Read more: CBRNe/HAZMAT First Responders Course for CBRN first responders from the State of Kuwait

In cooperation with the National Institute of NBC Defence of the Czech Republic, the JCBRN Defence COE is proud to announce that it will be conducting an advanced CBRNe/HAZMAT First Responders Course for CBRN first responders from the State of Kuwait. This six-week course is part of a larger CBRNe/HAZMAT Train the Trainers Program that will provide the State of Kuwait with qualified CBRNe/HAZMAT incident response experts and instructors. Course attendees will be from across the spectrum of first responders, including military and civilian firefighters, medical professionals, scientists, and EOD amongst others, helping to facilitate improved interagency response efforts. The JCBRN Defence COE will provide additional information on this course in the near future.

Read more: A Shared Commitment to CBRN Defence; the JCBRN Defence COE Trains Ukrainian CBRN First Responders

As Ukraine continues to navigate through complex geopolitical challenges, the importance of ensuring the constant readiness of its armed forces cannot be understated. In response, and at the request of SHAPE’s Partnership Directorate, the JCBRN Defence COE conducted the Training for the First Responders to CBRN Incidents course for a group of 16 Ukrainian CBRN first responders. This training, which occurred from 15 – 19 April 2024, was sponsored by SHAPE, and completed in cooperation with the Czech Population Protection Institute and the Training Centre of the Czech Fire Rescue Service in Brno.

Read more: The 97th US Chemical Battalion Visits the JCBRN Defence COE and Kammená Chaloupka

On 9 February 2024 the JCBRN Defence COE was honoured to host the Command Team from the 97th Chemical Battalion (US Army Reserves) out of Wackernheim, Germany. This meeting was in response to a chance meeting between the author of this article, Director of the Education, Training & Evaluation Director, COL Michael Firmin, and the unit’s Command Sergeant Major, CSM Dmitriy Yurganov, at a defence leader’s conference in Warsaw in November 2023. From this meeting, the two leaders decided to seek out further areas in which each organization could support the other.

Read more: JCBRN Defence COE Interns experience

Julie Anne Claire Hoogendoorn:

On the 1st of September 2023, my journey at the JCBRN Defence COE in Vyskov, Czech Republic commenced, marking the beginning of a transformative six-month internship. Delving into the intricacies of civil-military interaction during crisis operations, specifically in the context of Article 5, became the focal point of my research endeavours. Throughout this period, I meticulously compared and analysed the responses and cooperation mechanisms of various NATO nations, leveraging the organisation's extensive professional and international network.

Read more: Toxic Trip 2023

A military aircraft, transporting chemical samples and suspected Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) and loaded ammunition, has been hit by an enemy rocket while taxiing down a runway. The crew and passengers are unable to exit the aircraft, which has now most likely become contaminated by the toxic cargo. The risk of additional enemy rocket attacks remains unabated. The rescue mission becomes hindered by another unexploded missile explosion near the aircraft.

Read more: The JCBRN Defence COE Hosts the U.S. Army’s CBRN Requirements Branch

Whether through industry, academia, or an international or non-governmental organization, the JCBRN Defence COE continues to seek out new partners that have common interests. These are entities who can help us with one of our core responsibilities, working with the Alliance in the prevention, protection, and recovery from CBRN incidents. It is within this desire that our Centre hosted Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s CBRN Requirements Branch.

Read more: The JCBRN Defence COE Runs NATO’s Activities Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Course for the...

In the same manner, as in previous decades, the NATO Alliance presently confronts a world wherein the potential use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) by both state and non-state actors remains a central and evolving threat to Alliance security. Recognizing this reality, NATO must be prepared to prevent potential adversaries from gaining access to WMD and their means of delivery, respond to the source of any WMD attack, and mitigate the effects of WMD use.

Read more: JCBRN Defence COE Looks to Extended Reality

Traditional teaching methods continue to evolve to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. New and innovative pedagogies are creating a shift within the education landscape, reshaping how NATO trains its military and civilian workforce. This new landscape pays greater attention to student-centred learning, collaborative problem-solving and the integration of technology in the classroom. A teaching tool that is gaining prominence within the quickly changing technological landscape is Extended Reality (XR), an overarching term that includes Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MX). All of these realities can be mixed to fully immerse the student into a new blended reality, combining the real and digital worlds to create new kinds of interactivity and perception.