The Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defence Capability Development Group’s (JCBRND-CDG) Spring Meeting was held in the Hellenic Armed Forces Officers' Club - Athens, Greece from 23 April to 26 April 2018.


Approximately 71 participants from twenty NATO Nations, five Partners for Peace (PfP), and representatives from various NATO bodies and organizations (IMS, IS/ESC(CT), IS/PASP(ACDC), IS/OPS(CPS), ACO, SACT, SACT SEE, JFCBS, LANDCOM, JCBRN Defence COE, (MCMedSB) CBRN MED WG, NSO and NSPA)¹ attended a four days long meeting to discuss the JCBRND-CDG assessments on capability developments and related standardisation activities.

The meeting was opened by JCRBND-CDG Chairman, Dr. Frank Sabath (DEU), who welcomed all participants and encouraged the NATO Nations were to forward their nominations for the currently vacant positions of the Secretary and the Vice-Chairperson.

The meeting continued by numerous briefings from different NATO bodies. Nations’ representatives were informed by NATO International Staff (IS) participants on Committee on Proliferation (Defence) CP(D)'s Work Programme 2018-2020 focus areas, Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT PoW) and Voluntary National Contribution Fund (VNCF) Projects for 2018. Representatives from SACT and SHAPE introduced the operational requirements for doctrinal and tactical publication development and informed about timelines of the development for CBRN related concepts.


The meeting also provided an opportunity to exchange information on recent projects between Nations representatives and other NATO bodies like the CBRN Medical Working Group (CBRN MED WG) or the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The main takeaways from the meeting were the opening of the Group to the Interoperability Platform (IP) format, the approval of a new Method of Work – JCBRND-CDG Programme of Work (JPOW), preparation of the input to NATO Army Armaments Group (NAAG) Land Armaments Management Plan 2018-2020 and overview of the Standards, which are under group's responsibility and its respective development. A Final Draft (FD) of AJP 3.8 (B) (Allied Joint Doctrine for Comprehensive Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defence) was endorsed by JCBRND-CDG and MCJSB may initiate the ratification process of this keystone CBRN doctrine.


The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence – represented by its Deputy Director, Colonel Volker Quante (DEU-A) – stated again, that the Centre will continue its support to JCBRND-CDG by providing the Doctrine and Terminology Chairperson and Secretary, the Training and Exercise Panel Chairperson and Secretary, the custodian of Method of Work – JCBRND-CDG Programme of Work (JPOW), and the Custodians of the main CBRN Doctrine – Allied Joint Doctrine for Comprehensive CBRN Defence (AJP-3.8). He added that the Centre will continuously develop further the CBRN Comprehensive Database.

The next JCRBND-CDG meeting will be held in Roma, Italy from 10 – 13 September 2018.

¹  International Military Staff, International Staff/Emerging Security Challenge Division (Counter-Terrorism Section, International Staff/ Political Affairs and Security Policy Divisio (Arm Control Disablement and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre), International Staff/ Operations Division (Civil Preparedness Section), Allied Command Operations, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Staff Element Europe, Joint Force Command Brunssum, Headquarters Allied Land Command, Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centre of Excellence, Military Committee Medical Standardization Board, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical Working Group, NATO Standardization Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

The JCBRND-CDG’s aim is to support the development of CBRN defence capabilities using all lines of development focusing on doctrine, materiel, and training as directed by the Military Committee Joint Standardization Board (MCJSB) and NATO Army Armaments Group (NAAG) guidance. It supports the development of capabilities fitting into implementing the three-pillar approach: Prevent, Protect and Recover under the NATO’s Comprehensive Strategic-Level Policy for Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Defending against CBRN Threats. There are 7 panels subordinated to the JCBRND-CDG: Doctrine and Terminology (DTP), Information Management Panel (IMP), Detection, Identification and Monitoring Panel (DIMP), Physical Protection Panel (PPP), Hazard Management Panel (HMP), Training and Exercise Panel (TEP) and Challenge Level Panel (CLP). All 7 panels cover the wide and various spectrums of responsibilities of the JCBRND-CDG in field of the Alliance prevention of the proliferation of WMD and defending against CBRN Threats.


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