From 28 to 30 January, the JALLC's Advisory and Training Team (JATT) was in Istanbul Turkey at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Turkey (NRDC-T),which forms part of the NATO Force Structure (NFS) HQ. NRDCs are High Readiness Headquarters, which can be quickly dispatched to lead NATO troops on missions within or beyond the territory of NATO member states.
The corps can be deployed for a wide range of missions: from disaster management, humanitarian assistance and peace support to counter-terrorism and high-intensity war fighting. There are currently nine NRDCs, which are each capable of commanding up to 60,000 soldiers. The political authorization of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), NATO's principal political decision-making body, is required to deploy the corps. For more background information on the NRDCs, see the NATO website.
These NRDCs need to be properly trained and prepared to de deployed at short notice. This includes training on how to properly capture the valuable lessons they will come across during their mission. The JATT provided tailored training for the NRDC-T that was attended by 26 students assigned as a LL personnel and belonging to the various branches of NRDC-T under the responsibility of LTC Walter Kron, Chief of Lessons Learned for NRDC-T.
The main objective of this particular training was to provide the NRDC-T staff with an overview of the NATO LL Capability, the analysis techniques, real life examples, practical work, success stories, and to highlight some of the challenges of a using a LL management system, to ensure the staff are fully prepared to not only capture potential lessons while out in the field, but also to understand the value of sharing these lessons within NATO to ensure that the Alliance remains a learning organization and on the cutting edge of transformation.
As one of the last stops in a very busy year for the JALLC's Advisory and Training Team (JATT), our team of instructors travelled to the fortified city of Tallinn, Estonia, at the end of December to provide the staff at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) with a tailored three-day course on Lessons Learned (LL).
The Cyber domain is one of the new domains introduced in the Alliance alongside the traditional military domains of Air, Land, and Maritime to reflect the current changed global security threat environment (note that two new domains were added: Cyber and Space). The Cyber domain is growing in importance for NATO in this new technological era and the CCD COE's role in the respect is growing likewise. As such, the CCD COE is expanding its ambitions as a learning organization and invited the JATT to train their staff in the NATO LL Capability.
The aim of the course was to not only provide training on LL, but also to advise and support the CCD COE in its endeavor to implement a robust functional NATO LL Capability. The staff were keen to learn how they can begin to use the NATO LL Capability and share knowledge with the Cyber Community on all things related to the Cyber domain and Cyber defence through the NATO Lessons Learned Portal.
On 28 January 2020, the JALLC received a visit from the Romanian Minister of National Defence, His Excellency Mr. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The aim of the visit was for the Romanian Minister of National Defence to obtain a better understanding of the JALLC's mission and its role as NATO's Lead Agent for Lessons Learned.
H.E. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, alongside with the Romanian Ambassador in Lisbon, Her Excellency Ms Ioana Bivolaru, and Major General Viorel Pană, Chief of Romanian Air Forces Staff, had an office call meeting with the JALLC's Commander, followed by a presentation covering the JALLC's history, where it fits into the NATO structure, its mission, its joint analysis and Lessons Learned products, and the training activities. During this presentation, the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Bogdan Cernat, took the opportunity to emphasize the support the JALLC can provide to NATO and Partner nations as well as to NATO entities and described also of the challenges the NATO Lessons Learned Capability faces now and in the future.
After the presentation, H.E. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă thanked the JALLC's Commander for the opportunity to gain greater awareness about the centre and what it does for the Alliance and the Allies, confirming his intention to further promote the JALLC's relevance and the important contribution it makes to the success of NATO operations and exercises.