This year the JALLC is once again hosting an annual get together for the NATO Lessons Learned (LL) Community. The NATO LL Conference (NLLC) 2019, which will be held from 14 to 16 October, will combine the traditional NLLC concept—which focusses on a theme of relevance to the NATO LL-Community—with the NATO New Technologies Event (NTE) concept—which was launched successfully last year, and which provides a forum to present and discuss New Technologies in the context of LL.
During the first two and a half days of the event, Attendees will receive briefings and presentations on the main conference theme of: Improving the NATO LL Capability in order to enhance NATO's warfighting capability. This theme is right at the heart of what the JALLC does in terms of Lessons Learned and includes presentations on related topics from JALLC staff as well as from prominent guest speakers. The conference format also provides an opportunity for group discussion and audience interaction and will be another interesting edition of this revered event in the NATO LL Calendar.
The last afternoon of the NLLC is given over to New Technologies in the LL Context and follows on from the NTE in 2018. Attendees to this last afternoon of the NLLC will be focussing on insights and best practices relevant for the development of a new LL Toolset. Again, attendees will be briefed by subject matter experts from the JALLC, the wider NATO structure, as well as from Non-NATO Entities. Attendees will have also the opportunity to share their ideas and contribute their requirements for a future NATO LL Toolset.
The NLLC 2019 will be held at Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) in Carcavelos. Sat sweetly in between Lisbon and the beautiful coastal town Cascais, Nova SBE was recently inaugurated and boasts some impressive facilities and a fantastic location for the NLLC 2019. You can find out more about NOVA SBE here: https://www2.novasbe.unl.pt/en/about-us/nova-sbe-at-a-glance.
The 7th Lessons Learned Workshop (LLWS ) of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE) was conducted at Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain, from 11 to 13 June 2019.
Two JALLC Staff members attended this workshop. They led a panel on "Information Exchange and National Solutions" and gave presentations on the NATO LL Portal and the Analysis Process used in JALLC projects.
The aim of the LLWS was to feed information to the NATO Lessons Learned structures to contribute to the improvement of NATO and national operations and to increase the knowledge of the missions that different nations/agencies are conducting in countries with a high IED threat, in order to facilitate and enhance interaction in the multinational C-IED community.
The LLWS focussed on several topics relating to LL in the C-IED disciplines, like threat analysis from the theatre, support to NATO training activities, and cooperation amongst the COEs.
The C-IED COE is an International Military Organization, manned and funded by contributions from 12 Nations. Although it is accredited by NATO, a COE is not part of the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but forms part of the wider framework supporting the NCS.
Logistics units from 30 nations gathered together in northern Poland from late May to mid-July in order to “exercise multinational logistics and to enhance interoperability among nations.” Planned and coordinated by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) in Prague, and supported by Poland as Host Nation (HN), Exercise CAPABLE LOGISTICIAN 2019 (CL19) served as an opportunity to train NATO and Partner Nations, NATO Command Structure (NCS), and NATO Force Structure (NFS), among others. CL exercises are conducted, typically, every two years, with participation varying according to nations’ willingness and availability. A large part of the value of the exercise comes from the reporting of the Evaluation, Analysis, and Reporting Cell (EARC), which uses a team of functional area experts (areas include water, fuel, smart energy, and ammunition, among others) to make observations, analyses, and evaluations of various parts of the exercise. The results of this work are pulled together in a final exercise report, using the NATO Lessons Identified format, to make recommendations directly to the various standardization boards and working groups within the NATO Military Committee.
To support the EARC's process and products, the JALLC has deployed a small team of civilian and military analysts to CL iterations in 2013, 2015, and 2019. The JALLC team plays a key role by integrating into the EARC, ensuring the quality of the data collected, and providing the analytical support to bring the bigger "NATO picture" to the functional area experts’ individual observations. The work of the EARC at each of these exercises has resulted in over 50 different observations across logistics functional areas and even more recommendations. In fact, over 90% of the recommendations from the CL15 report were endorsed by the Nations through the Military Committee, resulting in direct input and improvements to NATO military doctrine, tactics, and procedures at the heart of NATO standardization and interoperability. The final reporting from CL19 will be no different and is expected in autumn 2019.
Today, 24 June 2019, the JALLC celebrated the change of command from Brigadier General (BGEN) Antonio Nascimento from the Portuguese Air Force to BGEN Bogdan Cernat from the Romanian Army. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency, Ioana Bivolaru, the Ambassador of Romania to Portugal, the Portuguese Chief of Defence, Admiral Silva Ribeiro, the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Army, General Jose Nunes de Fonseca, Vice Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Vice Admiral Jorge Novo Palma representing the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, the Portuguese Air Force Chief of Staff, General Nunes Borrego, and other distinguished guests as well as the JALLC staff.
