For the first time, JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRND COE) conducted, in close cooperation with the USA Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a pilot course on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Disablement from 3rd to 7th June 2019. NATO Education and Training requirements identified the need for a course dedicated to this topic , as defined in the NATO WMD/CBRN Defence Training Needs Analysis (TNA).
IB Consultancy, world-wide probably one of the most important organisers of CBRN events, organised and conducted the event “Non-Conventional Threat (NCT) CBRNe1 Europe 2019“ in VIENNA/AUSTRIA from 25th to 27th June 2019. There is no doubt that NCT CBRNe 2019 is one of the hugest CBRN events in Europe. However, without the outstanding support of the Austrian Ministry of Defence and its subordinated CBRN Defence Centre the conference would not have been as successful as it has been.
Following the official invitation by the Chief of Staff Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), a delegation, headed by the Director of the JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence, Colonel (GS) Vratislav Osvald (CZE-A) participated in the first ever „COE Marketplace“ at the NATO HQ in Brussels from 15th to 16th July 2019. The COE Marketplace had the full support of NATO’s leadership and was officially opened by
Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General, who showed a very high personal interest in our capabilities.
NATO’s progress report to Foreign Ministers on enhancing NATO’s role in the International Community’s fight against terrorism led to the “2018 Workshop on civil-military cooperation in response to a large-scale CBRN terrorist attack”. Following the workshop recommendations, the Civil Emergency Planning Committee (CEPC), supported by the Committee on Proliferation in Defence Format (CP(D)), developed non-binding guidelines for enhanced civil-military cooperation to deal with the consequences of large-scale CBRN events associated with terrorist attacks. However, guidelines are only one part of the solution; and now NATO and its member nations must expand on those guidelines.
Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defence Capability Development Group Fall 2019 Meeting
The Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defence Capability Development Group (JCBRND-CDG) Autumn Meeting was held in the Stefania Palace - Honved Cultural Centre - Budapest, Hungary from 23 to 26 September 2019.
Approximately 67 participants from 21 NATO Nations, four Partners for Peace (PfP) Nations, Israel and the Republic of Korea (new Interoperability Platform (IP) partners), and representatives from various NATO bodies and organizations 1 attended a four days long meeting to discuss the JCBRND-CDG assessments on capability developments and related standardisation activities.