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: 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.

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

The German Ambassador to the Czech Republic, H.E. Dr Christoph ISRANG, visited the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) in Vyškov, Czech Republic on 20 May 2021. He was accompanied by Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel (G.S.) Holger OSWALD. Lieutenant Colonel Oswald visited the Centre previously on 12 June 2020 to prepare for the Ambassador’s visit. The visit was hosted by JCBRN Defence COE Director, Colonel David MARTÍNEK (CZE-ARMY), and the Deputy Director, Colonel Wolfgang REICH (DEU-Army). H.E. Dr ISRANG has been representing the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague since 8 August 2017. He previously attended training to become a reserve officer within the German Airforce with the rank of Colonel. H.E. Dr ISRANG is also closely related to CBRN defence from his previous position as the German Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague from July 2014 to August 2017. By the way, since these days he knows Major František PAVLÁSEK, who is currently working for the Centre’s Transformation Support Department.

Read more: NATO-EU Cooperation - A CBRN Civil-Military Cooperation Experiment

NATO has several tools, capabilities, and partnerships, such as with the EU, it can use to enhance Allied CBRN defence capabilities. These include Civil Preparedness, a fundamental part of NATO’s approach to CBRN defence. Civil Preparedness aims to raise awareness of the CBRN environment, advise NATO Allies and partners on managing the consequences of a CBRN incident, and share best practice.