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etlogo300x250After the Lisbon Summit in 2010, the implementation of a Global Approach in Education and Training required a new orientation in the training arena of NATO. Two years later, the Chicago Summit adopted the Connected Forces Initiative, which paved the way for a more professional and systematic approach. Based on European standards for Higher Education and carefully adapted to NATO needs, the NATO Quality Assurance Programme for Education and Training was launched.

The concept of NATO Quality Assurance is founded on the NATO Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation Policy and is described in detail in the Bi-Strategic Command Education and Individual Training Directive 075-007. Quality Assurance for NATO Education and Training is designed to ensure the highest possible degree of quality for all learners, while providing autonomy and flexibility to the Education and Training Facilities. The vehicle for the realization of NATO Quality Assurance is the Institutional Accreditation process, which is managed, monitored and executed by Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer on behalf of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.

Institutional Accreditation requires an Education and Training Facility to design and implement an effective internal Quality Management System and to demonstrate its contribution to NATO. Through Institutional Accreditation the mission of the Education and Training Facility and its relevance to NATO are validated. Moreover, the Education and Training Facility ensures that its programmes, modules, and courses meet pre-defined academic quality standards and seeks to implement best practices to further enhance the quality of the Education and Training provided, as part of a continuous improvement process.

Those eligible for Institutional Accreditation include any NATO Education and Training Facility, NATO accredited Centres of Excellence, NATO recognized Partnership Training and Education Centres, as well as National or Multinational Training Institutions supporting NATO education and training requirements.

For supporting the institutions engaged or interested in the Quality Assurance Programme, the Quality Assurance webpage on the NATO Transnet portal provides the necessary resources and references.

Moreover, a dedicated training opportunity, the NATO Quality Assurance Course, is made available at NATO School twice a year, while the Quality Assurance Team of Experts in the Joint Force Trainer Division, Joint Education Training and Exercise Plans and Policy Branch provides support and advice upon request.

Revealing the secrets of the underwater world

Finding Nemo with unmanned robots?

161024gliderOne of TIDE Sprint's Tracks – the transformational think tank for information superiority – is the Maritime Situational Awareness. This track will dive into the secret world of underwater (subsurface) operations with unmanned robots. Especially of interest will be the Command and Control part for this kind of operations.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Buoys, Seafloor Platforms – just to mention some of the many futuristic devices and equipment – need to communicate their findings and receive instructions. The process of “sensing”, “processing”, “sense-making”, and “deciding” appeals to the maritime surface and sub-surface activities as much as it does for any other military operation. However, other than land, surface, and air operations, there are many variables to be considered when operating within the underwater environment. Water properties, pressure, salinity, currents, turbidity, bathymetry, acoustic propagation and geotechnical factors have a large influence on Command and Control under the surface for an efficient coordination and effectiveness of the underwater assets.

Robots are helping us to explore the unknown and the secrets of the underwater world. As an example, underwater gliders (platforms that use a buoyance engine and can sustain underwater missions on the order of months) help to measure and predict the environmental parameters that constraint SONAR (SOund Navigation And Ranging) performance. These gliders contribute also to underwater acoustic surveillance and monitor activities by providing in real-time acoustic signals for Indication and Warning.

Many challenges have to be mastered for successful operations. Underwater robots could also operate under thick layers of sea ice, traveling on transpolar routes where current navigational systems are useless, and run autonomously for several months.

The relevance of unmanned robots in NATO can be quite broad. In particular, the benefits for the NATO concepts Recognized Maritime Picture and Recognized Environmental Picture are to be exploited for the underwater domain. During this TIDE Sprint, the concept for the glider Command and Control capability hosted by NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimantation that was exercised during Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXercise 2016 will be presented and discussed. The challenge will be to discuss how these underwater gliders deployed in the water for two months could be further developed to meet the requirements of the operational capabilities and to work without human interaction in a coalition. Participants will help to overcome communication constraints and to protect sensitive information. They will actively work on the development of use cases for unmanned robots and discuss issues with unmanned robots regarding interoperability, deployment and recovery, limitations for communication, and Command and Control for remote operations considering large versus short distances. Existing Command and Control standards have to be aligned with emerging standards for underwater and satellite communications.

The Maritime Situational Awareness track will aim for the integration of functionalities provided by unmanned underwater robots in existing Command and Control and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance national and NATO capabilities by developing a roadmap for the definition of requirements and development / refinement of standards that will be consistent with the Federated Mission Networking concept. Dr Raúl Vicen, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, will provide inputs from recent research activities in maritime operations with unmanned robots, such as underwater gliders.

groenningsaeterAs NATO’s C-IED Capability Monitor (CM), CDRE Groenningsaeter leads the C-IED Task Force that is to ensure cohesive and coordinated NATO and national efforts for all C-IED matters in the Alliance. He is responsible for coordinating all matters regarding C-IED capability development, implementation and acquisition related to the CIED Action Plan.

Additionally, CDRE Groenningsaeter is FOGO champion for the C-IED, EOD, and MILENG CoEs. In this position he provides strategic direction and guidance with respect to the CoE activities ensuring these activities are coordinated with NATO priorities.

For more information about the C-IED Task Force, see the Terms Of Reference (TOR) here.

For the last Task Force meeting minutes and briefings, click here.

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