4th Maritime Operations ADC
During the 27th -28th May, the Maritime Operation Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) meeting took place in the CSW COE in Kiel (Germany). This meeting consisted in assess the adequacy of the E&T Program, the current individual and collective solutions used to satisfy up-to-date NATO Educational and Training requirements in Maritime Operations discipline.
During the event, there were no new NATO E&T requirements in the Maritime Operations Discipline and the TRA (Training Requirement Analysis) was reviewed and updated with the support of all the stakeholders’ representatives.
The 7th meeting of the SET-238 Research Task Group (RTG), “Side-Attack Threat Detection Strategies, Technologies and Techniques,” was held at the DLR, Microwaves and Radar Institute, Weßling, Bavaria, Germany on 15-16 May 2019. The meeting included a total of 6 participants representing 4 nations, DEU, GBR, NLD, USA, and Counter-IED (C-IED) COE. DLR presented an overview of the organization and capabilities. The group was also taken on a tour of the facilities and given more in depth presentations of projects being researched. Final results of some of the technologies were presented. The introduction, TTPs and threat sections of the report have already been written. The Netherlands and one of the German technologies already has a draft of their respective technologies. All draft pieces are due to the chairperson by mid-October so that the report can be compiled and an executive summary can be drafted. The final report is expected by the Spring of 2020.No pictures were taken during this meeting.
4th C-IED Steering Meeting
The 4th meeting of the C-IED Steering Group was held at the Karlberg Castle, Military Academy, Stockholm (Sweden) on 27-29 May 2019. The meeting included 11 nations, ACT/capability monitor, SHAPE Infrastructure and Engineering, NATO IS/ESC, JFCBS, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, EOD CoE and Counter-IED (C-IED) CoE. The main discussions focused on the importance of maintaining C-IED as an independent discipline and sending the right message to nations and NATO, despite ACO transformation. Nations must continue to implement all C-IED pillars especially Attack the Network and NATO’s exercises must include C-IED in each level (Strategical, Operational and Tactical). Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, UK and Netherland provided interesting briefing on their national C-IED development.
IPB meeting and DH Forum
The first Individual Training and Education Programme (ITEP) Planning Board (IPB I) for 2019 as well as the annual Department Head forum were hosted and held at the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE), Vilnius, Lithuania 21st to 23rd May 2019 at the military compound of Gen. Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania (MAL) where the NATO ENSEC COE is located.
The purpose of the IPB is to support the NATO Education and Individual Training (E&IT) Production Planning Process (PPP) by facilitating the production of the annual NATO ITEP and by providing a forum for the stakeholders to discuss related issues. The purpose of the DH forum is to support the Global Programming (GP) Approach by providing the DHs an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss common topics, to coordinate interdisciplinary issues and to exchange good practices.
One of the main outcomes of the DH F was the information regarding the new developed and installed e-ITEP system version 3.1/3.2 and the intent of ACT JFD to finish the update on version 4.0 at the end of 2019. With the emplacement of version 4.0 NATOs ETEE world will have a system in place that allowed the availability of all relevant information across the disciplines in NATO.
Critical Infrastructure protection course
The C-IED COE attended to the “Critical Infrastructure Protection from Terrorist Attacks Course” organized by DAT COE in Ankara, Turkey, from 20-24 May 2019. This course deals with all strategic, operational and tactical levels of Critical Infrastructure Protection from terrorist attacks from both national and international perspectives. It aims to advise an applicable framework to establish a CIP structure at local, national and international levels, including civil and military cooperation, public-private sector partnership with interagency approach, considering mainly IED and cyber threats.