Read more: 17ᵗʰ Joint CBRN Defence Capability Development Group Training and Exercise Panel Meeting

After two years of online meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joint CBRN Defence Capability Development Group (JCBRND-CDG) Training and Exercise Panel (TEP) meeting could finally gather in person from 08 to 12 November 2021, in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The 17th TEP meeting was held in the historical building of the Garrison House in Olomouc. BG Pavel Kolář, the commander of the garrison of Olomouc, welcomed all participants on behalf of the 1st Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Jaromir Zuna.

Read more: Indian Armed Forces Delegation visited the JCBRN Defence COE in Vyškov

On the 5th of November 2021, the Indian Armed Forces Delegation led by General Bipin Rawat, Indian Chief of Defence Staff visited the JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) in Vyškov, Czech Republic. He was accompanied by Major General Rajiv Gadihoke, Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Singh Lidder, Group Captain Vinod Kumar Pillai and Colonel Anupam Ashish.

Read more: Live Agent Training Course Renewed

After a one-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the JCBRN Defence COE in close cooperation with the Military Research Institute Brno, conducted a Live Agent Training Course at the Testing and Training Facility “Kamenná Chaloupka” from 18- 22 October 2021.

Read more: Japanese Ambassador to the Czech Republic visited the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and...

The Joint CBRN Defence COE hosted a visit by the Japanese Ambassador to the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Hideo SUZUKI, on the 20 September 2021. He was accompanied by the Attaché, Mr. Naoyuki ITO . This was the first official visit by the Japanese Ambassador. The aim of this visit was to gain insight into the Joint CBRN Defence COE in Vyškov, Czech Republic in hopes of future collaboration and cooperation.

Read more: CBRN Warning and Reporting Centre Management – Pilot Course

Between the 7th and 9th of September 2021, the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) conducted the first residential course of 2021. The pilot CBRN Warning and Reporting Centre Management course was conducted in close cooperation with Bruhn NewTech representatives.

Read more: JCBRN Defence COE Concept Update and Supporting Workshop

As NATO Military Committee (MC) Policy 0685 states, a Centre of Excellence (COE) offers recognized expertise and experience within a defined subject matter area to the benefit of the Alliance within the four pillars of NATO's COE program (Education, Training, Exercise and Evaluation; Analysis and Lessons Learned; Doctrine Development and Standardization; and Concept Development and Experimentation). A COE is not a part of the NATO Command Structure, or other NATO entities, but forms a part of the wider framework that contributes to the functioning of the Alliance.

Read more: The visit of the International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI) Delegation to...

On 29 Jun 21 the International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI) delegation visited the JCBRN Defence COE , to discuss and investigate possible areas of cooperation between ISEMI and Centre. Within the Slovakian delegation was Dr. Marián Kolenčík, PhD, accompanied by his team; Ing. Luboš Trudič, Ing. Pavel Trúchly and Ing. Martin Kostolný.

Read more: JCBRN DEFENCE COE’S WEBINAR ON CBRN DEFENCE CAPABILITIES WITHIN THE BIOLOGICAL DEFENCE DOMAIN...

Despite improvements being implemented in the civil and military biological defence, and consequence management after previous epidemics such as influenza A(H1N11), the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated how the world and NATO were unprepared. The security and resilience of NATO depends substantially on NATO and its member states being prepared for future pandemics.