The JCBRN Defence COE had a pleasure to host 10th Steering Committee meeting, which was held in Vyškov, Czech Republic on 19 - 20 April 2011. The JCBRN Defence COE Director Zdenek CIZEK warmly welcomed all present SC members and representatives from ACT, IMS, WMD Non-proliferation and US EUCOM. In his opening address he pointed out especially the increase of the broad range of COE activities since its establishment and the importance of projects supporting the NATO on strategic level.

         On the first day of the meeting, the JCBRN Defence COE Director introduced status report to the Steering Committee and informed them of successful TNB Assessment Visit, which reconfirmed the accreditation of the JCBRN Defence COE as international military organization. Such result approved that current COE activities had met accreditation criteria specified in COE Concept.

         Subsequently, the ACT representative, Transformation Network Branch Head Col Helmar Storm explained the HQ SACT position on its future development and IMS representative, COL Christopher Harness, gave a presentation on IMS policy work and theirs ongoing activities. The audience found the presentation valuable and agreed on potential future cooperation and active mutual support.

        The meeting continued with discussion on COE support to CBRN Reach Back and Fusion followed with infomational brief desribing additional COE Modeling and Silmulation capabilities, which has been achieved since the last meeting. The first day was concluded with  approvals of proposed Program of Work 2012 and new JCBRN Defence COE CONOPS. 

       The entire SC meeting was topped off on second day when the SC noted the financial evaluation of year 2010, received the informative brief on proicurement process within the COE and eventualy disscused the future COE LAN development.


The next SC Meeting is scheduled for the period 20 – 21 September to Vyskov, Czech Republic. 


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Author: CPT Ilona Bain

Photo:  Mrs. Hana Jurčová