During the ceremony, BGEN Nascimento reminded the audience of the achievements of the JALLC in the past year, including the consolidation of the ongoing changes in connection with the refocussing of the JALLC's mission, as well as the development of a plan to ensure incremental improvements to the NATO Lessons Learned Portal using new technology, and the importance of the Analysis Projects covering NATO-wide topics such as Building Integrity, Lessons from Trident Juncture 2018, New Technologies for Lessons Learned.
After the change of command ceremony, the JALLC’s new commander, BGEN Cernat, addressed the audience noting that his first impression of the JALLC was positive and that, “We must be ready to respond to the challenges the Alliance faces and serve the Allies in the best way possible.” His speech reflected the necessity to keep the JALLC flexible, responsive, and resilient in the face of the challenges the Alliance faces.
The new Commander JALLC, BGEN Bogdan Cernat, was born in Bucharest, Romania. Throughout his career BGEN Cernat has received several awards and medals, granted by various entities, including at the presidential level. His full CV is available at the JALLC official webpage.
As part of a visit to Portugal, the NATO's Investment Committee (IC) visited the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) on Wednesday, 29 May.
The Chairperson of the Investment Committee, Mr. Francesco Romano, was welcomed by the acting JALLC Commander, Colonel Angel Santamaria. During the visit, Mr. Luca Ranise, Head of the Budget and Finance Branch, updated the IC on JALLC’ s role within the Alliance as the Lead Agent for Lessons Learned and on the projects to be carried out in the near future regarding the JALLC facilities.
The NATO Investment Committee is responsible for the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). The NSIP covers major construction and command and control system investments, which are beyond the national defence requirements of individual member countries. It supports the roles of the NATO Strategic Commands by providing installations and facilities such as air defence communication and information systems, military headquarters for the command structure and for deployed operations, and critical airfields, fuel systems and harbour facilities needed in support of deployed forces.
The visit was hosted by the Portuguese Ministry of Defence and included visits to the NCI Academy, Navy, and Air Force.
The opening remarks were delivered by the JALLC Commander, Brigadier General António Nascimento. In his statement, General Nascimento underlined the importance of NATO-Partner Nation cooperation and emphasized the added value of this cooperation in addressing the common challenges faced by the Partner Nations and JALLC.
The seminar revolved around the JALLC, its organization and missions. The six key activities (NATO Lessons Learned Portal, Analysis, Training, Outreach, Support to Operations and Exercises, and Lessons Learned Events) were covered and subject of a fruitful discussion.
The seminar was attended by 25 Partner National Military Representatives who, at the end, express the opinion that is had been a successful event that further strengthened our mutual resolve and demonstrated the benefits of cooperation through partnerships.
As part of NATO's Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2019, the JALLC provided a three-day Lessons Learned (LL) training course, at the QAF Officers Training institute, located on the Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College in Doha, Qatar.
The visit was led by General Mohammed B. Al-Badr, head of the Army Training Directorate of the QAF general staff. Attendees included officers from various branches of the QAF.
Throughout the training, the participants got acquainted with the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and Process, having also a chance to familiarize with basic analysis techniques applied to Lessons Learned scenarios.
The event took place in the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), initiated in 2004 during the NATO summit. During the summit NATO leaders decided to launch the ICI with selected countries in the Middle East. The ICI stands alongside NATO's Partnership for Peace and the Mediterranean Dialogue programs.
The Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) Advisory Training Team (JATT) conducted a three-day Lessons learned (LL) training course from 09 to 11 April 2019 in support of 30 students belonging to the Bulgarian Defence Forces, NATO Force Structure (NFS), and NATO Organizations and Agencies.
The Bulgarian Defence Forces’ students came from nine different locations including the Defence Staff, and staff from the Navy, Army, and Air Force. NATO Force Structure students came from the Multinational Division Southeast and Multinational Brigade Southeast (Romania), NATO Force Integration Units (Bulgaria and Hungary), and the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (Bulgaria).
NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUs) are part of the NFS. They are under the responsibility of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and they are part of NATO's adaptation in the face of security challenges from the East and South. A total of six NFIUs (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania) were officially declared full operational capability on September 2015.
The specifically tailored LL training was designed to provide an overview of the NATO LL Capability, the analysis techniques, real life examples, practical work, success stories, and the challenges of working with a LL management system. The LL training was well received by all students and the NFIU leadership.
