Since 2003, the JALLC has hosted the annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference (NLLC), which has become an important event in NATO's Lessons Learned calendar, bringing together participants from NATO and National entities, developing a stronger NATO Lessons Learned Community.
This event provides participantes with the opportunity for the exchange of information within the NATO Lessons Learned community and stimulates discussions on best and suitable practices for improving the Joint Analysis and the Lessons Learned process, enabling the continuous transformation of the Alliance.
Lessons Learned Conference provides the opportunity for exchange of information within the
Lessons Learned community. In doing so, it stimulates discussions on best and suitable practices for improving the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned process, enabling the continuous improvement of the Alliance.
On 29 and 30 November 2016 the JALLC hosted the annual NATO Lessons Learned Conference (NLLC) on behalf of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT). This event brings together participants from far and wide; from NATO and non-NATO nations; and from all types of organizations, to discuss a number of topics based around the conference theme and provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge, experience, and expertise within the Lessons Learned Community, enabling the continuous transformation of the Alliance, and build relationships.
This year’s Conference was attended by 275 participants from 36 nations and focussed on the theme: The Future of Lessons Learned: Innovation and Improvement. The audience heard presentations and discussion on various topics relating to the Conference theme including on SACT’s key focus areas, innovative ideas for the future of Lessons Learned and how NATO Lessons Learned support can be improved. Highlights of the 2016 Conference include the opening video address from SACT, General Denis Mercier, updates from representatives from both Strategic Commands, and a closing address in person from Deputy SACT, Admiral Manfred Nielson.
Having the Lessons Learned Community come together at the Conference invigorated efforts to optimize the NATO Lessons Learned Process; in particular the role the JALLC will play in this respect and the future of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal. Find the NLLC 2016 Report below in this page.
"Closing the loop: The lessons learned capability in support of NATO transformation"
The NATO Lessons Learned Conference 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.
During the conference, participants explored new approaches to embed lessons from non-NATO entities (NNE) and investigated parallels with the way other organizations manage their Lessons Learned process. The conference was opened (day 1) by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, General Mirco Zuliani, and followed by three panels looking at lessons from past and ongoing operations from different perspectives and how lessons from exercises are essential to NATO transformation. The second day of the conference saw panels discussing a range of topics including lessons from exercises, how the Lessons Learned Process supports NATO transformation, and how NATO can better interact with NNEs. The conference concluded (day 3) with two panels presenting key lessons from crisis management operations, looking specifically at the Ukraine and Ebola outbreak crises
This year’s conference was a great success with over 275 participants, from 91 entities; including the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure, and various International Organization’s and NGOs, national ministries of defence, etc. representing 39 nations, nine of which are NATO Partner for Peace nations. The dates for next year’s conference will be announced later this year
Find out more about previous NATO Lessons Learned Conferences on the Conference Reports below.
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"The future of lessons learned
Improvement and Innovation"
From the Commander:
This year’s NATO Lessons Learned Conference was my first as Commander of the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), and I believe that we truly looked to the future of the Alliance through the lens of Lessons Learned. I’d like to give you my key take aways from this year’s Conference; my interpretation of the briefings, the discussions, the interactions, and the exchange of ideas and experiences that all took place over the two days we were gathered together in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal. Each of the six panels contributed to the overall picture of the conference:
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. During the conference, participants explored new approaches to embed lessons from non-NATO entities (NNE) and investigated parallels with the way other organizations manage their Lessons Learned process. The conference was opened by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, General Mirco Zuliani, and included nine panels, covering six topics, as well as updates and opportunities for participants to ask questions
"Learning from Experience, Strengthening the Alliance"
At this year's Conference we looked at how we can structure NATO's learning process to ensure it is a continuous one. This concept of continuous learning is echoed in GEN Paloméros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation's description of his vision of Transformation which he gave us during his open-ing speech: "a golden thread which binds NATO's past, present, and future".
This year we refocused the Conference on the fundamentals of our successful organizational learning processes, in order to showcase how NATO learns from experience, and consoli-dates and shares lessons among its Command and Force Struc-tures as well as with member and partner countries.
"Learning from the Past – Preparing for the Future"
The Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre hosted the NATO Lessons Learned Conference in Lisbon, Portugal from 23 to 25 October 2012. The conference theme was: "Learning from the Past – Preparing for the Future." The theme allowed participants to look beyond development of the NATO LL Capability and the capture and implementation of specific lessons from NATO's (then) recent activities, towards the broader perspective of NATO's activities of the past decade to consider how experience and lessons can be applied to NATO's future activities
The format for this year's conference differed greatly from previous years, where the focus was on the NATO Lessons Learned (LL) Capability and Process and was aimed at LL Practitioners, examining how NATO can implement lessons learning in our organizations. This year the focus was instead on lessons from operations and was aimed at the operators—at those who are best placed to identify lessons and who in turn must learn lessons if the organization as a whole is to improve.
The aim of this year's conference was to provide NATO's forum for exchange of information within the NATO LL community, and in doing so, to stimulate discussion on best practices for Joint Analysis, the LL Process, Remedial Action processes, and supporting tools, in order to enable the continuous improvement of the Alliance. Specifically, the conference sought to tackle the two questions that appear to be the major stumbling blocks in NATO's LL Process: how to turn Lessons Identified into Lessons Learned and what constitutes a LL Capability.