Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence

An Accredited NATO Military Body

The Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence brought together experts from Organisation on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, 31st CBRN Defence Regiment of the Czech Armed Forces and the Military Research Institute Brno and organized Chemical Live Agents Training for CBRN Defence specialists from the Alliance’s Partner countries of the Mediterranean Dialogue (

Science for Peace and Security programme of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in support of NATO Partners funded unique CBRN First Responders Live Agents Training Course, attended by seventeen (17) personnel from Armed forces’ structure and civil defence of three countries: the Arab Republic of Egypt, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Tunisia.

Theoretical foundation and dominative practical part created intensive five-day training module that enabled course participants to understand (1) physical protection measures against chemical agents, (2) their detection, (3) decontamination, and (4) essentials on organisation of such type of training. Students developed their skills to perform specialised training; proved their ability to operate in extraordinary conditions and got experience to organize specialised CBRN training aligned with OPCW requirements. Eventually, practical part was recognised as beneficial for their national positions in homeland forces structures which was expected end state of the entire project. Course participants also appreciated broad knowledge and experience of OPCW speakers and external instructors, namely their enthusiasm to share best practices and improve performed techniques and procedures.

This course confirmed an application of NATO System Approach to Training (Global Programming) as an effective tool for building the common and specialised proficiency in CBRN Defence. Live Agent training, initially developed for needs of the Alliance worked also well for the Partners and confirmed NATO SPS Program as invaluable tool in support of Global Security.


Author: LTC Karel VYDRA

Upcoming Events

The Second Annual JCBRN Defence COE Conference 2020

  • POSTPONED - New dates are 5 - 6 October 2021, Prague, Czech Republic

CBRNe Summit Europe 2021

  • POSTPONED - New dates are 30 November – 2 December 2021, Brno, Czech Republic

Training Courses

NATO CBRN Defence Evaluators - Pilot Course 2021

  • 19 - 23 April 2021 (enroll till 08 March 2021)

METT Greece: International Radiological and Nuclear Training for Emergency Response (I-RAD) Basic Course 2021

  • 10 - 14 May 2021 (enroll till 29 March 2021)

Training for First Responders to the CBRN Incidents

  • 24 - 28 May 2021 (enroll till 12 April 2021)

Introduction to NATO WMD Disablement Course 2021

  • 07 - 11 June 2021 (enroll till 26 April 2021)

CBRN Warning and Reporting Centre Management - Pilot Course 2021

  • 07 - 09 September 2021 (enroll till 27 July 2021)

Live Agent Training Course 2021

  • 18 - 22 October 2021 (enroll till 18 June 2021)

CBRN Consequence Management - Pilot Course 2021

  • 22 - 26 November 2021 (enroll till 12 October 2021)