The NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE), for the second year in a row, hosted visitors from the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) on Friday, 19 May 2017. The aim was to contribute to the Joint Command and General Staff Course (JCGSC), a core activity of the BALTDEFCOL. The visit was organized within the framework of a wider Study Tour to Europe which included visits to the renown Eben-Emael Fortress, the Operation Market Garden battlegrounds and the HQ 1st German Netherlands Corps. 21 students and staff from the College, representing 11 different NATO (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Norway) and Partner nations (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Finland, Moldova, Serbia, Sweden, and Ukraine), attended the event.
The BALTDEFCOL is an international military educational institution, where several nations conduct professional education of their military officers and civil servants. The College is located in Tartu, Estonia.
The Deputy-Director of NATO C2COE, Lieutenant Colonel Markus Werther (DEU AF), welcomed the BALTDEFCOL delegation and provided them with an overview on NATO Centres of Excellences in general and a more specific introduction on the NATO C2COE. Additionally, three presentations were provided to the group. The first short presentation by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Gubbels (NLD N MC) highlighted the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) C2 Focus Area. He explained the NATO C2COE involvement in this conceptual work. In the second presentation Lieutenant Colonel Federico Clemente (ESP A) lectured the NATO Joint Operational Level Battle Rhythm, including operational synchronisation. Finally Lieutenant Colonel Jelle Bode (NLD AF) as an insider gave an introduction to the ACT Urbanisation Project.
The visit allowed members of the BALTDEFCOL and the NATO C2COE to exchange views on C2 and was beneficial for both organizations.
“That was a very well prepared visit and we would be happy to go on with our good relationship” summarized the leader of the group just before leaving the NATO C2COE.