JCBRN Defence COE has been involved in Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) since 2010.
Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is in lead for The CD&E Process as a “tool” which can be activated within the overarching NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP).
At the moment the COE is an experimental Unit for the Maritime R/N detection, Identification and Monitoring Field Experiment 2012. To identify the (Minimum) Capability Requirements the COE established an ad hoc Radiological/Nuclear Reach Back Element (RBE) in its current building and developed a plan to man it for the purposes of the experiment.
In order to properly gather and manage available, valuable existing information in this field the COE hosted a coordination and training workshop with the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) which is world renowned as one of the most effective agencies working in Nuclear and Radiological Security. The NNSA is in fact a prestigious agency under the US Department of Energy (DoE), responsible for the management and security of the nuclear weapons, nuclear non-proliferation and naval reactor programs and is considered to have the best science, technology and engineering in the world.
The meeting was very fruitful, and the value of the pieces of information which NNSA provided will be paramount for the success of the overall Maritime experiment as well as future ones (e.g. RB&F).
It was also possible to explore potential ways and means of future cooperation for the incoming RB&F experimentation and for technical Training and education.
This event well represents the role which a Centre of Excellence can and should assume across NATO bodies in bridging existing gaps in Capability Development Processes and enabling other National and International Organizations to enhance the power of a networked specialist expertise.
Author: LTC Romeo Tomassetti