As part of NATO's Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2019 and following a request by the NATO – Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Centre (ICI), the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) conducted a four-day Lessons Learned (LL) training course in Kuwait, from 08 to 11 April. In addition to the course’s main objectives of raising awareness and providing an overview of the NATO LL Capability, this year’s course was modified in accordance to ICI Centre’s needs to provide more analysis training. The course was attended by 26 students from the Military, Fire Departments, and government. The majority of the students were from the State of Kuwait. There were also some students from the State of Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On 23 January 2017, the NATO-ICI Regional Centre was inaugurated by NATO Permanent Representatives and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg together with His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The NATO-ICI Regional Centre’s objective is to improve the common understanding of security challenges by creating a level of interoperability and standardization that enables closer cooperation between NATO and its partners in the region.
As part of NATO's Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2019, the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) conducted a three day Lessons Learned (LL) training course from 18 to 20 March at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) HQ, Innsworth, United Kingdom.
HQ ARRC provides NATO with a rapidly deployable, flexible HQ that can act as a Joint, Land, or Corps HQ for operations and crisis response. Its multi-national ethos, combination of cultures and innovation, strong professional reputation, and proven track record in interoperability-including probably being the most pet friendly HQ within NATO-are unique among its High Readiness Force (Land) peers. In addition to HQ ARRC, SACEUR has eight Graduated Readiness Forces (Land) HQs under SHAPE’s operational command. Several of these HQs have taken turns in the past commanding the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and have also taken turns providing the 12-month rotating Land Component Command or Joint Task Force headquarters for the NATO Response Force (NRF). The ARRC relinquished its responsibilities as the land component of the NRF on 10 January 2018 to NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Italy. When not in role as the NRF, the ARRC may be required to mobilise to assist the standing NRF, becoming an intermediary HQ. NATO's long term formation rotation plan allows HQs like the ARRC to prepare and remain focused.
The LL training course was attended by 16 students from various services and with different subject matter expertise. The main objective of the course was to provide the Training Audience with an overview of the NATO LL Capability, the NATO LL Process, LL in exercises and operations, and the development and implementation of a Lesson Collection Plan and Action Plan. Moreover attendees were familiarized with the NATO LL Portal, including guidance on writing Observations, and analysis techniques. Real life examples, practical work, success stories, and challenges of a LL management system were included in the training sessions to ensure they were understood and practiced. HQ ARRC G7 LL Staff Officers had the opportunity to present the HQ ARRC LL Process and Lessons Identified Collect Tool (LICT), which have been used as the main means to collect, track, manage and share LL within HQ ARRC. In parallel with the LL training course, Key Leader Training was conducted, attended by 12 officers and one Flag Officer from Command Group.
The JALLC training event was a valuable opportunity to strengthen the LL community within HQ ARRC. It provided a common understanding on how NATO is a continuously learning organization and highlighted the importance and benefits of sharing lessons.
This month, the JALLC delivered two in-house training events: the NATO Lessons Learned Portal Course and the Analytical Writing Methods Training 2019 Spring Edition.
The first edition of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal (NLLP) Course took place between 20 and 22 March. The aim of this course is to introduce JALLC Staff to advanced use and knowledge of the NLLP, necessary to conduct their assigned duties. The course provides participants with hands-on experience of the procedures and skills they need to fulfil their roles as well as for participating in outreach activities and other events related to the NLLP.
The next iteration of this course is planned to take place from 04 to 08 November, and will be opened to external attendees. This event will be advertised on the NLLP in July and will require a minimum of one-year of experience as NLLP Local Manager.
We are also working together with NATO School Oberammergau to develop an “LL Management Course” at the school, which will be specifically designed for non-JALLC personnel. The intention is to have this course up and running by the fourth quarter of the year.
The Analytical Writing Methods Training 2019 Spring Edition took place on 19 and 20 March.
The course provides guiding principles on how to prepare to write an analytical document, including how to organize the ideas to be presented and how to build a convincing argument. The training also provides guidance on applicable NATO writing standards and how to self-edit your own work.
Seven JALLC staff members, STRIKFORNATO’s Public Affairs Staff Officer and three personnel from the Portuguese Armed Forces HQ attended this course, which was the first time it has been opened up to non-JALLC staff members. By the end of the course, the students were able to understand the Pyramid Principle, the five elements of an argument, and to apply critical thinking and self-editing techniques to their writing projects.
As part of NATO’s Lessons Learned (LL) Engagement Plan for 2019, the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) conducted a three-day LL training course from 12 to 14 March at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GR).
NRDC-GR is a multinational HQ, one of the nine Graduated Readiness Forces Land HQs, of the NATO Force Structure (NFS). From September 2015 and on, NRDC-GR has initiated its transformation to Joint Task Force (JTF) HQ and Joint Logistic Support Group (JLSG) in the context of its mission for the Alliance. In June 2018, NRDC-GR successfully completed the NATO Evaluation as a JTF HQ and also assumed the commitment of a Stand by force in NATO Forces Long Term Commitment Plan.
