The validation of Allied Engineering Publication (AEP- 66), the NATO Handbook for Sampling and Identification of Biological Chemical and Radiological Agents (SIBCRA) and of the CBR FORENSIC SAMPLING TRAINING CONCEPT (FRTC) are important tasks which were identified by the JCBRN Capability Development Group (CDG) and passed on to the subordinate CDG panels.

The 2017 iteration of WMD-CD-31883 Live Agent training Course was organized by the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence from 02 to 06 October 2017.

The aim of the course was to provide students with knowledge, skills and abilities to work confidently in protective clothing in a toxic environment containing chemical agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

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The annual Centres of Excellence (COE) Directors Conference was hosted by NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Mecine (MILMED COE) in Budapest, Hungary on 25 – 28 September 2017. The Conference brings together directors and representatives from the 24 NATO COEs, Allied Command Transformation and NATO Headquarters to discuss topics common to all COEs and the Alliance. The Director, MILMED COE, Colonel Dr. László Fazekas, MD (HUN) chaired the Conference.

Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence will host a NATO Technical Exploitation Workshop to be held in Vyškov, Czech Republic from 29 November – 1 December 2017. This workshop is an activity under the Emerging Security Challenges Division’s Defence Against Terrorism Program of Work (Reinforced) and will be co-chaired by the Danish Army Intelligence Centre and the NATO Headquarters International Staff Emerging Security Challenges Division Counter-Terrorism Section [NATO HQ – IS/ESC(CT)]. One aim of the workshop will be to facilitate coordination between C-IED, EOD and the CBRN community. Just for you information: Technical Exploitation is the application of scientific methods to gain further knowledge and insight from information, materiel and captured persons.

Between 28 and 30 August 2017 the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) had the pleasure of hosting a visit by the Director of the Canadian Armed Forces’ CBRN Defence Force Development, LTC Gerard Byrne and his Deputy, MAJ Randall Wayne Godfrey. The delegation was welcomed by the JCBRN Defence COE Director, Colonel Vratislav Osvald and a representative from the Czech Ministry of Defence, Mr Petr Cech, Head of Strategic Development Capability of the MOD. The initial talks were held in the hotel DAP in Prague.

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