Events 2017

The JCBRN Defence COE Steering Committee met for its spring session from 30 to 31 March 2017 with participation of the Sponsoring Nations’ and Contributing Partner’s representatives from AUT, CZE, FRA, DEU, GBR, GRC, HUN, ITA, POL, ROU, SVK, SVN, USA as well as representatives from ACT, WMD Non-Proliferation Centre and IMS.

The aim of the meeting, which was the first one under the chairmanship of the Centre’s new Director, COL (CZE-A) Vratislav Osvald, was to inform the Nations about the Centre’s current status, to provide the annual budget report and to approve several project proposals for 2018 and 2019. Other discussed topics included the implementation of a Technology and Innovation capability, a possible Centre’s footprint in Brussels at the NATO Headquarters and the Centre’s Vision of Continuous Improvement.

The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held in Vyškov, Czech Republic, from 18 to 19 October 2017.

The Steering Committee is the main decision-making body of the NATO JCBRN Defence COE. It is composed of representatives from each member nation of the Centre. The meeting is held twice a year (spring and autumn) in order to approve the Centre’s Programme of Work and its budget.

Read more: JCBRN Defence COE Spring Steering Committee Meeting

Mr. Shahzad Ali, CBRN & Human Factors Officer, European Defence Agency visited the JCBRN Defence COE in Vyškov on 28th March. The main aim of the visit was to share information with a view to possible future cooperation. Mr. Ali was presented with a comprehensive overview of the NATO JCBRN Defence COE history, mission and structure followed by a short presentation of each department (Transformation Support Department; Training, Exercises and Education Department; Operation Support Department).

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The Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Def COE) opened its academic year 2017 with CBRN Analysis Super User - Refresher Course 2017. Two day course, organized on annual basis, hosted students from NATO countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and The United Kingdom) and specialists from software industry (The Bruhn New Tech Company, Denmark).

Vyškov, 7 March. The JCBRN Defence COE hosted a student delegation from the Air War College of the United States Air Force. The delegation was received by COL Vratislav Osvald, the Director of the JCBRN Defence COE. The highlight of the visit was to present a comprehensive overview of the NATO JCBRN Defence COE mission and the ongoing activities in support of NATO.

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Last week, the Joint CBRN Center of Excellence was pleased to host Brigadier General James E. Bonner, U.S. Chief of Chemical and Regimental Command Sergeant Major Henney Hodgkins, U.S. Chemical Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major. Though the U.S. has been a Sponsoring Nation of our COE since 2010, Brigadier General Bonner's visit was the first from a sitting U.S. Chief of Chemical.  Interestingly, BG Bonner was also the first distinguished visitor to be welcomed by our newly appointed Director, Colonel Vratislav Osvald.

Read more: Visit of Brigadier General James E. Bonner