NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

NATO's Training System: Global Programming

Global Programming is how NATO manages the training needs of personnel from member and partner nations to provide tailored training solutions to satisfy all NATO requirements.

A NATO training requirement is identified when skills, competence, or technical ability are necessary to accomplish the mission within the NATO Command Structure or NATO Force Structure. A NATO requirement’s scope is outside the national training responsibility and serves a need to ensure interoperability among nations.

With 32 member nations and 39 partners, military members and civilians joining NATO have diverse backgrounds. Global Programming provides the common education and training required for the particular needs of individuals assigned to NATO. It delivers the right training to the right people at the right time.

Global programming matches NATO requirements to training solutions through the execution of a governance process. This process oversees the selection and approval of courses that provide a training solution to a known gap identified as a requirement. Training is categorized into disciplines which organize the support structure available to the training. Each discipline has a requirements authority and a department head.

The management of requirements by the requirement authority and the solutions identified by the department head are facilitated by the Education Training Plans and Programs branch of Joint Force Development at Supreme Allied Command Transformation, NATO’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

Global Programming manages Education and Training for:

  • more than 800 Courses
  • more than 5,000 Students Annually
  • 8 NATO Education and Training Facilities
  • 28 Centres of Excellence
  • 35 Partnership Education and Training Facilities

Contact us if you would like us to brief your team on Global Programming. E-mail: [email protected]

NITEC and IPB, 7-9 November 2023

NATO Individual Training and Education Conference (NITEC) and the NATO ITEP Planning Board (IPB) Conference were conducted in sequence 7-9 November 2023 at the NATO School, Oberammergau (NSO). NITEC with the aim of presenting NATO priorities on NATO E&IT in line with NWCC and WDA, in order to draw on and synchronize cooperation with Nations, garnered attendees from 19 Nations. IPB aiming to support development of the ITEP via utilising the Production Planning Process and the Global Programming Approach and to provide a forum to discuss related E&IT issues was attended by representatives from 37 NETFs, ETFs, COEs and PTECs.

3rd Annual Disciplines Forum. 19-22 February 2024, Mons, Belgium

On 19-22 February 2024, Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT), Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS), Joint Force Development (JFD) Directorate and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) ACOS J7, successfully co-hosted the 3rd Annual Discipline Forum (ADF) in Mons, Belgium.

The ADF serves as the initial yearly activity in the Global Programming (GP) process, which manages ‘over and above’ Education and Individual Training (E&IT) for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Command Structure (NCS) and Force Structure (NFS).

The aim of the ADF is to synchronize the Education, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation (ETEE) annual process and coordinate the work of Requirements Authorities (RA’s), Department Heads (DH’s), and Education and Training Facilities (ETFs) in support of the E&IT and Collective Training and Education (CT&E) activities.

The ADF garnered support from 22 RA’s and 22 DH’s, achieving its goal of synchronizing the ETEE annual process and provision of Direction and Guidance (D&G) for the whole governance structure and ETFs with respect to work coordination – cooperation with SHAPE (ACOS J7, RA’s and J1 personnel) was reinforced.

Additionally, this venue proved beneficial for discussion within respective disciplines on the most recent GP achievements.  The ADF highlighted the need of future NATO training requirements in ETEE, with presentations focused on relevant concepts like Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) and its implementation to Global Programming. Furthermore, breakout sessions dedicated respectively for RAs, DHs and ETFs provided the valuable viewpoint of the GP governance structure and training institutions’ issues with existing contradictions between the GP theory and reality.

Dedication and commitment from the Education and Training Community of Interest (CoI) was highly visible throughout ADF 2024, setting the stage for productive Annual Discipline Conferences (ADCs), ultimately meeting all timelines for a successful Requirements Authority Steering Board (RASB), a key milestone in the GP process.

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