The Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence brought together experts from Organisation on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, 31st CBRN Defence Regiment of the Czech Armed Forces and the Military Research Institute Brno and organized Chemical Live Agents Training for CBRN Defence specialists from the Alliance’s Partner countries of the Mediterranean Dialogue (

Science for Peace and Security programme of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in support of NATO Partners funded unique CBRN First Responders Live Agents Training Course, attended by seventeen (17) personnel from Armed forces’ structure and civil defence of three countries: the Arab Republic of Egypt, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Tunisia.

Theoretical foundation and dominative practical part created intensive five-day training module that enabled course participants to understand (1) physical protection measures against chemical agents, (2) their detection, (3) decontamination, and (4) essentials on organisation of such type of training. Students developed their skills to perform specialised training; proved their ability to operate in extraordinary conditions and got experience to organize specialised CBRN training aligned with OPCW requirements. Eventually, practical part was recognised as beneficial for their national positions in homeland forces structures which was expected end state of the entire project. Course participants also appreciated broad knowledge and experience of OPCW speakers and external instructors, namely their enthusiasm to share best practices and improve performed techniques and procedures.

This course confirmed an application of NATO System Approach to Training (Global Programming) as an effective tool for building the common and specialised proficiency in CBRN Defence. Live Agent training, initially developed for needs of the Alliance worked also well for the Partners and confirmed NATO SPS Program as invaluable tool in support of Global Security.


Author: LTC Karel VYDRA