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1 An Introduction To NATO Centres of Excellence Supreme Allied Commander
Transformation An Introduction To NATO Centres of Excellence Mr Tony Wedge, COE Establishment SME, Transformation Network Branch, HQ SACT Jan 2013

2 COE History and MC-Guidance
14 May 03 MC 324/1 “The NATO Military Command Structure” 04 Dec 03 MCM “MC Concept for COEs” 17 May 04 MC 58/1 “Terms of Reference for SACT” 11 Jun 04 IMSM “NATO COE Accreditation Criteria” 01 Jun 05 First COE endorsed by NAC (JAPCC)

3 Current COE Status NATO Accredited Total: 21 MOU Negotiations
1. Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC / DEU) 2. Defence Against Terrorism (DAT / TUR) 3. Naval Mine Warfare (NMW / BEL) 4. Combined Joint Operations from the Sea (CJOS / USA) 5. Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC / NLD) 6. Cold Weather Operations (CWO / NOR) 7. Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Defence COE (JCBRN / CZE) 8. Air Operations Analysis and Simulation Centre (CASPOA / FRA) 9. Command & Control COE (C2 / NLD) 10. Cooperative Cyber Defence COE (CCD / EST) 11. Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters COE (CSW / DEU) 12. Military Engineering COE (MILENG / DEU) 13. Military Medicine (MILMED / HUN) 14. Human Intelligence COE (HUMINT / ROU) 15. Counter – Improvised Explosive Devices COE (C-IED / ESP) 16. Explosive Ordnance Disposal COE (EOD / SVK) 17. Modelling and Simulation COE (M&S / ITA) 18. Energy Security COE (ENSEC / LTU) Total: 21 NATO Accredited MOU Negotiations As of January 2013 1. Military Police (MP / POL) 2. Crisis Management for Disaster Relief (CMDR / BGR) 1. Mountain Warfare (MW / SVN) Multi-Nationalized Current COE status as of 24 OCT 2012 As this is constantly changing, please check on TRANSNET for the latest information. There are other National and Multi-national COEs, however they do not make it to this list unless their concept has been approved by NATO /HQ SACT

4 Current COE status as of 24 OCT 2012
As this is constantly changing, please check on TRANSNET for the latest information. There are other National and Multi-national COEs, however they do not make it to this list unless their concept has been approved by NATO /HQ SACT

5 What is a Centre of Excellence ?
MCM “A COE is : A nationally or multi-nationally sponsored entity… …which offers recognised expertise and experience… …especially in support of transformation… It provides opportunities to: Enhance education and training Assist in doctrine development To test and validate concepts through experimentation…” Support analysis and lessons learned processes 5

6 The pillars of COE support
Support to NATO Doctrine Develop & Standards E&T Analysis/LL CD & E At least Three pillars need to be covered to achieve NATO accreditation Centre of Excellence

7 COE C2 arrangements: The COE is governed solely by the COE Steering Committee. - A small number of Sponsoring Nations that have the best interests of the individual COE in mind. (Decisions are unanimous or by consensus) HQ SACT is responsible (on behalf of NATO) for providing the NATO Requests for Support to COEs. (Source MCM and individual COE MOUs) Sponsoring Nations can provide Requests for Support directly to the COE .

8 COE Funding: Sponsoring and Contributing Nations fund the COE activities. Cost share formula is agreed when COE is established. Current costs between 6.9K and 27K Euro per officer per year. (Contribution to operational budget) No Cost to NATO = No Direct NATO Common Funding. 8

9 COE Manning: Sponsoring Nations voluntarily man the COEs in addition to their contribution to the NCS. Voluntary manning/participation of PfP and MD is encouraged. (Contributing Nations) 18 Accredited COEs with nearly 600 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). (789 total posts, 584 Posts Manned, 205 open) 9

10 COE Outreach: COES are encouraged to develop relationships with NATO Agencies, NATO Schools, Non-NATO Nations and external entities ( IO, GO, NGO, industry and academia etc.). COES are a versatile “outreach tool” for NATO – They should be integral parts of NATO WGs etc. COES are encouraged to work in “Communities of Interest” (COI) with other COEs, partners etc. Partner involvement is encouraged 10

11 Support: A COE can provide support ANYONE, provided the Steering Committee agrees. A COE can provide Support to Transformation and Operations. Support to NATO is given priority by the Steering Committee. 11

12 Sponsoring Nation (SN) To become an SN - YOU MUST:
Framework Nation is also an SN To become an SN - YOU MUST: Be a NATO Country Send at least one person to the COE (full time) Pay your share of the COE Budget (each year) Send national representation to SC meetings (NOT the Staff member) Be a participant to both MOUs See the benefit for your nation! 12

13 The name “NATO” in your COE
A lot of the recent COEs are known as the NATO xxx COE in the concepts and MOUs. This has the advantage of a NAC decision to accredit and activate the centre using NATO in it’s name. The disadvantage of this is that some international organisations such as the EU, UN OCHA and Red Cross may decline to do business with the centre. This is the reason why CIMIC COE does not use NATO in it’s name, yet is widely recognised as a NATO body. The final choice to use NATO in your name or not rests with you, the potential sponsoring nations. 13

14 Summary - A COE is…. An independent International Military Organisation, yet a NATO Body. NOT under the Command and control of either NATO or the Framework Nation – They can be “asked” NOT TASKED. Funded entirely by the Framework Nation and other Sponsoring Nations. Supported by a Framework Nation. Coordinated by ACT for the benefit of NATO. MCM The MC Concept for Centres of Excellence – provides us with the principles we use to help Sponsoring Nations develop their concepts of support to NATO. Of fundamental importance in this concept is the requirement for COE to provide value-added support to the Alliance – especially in support of transformation. HQ SACT is working closely with the Sponsoring Nations to define the responsibilities, products and services their centres will provide. Also fundamentally important to our relationship with all COE is that - although they are not subject to NATO military command and control -we do seek their services on a priority basis - but - with a full understanding that such support will be balanced against the national commitments and priorities within each centre. . 14

15 Questions Tony Wedge, GBR NIC
NATO COE Establishment & Accreditation SME Office: Mobile: Web: https://transnet.act.nato.int/ 15


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