Capability for NATO Joint CBRN Defence COE – Hub for CBRN Education and Training
NATO's Smart Defence and its initiative for the new concept for Centres of Excellence anticipates a more proactive role within the E&T Programme Framework. The need for changing the system and synchronizing the effort is driven by:
● More strategic approach
● Increasing number of Training Institutions
● Increasing number of E&T events
● Alignment with international educational standards
● New Training Management Tools
As of 1 December 2012 the responsibility for executing collective training was transferred from ACO to ACT. Therefore, ACT prepared a new coherent, integrated and globally programmed range of education and training for the militaries of Allies and Partners. In parallel, both strategic commands SACT and SHAPE presented NATO's WMD/CBRN Education and Training Plan as a tool for training NATO Deployable Forces ability to defend against CBRN threats and prevent proliferation of WMD.
The Joint CBRN Defence COE (JCBRN D CoE) has been involved in the entire spectrum of the E&T program since its recognition in 2006 and, thus, it has great experience and a long tradition in E&T. Therefore, the JCBRN D CoE welcomed this new approach and analysed ways to support the new concept in the most efficient way. Ultimately, the JCBRND CoE has offered to become the "Department Head” (DH) for CBRN defence working closely for ACT Joint Force Trainer and the Requirement Authority (RA).
By assuming this role ACT sent the request for support to the JCBRN D CoE in collecting information about CBRN/WMD in E&T Global Programming activities and organized a Training Requirement Analysis workshop on 8-12 July 2013 in Vyskov (CZE). This very successful workshop orchestrated by ACT JETE/SPP and supported by the JCBRN D CoE, NATO HQ IS WMDC, SHAPE, JFC Naples, NMIOTC and NSO Oberammergau analysed individual and collective training needs and prepared the CBRN/WMD Training Audience Analysis combined with existing training opportunities for individual and collective training. When approved, those two documents will serve as a driver to implement training requirements through the dedicated T&E plan.
Although many important steps have been completed it is fair to say that many steps are still waiting in a queue. Assuming the TRA is an approved document the most significant and painful next step seems to be the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and the decision on future "NATO courses”. The subsequent TNA process will define the training audience; specify its core functions and related performance objectives; and clarify the Depth of Knowledge levels required. This will be carried out by the JCBRN D CoE when appointed as DH for CBRN defence. Finally, CBRN defence is a complex issue and, therefore, it can only be successful if handled "jointly” involving NATO's partners, the UN family and other IOs and NGOs. The JCBRN D CoE wants to play the proactive role and be the "engine” looking into its future role and NATO expectations. With that, the aspiration for the role of DH and the leading role in the area of CBRN training is a great challenge - short in terms of time to complete but long in terms of tasks to accomplish.
Published in: JCBRN Defence COE Newsletter 2/2013
Author: COL Vratislav OSVALD (CZE)