Over the past many weeks, the JALLC has been preparing its staff and taking preventative measures to avoid risks. We communicate constantly with our staff to ensure they are acting in accordance with the best medical advice. We have put contingency plans in place to ensure we do everything we can to protect our people and protect our neighbourhood.
All non-essential travel has been cancelled as well as all meetings, visits, community relations events and many other face-to-face activities. Our staff have been encouraged to work from home with limited staff coming in to work on a shift basis to ensure minimal essential activities continue. This remote work policy is allowing us to continue to deliver results in the face of this pandemic.
We coordinate constantly with our superior command, the Portuguese Authorities, and military and civilian experts in Europe and in the United States to ensure we are acting on the best possible information and we are following all guidance given by the authorities.
The JALLC will remain in this status until further notice. We wish everyone a safe and healthy time in these difficult circumstances.
On 28 February 2020, the JALLC received a visit from the Romanian Chief of Defence Staff (ROU CHoD), Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu. The aim of the visit was for the ROU CHoD to obtain a better understanding of the JALLC's mission and its role as NATO's Lead Agent for Lessons Learned.
Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu, together with Her Excellency, the Romanian Ambassador to Portugal, Ms Ioana Bivolaru, and Colonel Marian Voicu, Romanian Military Attaché, had an office call with the JALLC's Commander, Brigadier General Bogdan Cernat. This office call was followed by a presentation from the Commander himself as well as representative from the JALLC's two Divisions: Captain Group Neil Cummins (Head Lessons Learned Analysis Division) and Colonel Juan Molina (Head Lessons Learned Management Division). The presentation covered theJALLC's history, where it fits into NATO's structure, its mission, and its activities.
After the presentation, Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu thanked the JALLC's Commander for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the JALLC and what it does for the Alliance and the Allies, confirming his intention to promote the important contribution the JALLC makes to the success of NATO operations and exercises.
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.