COVID-19 has impacted all areas of life around the world and the military is not an exception. Many military training, exercises and events have been postponed or cancelled forcing the military leadership to find other ways to organize events, meetings and courses which are necessary for smooth operation of all units. The JCBRN Defence COE has managed this challenging period successfully and majority of tasks have been fulfilled or postponed. The Analysis of the Programme of Work 2020 found out that 97 projects from 155 were completed without any limitations such a developing of Doctrines, Concepts, Standards or Strategies.
Recognizing effective civil-military cooperation as an important element of CBRN incident response, in 2019, the NATO Defence Ministers endorsed „Non-binding Guidelines for enhanced civil-military cooperation to deal with the consequences of large scale CBRN events associated with terrorist attacks”. The aim of the Non-binding Guidelines is to support national strategic, operational, and tactical planners to enhance civil-military cooperation for CBRN preparedness.
As NATO and its Command and Force Structure remains the Joint, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) primary customer, the interaction with the European Union (EU) falls under NATO’s agenda and, as pointed out in the 2016 and 2018 NATO-EU Joint Declarations, is also part of the COE’s concept.
The JCBRN Defence COE Annual Conference is scheduled from 22 to 24 November 2021 at the Orea Hotel Pyramida, Prague, Czech Republic. The conference will be chaired by Ambassador Major General (ret.) Petr Voznica and General Hans-Lothar Domröse (former Joint Force Command Brunssum Commander) with Madam Eirini Lamos Maniati (acting Director of Arms Control Disarmament Centre, NATO HQ) will be a keynote speaker.
The JCBRN Defence COE invites you to enroll for these courses and workshop in 2021.