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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.

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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.

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Annually, there are two marches in South Moravia – one in May and one in September. The first called the „Military March“ is in the beginning of May commemorating the end of the second world war on 8th May 1945, and the second called the “Czech Statehood March” is at the end of September to remember Czech statehood on the 28th of September which is also the anniversary of death of St. Wenceslas 929 or 935.

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.