The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (COE), in close cooperation with the Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre (ACDC), organized the CBRN Consequence Management course from 28 March to 1 April 2021 to support the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Regional Centre (NATO-ICI RC). This course was conducted virtually as a mobile education training team due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Protective measure

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated how unprepared the world and NATO were to handle a pandemic of this scale, even after the improvements made in civil and military biological defence and consequence management based on previous pandemics, most recently influenza A(H1N11). The security and resilience of NATO depends substantially on NATO and its member states being prepared for future pandemics.
 
The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRND Defence COE) initiated a comprehensive report to address CBRN defence capabilities within the biological defence domain based on COVID-19 observations, lessons identified, and lessons learned. The JCBRN Defence COE intends to provide CBRN expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance in prevention, protection, and recovery. In addition, the JCBRN Defence COE intends to continue to provide operations support to NATO's current and future crisis efforts; especially with our CBRN reachback, modelling and simulation, and strategic-level and operational-level planning.

The Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) conducted a discovery experiment to inform implementation of civil-military comprehensive CBRN capabilities.

Since 2009, Strategic Level Policy has emphasized NATO’s comprehensive approach for preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and defending against CBRN threats. The aim of the discovery experiment is to inform the implementation of CBRN comprehensive civil-military capabilities by providing the prerequisites for further concept development, propose improvement of existing ones, and support mutual awareness of existing military and non-military capabilities. The experiment includes workshops with invited military and non-military stakeholders to inform and support the experiment.

Read more: Director's Corner

The year 2020 just passed, and we started the new year 2021 with optimism and great expectations. In 2020, we faced many challenges, but it also provided us opportunities.

On one hand, we had to change how we operated, and we were encouraged to use new technologies that would have otherwise taken us years to implement. We implemented and enhanced many new capabilities such as video teleconference, including secure VTC, collaborative tools, e-learning, knowledge management, information sharing and many others.

Read more: Joint CBRN Defence COE Domain Change Announcement

To: All JCBRN Defence COE Partners
From: JCBRN Defence COE
Date: 15 December 2020
Subject: JCBRN Defence COE Domain Change from .cz to .org effective 1 February 2021

In 2021, the JCBRN Defence COE is celebrating its 15-year anniversary of the activation as a NATO military international organization in the Czech Republic. As a part of this anniversary, the JCBRN Defence COE will change its current domain (.cz) to a new domain (.org) to align with the domains commonly used by other NATO COEs.