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.
The JCBRN Defence COE Annual Conference is scheduled from 5 to 6 October 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.
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.
Introducing the project
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 of other NATO entities, but forms a part of the wider framework that contributes to the functioning of the Alliance.