugal - First Day

From 26-28 February, NATO’s Military Committee (MC) is visiting one of the two NATO Strategic Commands; Allied Command Transformation (ACT). This year, at the request of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier (French Air Force), the JALLC is hosting the visit at NATO’s facilities in Lisbon, Portugal.

Today marked the first day of the three-day working visit of the MC. SACT himself kicked off the first day’s talks by welcoming the MC, chaired by General Petr Pavel (Czech Army; chairman of the MC (CMC) since June 2015), to the JALLC’s facilities at the Portuguese Air Force Base in Lisbon.

SACT stressed the importance of Lessons Learned (LL) in the Alliance and how the NATO Command Structure (NCS) adaptation is an opportunity for ACT and the MC to how together to improve NATO. The JALLC’s Commander, Brigadier General Mario Barreto (Portuguese Air Force), followed SACT informing the MC of the JALLC’s refocused mission, its activities, and the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, NATO’s single tool for Lessons-related information.

An interesting discussion on Lessons Learned ensued, with representatives from various Nations asking pertinent questions on the NATO Lessons Learned Process, the Portal, and the JALLC's role. Questions were answered by ACT's leadership including the JALLC's commander. All formed the morning session productive and informative. You can find out more about the NATO Lessons Learned Portal on our website and by watching this informative video.

The second part of the visit took place at the Reduto Gomes Freire Base in Oeiras, just outside of Lisbon. SACT first briefed the MC in more detail on the adaptation of the NCS from ACT’s perspective and informed the representatives of how ACT is contributing to the adaptation process and to ensuring that the Alliance is Fit for Purpose. Chief of Staff HQ SACT, Air Marshall Sir Graham Stacey (British Air Force) contributed to the discussion noting that NATO needs to be a flexible, adaptive, and responsive organization for this century’s threats. The MC posed questions to ACT’s leadership, including Deputy Chiefs of Staff from NATO’s Joint Force Trainer and the Military Partnership on topics such as resourcing, the future of the Alliance, and the coordination and working relationship between ACT and Allied Command Operations. This presentation was then followed by discussion on various related topics including the Future Framework for Alliance Operations.

This first day, was deemed informative and productive by all with many relevant topics being addressed by key speakers and discussed among the MC. Tomorrow, 27 February, sees the MC gathering again to further discuss the future of the Alliance. The JALLC is proud to host this event and looks forward to fruitful discussions during these three days.

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Chief of Staff NCIA visits JALLC

Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal visits JALLC

On 01 February 2018, the JALLC was visited by the Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of the NATO Communications and Information Systems Agency (NCIA), Rear Admiral Thomas Daum (German Navy). During the office call, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Mário Barreto, and Rear Admiral Daum shared and discussed their strategic visions of NATO and the new Cyber Domain of Warfare. This was a particularly interesting visit for both NATO bodies as the JALLC is currently in the process of developing and improving the NATO Lessons Learned Portal and NCIA is a key NATO entity in which regards software development.

Another topic discussed was the upcoming NATO Lessons Learned Conference which will be organized by the JALLC in Lisbon during the month of March 2018. During the conference Allied and Partner nations' officers will have the chance to provide feedback about the tools and processes NATO is using within the Lessons Learned environment.

The visit ended with the Rear Admiral signing the book of honour, where he expressed the intention carry on supporting the JALLC in its Information Technologies requirements.

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JALLC received the visit of the Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal

Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal visits JALLC

On 30 January 2018, the JALLC received the visit of the Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal – His Excellency Anders Erdal. The Ambassador had an Office Call with the JALLC's Commander—Brigadier General Mário Barreto—followed by a briefing on the JALLC's mission, activities, its role, and overall contribution to the Transformation of the Alliance.

The ensuing discussion among the Ambassador and the JALLC's staff attending the briefing, provided the diplomat with an improved understanding of the Centre’s latest analytical projects and Lessons Learned related activities.

This visit formed part of the JALLC's wider outreach and communications plan which is intended to increase the JALLC's visibility both inside and outside of NATO as well as improve the understanding of the JALLC's activities and contribution to NATO.

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NATO Secretary General – Jens Stoltenberg – visits the JALLC

NATO Secretary General – Jens Stoltenberg at JALLC

On the morning of 26JAN18, the JALLC received the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Secretary General was accompanied by the Portuguese Minister of Defense José Azeredo Lopes and several other NATO and Portuguese dignitaries. During the visit to the JALLC, the Secretary General had an office call with the JALLC Commander Brigadier General Mário Barreto, followed by a briefing about the refocused mission of the JALLC.

After the briefing, the Secretary General addressed the staff of the JALLC, thanking them for the good work the Centre has been doing for the past 15 years, and expressing his confidence in the restructuring process the JALLC is undergoing in order to lead the Lessons Learned Process in NATO. In his address, he stated that:

"The JALLC is key for NATO's adaptation"
NATO Secretary General – Jens Stoltenberg at JALLC with the staff

He emphasized this point with the example of a JALLC analysis report on Defence Metrics, which he often uses as a reference in discussions with Nations, particularly regarding the issue of burden sharing in NATO. Referring to Lessons Learned activities, the Secretary General said:

"At the end of the day, this is all about saving lives"

He finished by thanking all JALLC staff members for their commitment and contribution to the Alliance's shared security.

The video of NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, visit to JALLC

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The NATO Lessons Learned Portal

The NATO Lessons Learned Portal is the Alliance’s centralized hub for all things related to Lessons learned. It is managed and maintained by the JALLC, acting as NATO's leading agent for Lessons Learned.
Observations and Best Practices that may lead to Lessons to be Learned can be submitted to the Portal, and the JALLC will ensure that these Observations find their way through the NATO Lessons Learned Process.
The information shared on the NATO Lessons Learned Portal can help saving lives.

The little piece of information you have, may be the fragment missing to understand the bigger problem/solution – make sure you share it.

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