What We Do
The JALLC’s Mission, as set out in its terms of reference, is to support Alliance-wide implementation and sustainment of NATO's Lessons Learned policy through monitoring and supervising the NATO Lessons Learned Process within the NATO Command Structure and other NATO bodies. It is the lead agent for the collection and sharing of lessons, accomplished through Active Content Management of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, Joint Analysis (as an integral part of the Lessons Learned Process) and outreach to allies and partners. The JALLC supports warfare development and warfighting, improving NATO's ability to operate and adapt, through training, advising and assessment activities enabling the establishment and sustainment of effective Lessons Learned capabilities across NATO.
In terms of the JALLC’s analysis activities, the JALLC conducts three types of analysis in support of its mission: Joint Analysis of NATO-wide complex issues, Short Term Analysis of issues with strategic implications that require a swift response, and NATO Lessons Learned Portal Content Analysis of Lessons Learned information and trends on the NLLP. Each type of analysis is conducted by civilain and military subject matter experts as appropriate who, besides their own education and experience, undergo the JALLC Analyst Training Course when they join the JALLC to ensure a seamless service across the JALLC’s analysis activities.
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The JALLC facilitates Lessons Learned in NATO through its various Lessons Learned activities. These activities include managing the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, providing assessment and advice on the implementation of the NATO Lessons Learned Capability, analysing the content of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal identifying trends and themes, and providing Lessons Learned training to NATO entities, Member Nations, and Partner Nations whether in the classroom, on site, or virtually. Additionally, the JALLC provides support to the NATO Lessons Learned community more generally in the form of the NATO Lessons Learned events, including the NATO Lessons Learned Conference which covers topical themes and draw participants from all over NATO and beyond.
The JALLC’s Lessons Learned activities are key to NATO’s successful implementation of its Lessons Learned Capability, which ensures that the Alliance remains a learning organization and contributes to NATO-wide transformation.
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The JALLC provides a series of training courses for both internal and external participants. Courses objectives range from training in analysis techniques and project management to basic training in Lessons Learned for Lessons Learned Staff Officers and Points of Contact. All of the JALLC’s training courses are reviewed and revised regularly based on participant feedback to ensure the best possible training experience.
Support to Exercises and Operations
The JALLC’s support to exercises is multi-faceted and underpins all aspects of the JALLC Mission. The JALLC’s Exercise Support team and military and civilian analysts participate in all stages of the NATO Exercise Process, from Exercise Specification and Development, through Planning and Product Development, Operational Conduct to Analysis and Reporting.
JALLC staff provide a range of Lessons Learned and analysis support to NATO Lessons Learned staff employed in the exercises including mentoring support, training, and advice on the NATO Lessons Learned Process during all stages of the NATO exercise process. JALLC staff also contribute to the revision of key exercise documentation and deliver training at targeted exercise training events for Primary and Secondary Training Audiences such as Academics, Key Leader Training and Battle Staff Training.
The JALLC provides support to operations by facilitating Lessons Learned training, Active Content Management of the NATO Lessons Learned Portal, and Joint Analysis. This support is tasked as required and includes support to operations in the form of support to Operational Plans, Key Leader Training and Subject Matter Expert support for planning conferences.
You can find out more about the JALLC’s exercise and operation support activities here.