The training course was attended by 26 students, from various services and with different subject matter expertise. The course’s main objective was to provide the Training Audience an overview of the NATO LL Capability, analysis techniques applied by the JALLC, real life examples, practical work, success stories, and how to address some of the challenges of implementing a LL management system.
The event was a valuable opportunity to strengthen and broaden the NATO LL Community. It provided a common understanding on how NATO is a continuously learning organization, highlighting the benefits of lessons sharing.
On 01 March 2019, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General, paid a visit to the JALLC in order to gain a better understanding of the role the JALLC plays within NATO, the NATO Lessons Learned Process, and the JALLC's contribution to the Alliance’s objectives.
The visit included a briefing, during which the JALLC explained Who We Are, What We Do and Why We Do It, and how the JALLC contributes to the transformation of the Alliance.
Ms. Rose Gottemoeller departed highlighting the important work the JALLC does and wishing the JALLC the best of luck in our role as NATO’s lead agent for Lessons Learned.
One of the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) activities is Outreach. Outreach activities aim to raise awareness of the NATO Lessons Learned Capability and how it contributes to the Alliance transformation across NATO and among Allies, Partners, and other organizations.
In this context, the JALLC supported the Romanian Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course, organized by the Training and Doctrine Directorate of the Romanian Defence Staff.
The Romanian Lessons Learned Staff Officer Course is designed to train Lessons Learned specialists to support continued and improved implementation of the Lessons Learned Capability. The course took place in Bucharest, between 18 February and 01 March and was attended by 13 students from various Romanian Military HQs. The JALLC representative briefed the audience on aspects related to innovation in Lessons Learned as well as on how new technologies could be used in support of Lessons Learned and supported the relevant syndicate discussions.
In another outreach engagement this month, the JALLC engaged with FIEP (an International Association of National Gendarmeries and Police Forces with Military Status). The JALLC was invited to address the FIEP International Affairs Commission, which got together to discuss the topic “Preparing for future international missions: organizing time for reflection”, on 12 March 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. At the address, the JALLC presented NATO's perspective on Lessons Learned, while exchanging thoughts and experiences with the participants. The presentation was welcomed with great interest and raised a lively discussion on the creation of a similar Lessons Learned capability within the FIEP.
As part of NATO’s Lessons Learned Engagement Plan for 2019, the JALLC Advisory and Training Team (JATT) conducted a three day Lessons Learned (LL) training course from 19 to 21 February at the Joint Force Training Centre, Bydgosz, Poland (JFTC).
The JFTC has a distinct and unique role within NATO, focusing on joint and combined training at the tactical level. Additionally, it co-operates with Allied Command Transformation, its sister organizations, national training centres, and NATO Centres of Excellence to ensure application of NATO standards and doctrine and to achieve joint tactical interoperability from Brigade to Corps level. The Centre’s motto, “Transformation Through Training,” reflects its mission.
The training course was attended by 11 JFTC members, from various services and with different subject matter expertise. The course’s main objective was to provide the Training Audience an overview of the NATO LL Capability, the analysis techniques, real life examples, practical work, success stories and challenges of a LL management system. During the visit, the JATT also supported JFTC with the assessment of the JFTC’s implementation of the NATO LL Capability.
The event was a valuable opportunity to strengthen and enlarge the LL community and network within the JFTC. It provided a common understanding on how NATO is a continuously learning organization and highlighted the benefits of lessons sharing.
On 13 February 2019, the JALLC received the visit of Rear Admiral Guy Robinson OBE, Deputy Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), and staff. The aim of the visit was for the STRIKFORNATO staff to gain situation awareness of the JALLC’s role as NATO’s Lead Agent for Lessons Learned, to present STRIKFORNATO to the JALLC and to explore the possibility of cooperation between the two.
Rear Admiral Guy Robinson, Brigadier General Jason Bohm and Brigadier General Andres Gacio had an office call with the JALLC Commander, debating NATO’s upcoming 70th Anniversary and the future relation of the two headquarters.
After the office call, the two staffs attended briefings on the JALLC and STRIKFORNATO. There, the ground for the future was laid out for the two NATO entities to cooperate and continuously transform and modernize processes, forces, and capabilities.
Rear Admiral Guy Robinson departed highlighting his hope that the visit “… is the start to a very fruitful relationship with our fellow headquarters in Lisbon.”
The JALLC has published a magazine covering the New Technologies Event 2018 which took place in October 2018.
The Magazine features articles on the various presentations which include Chief of Staff, Allied Command Transformation, Vice Admiral Bennet’s keynote speech and the JALLC Commander’s presentation on the NATO Lessons Learned Capability. The magazine also includes summaries of the presentations by the Industry and Academia Partners that were represented during the event and panel discussions that took place on the last day. You can also find an overview of the Booth Sessions and lots of information on the event itself, including how the JALLC introduced a conference web app for the first time.