The JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) virtually conducted the NATO CBRN Defence Evaluators course between 19th and 23rd of April 2021. The event was delivered using Microsoft Teams software.

The aim of this training was to prepare personnel responsible for the evaluation of CBRN defence area for the NATO Response Force (NRF), achieving a common standard for CBRN certification.

Theoretical lessons and syndicate work was conducted by 22 participants from 12 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and the United States of America). As a part of the course, students received various tasks related to the CBRN defence evaluation process. They then, via syndicate working, shared their experiences, points of view and held thought-provoking discussions. Following this they briefed their results to all course personnel.

The instructors from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) and JCBRN Defence COE shared their extensive CBRN unit, evaluation, knowledge and experience. They presented course material, mentored students and facilitated the course in the CBRN defence evaluation process, whilst focusing on the concepts, conduct and methodology of evaluation techniques.

The course was designed and developed to improve future NATO monitor and evaluator practical skills, with a focus on the CBRN defence. The key purpose is to promote evaluation as a tool to support commanders by training their teams and confirming that they are “combat ready/mission capable”. Even though this was conducted virtually due to COVID-19, it was a first-rate course that met all the learning objectives while allowing the JCBRN Defence COE to further its e-learning aspirations.

The course feedback from the students reflected its usefulness in adding value, not just to their current assignment but also to their career development.

For additional information on courses organized by the JCBRN Defence COE, please visit our Centre’s Training Portal (https://www.jcbrncoe.org/index.php/courses-link-page).

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Author: MAJ František PAVLÁSEK (CZ-A)

Photo: WO Roman SCHINDLER (CZ-A)