On 28 January 2015, representatives of the United Kingdom Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Defence CBRN Centre Winterbourne Gunner visited the JCBRN Defence COE. The visit included briefings regarding the organization of the JCBRN Defence COE and the training and education programs offered at the JCBRN Defence COE as well as an overview of the UK DSTL and Defence CBRN Centre.
JCBRN Defence COE received NATO's highest grade in its assessment by the ACT Quality Assessment Team of Experts. The COE met or exceeded the minimum criteria in all assessment areas, therefore ACT Joint Force Trainer, Vice Admiral Javier Gonzalez-Huix, ESP-N, announced on 4 Dec 14 that JCBRND COE received Unconditional Quality Assurance Accreditation.
We are invited to participate Non-Conventional Threat (NCT) CBRNe Europe conference in Brussels (12th - 13th February 2015, Brussels, Belgium) and COL Jiri GAJDOS will be there as one of keynote speakers.
The two-day conference and exhibition will again welcome key decision makers and experts in the field of CBRN Defense from all over Central Europe and the Caucasus. Research programs from Horizon2020 to national transformation projects are continuing to strengthen European CBRN Defense and emergency preparedness of civil organizations, gathering huge amounts in order to invest in the most advanced technologies and approaches currently available. However, current conflicts along European borders and the challenge of international terrorism still raise the question, whether the continent is really sufficiently prepared for large scale CBRN incidents and respective treatment and response. Some people on the other side of the Atlantic would say no and demand more awareness concerning non-conventional threats, while several scientific reports admonish that European interoperability in this field is at least in need of improvement.