JCBRN Defence COE
Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defence Capability Development Group Fall 2019 Meeting
The Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defence Capability Development Group (JCBRND-CDG) Autumn Meeting was held in the Stefania Palace - Honved Cultural Centre - Budapest, Hungary from 23 to 26 September 2019.
Approximately 67 participants from 21 NATO Nations, four Partners for Peace (PfP) Nations, Israel and the Republic of Korea (new Interoperability Platform (IP) partners), and representatives from various NATO bodies and organizations 1 attended a four days long meeting to discuss the JCBRND-CDG assessments on capability developments and related standardisation activities.
NATO’s progress report to Foreign Ministers on enhancing NATO’s role in the International Community’s fight against terrorism led to the “2018 Workshop on civil-military cooperation in response to a large-scale CBRN terrorist attack”. Following the workshop recommendations, the Civil Emergency Planning Committee (CEPC), supported by the Committee on Proliferation in Defence Format (CP(D)), developed non-binding guidelines for enhanced civil-military cooperation to deal with the consequences of large-scale CBRN events associated with terrorist attacks. However, guidelines are only one part of the solution; and now NATO and its member nations must expand on those guidelines.
The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRND COE) hosted a visit by the Austrian Defence Attaché to the Czech Republic Colonel Karl FITSCH on the 10th September 2019. This was the first official visit by the Austrian Defence Attaché, since he took over this responsibility in 2018. The aim of this visit was to gain insight into the JCBRND COE in Vyškov and to establish a personal contact to the Austrian CBRN Defence Staff Officer, who is working in the Transformation Support Department since October 2016, as a Capability Development and Defence Planning Deputy Section Chief.