NATO's Training System: Global Programming

global-programming.pngGlobal 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 30 member nations and 40 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 programing 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
  • 27 Centres of Excellence
  • 33 Partnership Education and Training Facilities

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