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Ettal Pupils at NSO


Ettal Pupils educate the NSO Staff

By Public Affairs Office

On 11 Oct 17, 15 pupils currently studying Advanced-level English at the Benedictine High School in Ettal (5 kilometers from Oberammergau) presented the German Country Brief to an audience of over eighty NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) staff and spouses. The Brief addressed a broad spectrum of German culture, history, politics and facts from Beethoven to beer, from the Bundestag to the Bundesliga.

The pupils were not only placed in the unfamiliar surroundings of the NATO School but also had to talk, for over an hour, in a second language and in the presence of their English teacher and headmaster, Hubert Hering. Through their proficiency in English, often combined with humour, the pupils successfully achieved their goal and expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to gain valuable experience and to engage in conversation.

NSO staff are planning a return visit to the Ettal High School to instruct and debrief the students and to further links between the NSO and the local community.


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OSINT Workshop

By Intelligence Department

From 26 – 28 Sep 17, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) hosted the NATO Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Working Group (OSIWG) workshop for OSINT training development.

In response to the Allied Command Operations (ACO) requirement, this workshop was directed by the OSIWG to develop new curriculum consistent with MC 0647 – Policy on OSINT and doctrine AJP-2.9. Allied Command Transformation (ACT) has selected the NSO to be the primary education and training facility to support the training outcome. This new curriculum will enhance existing instruction by incorporating contemporary practical exercises and by adding e-Learning modules as mandatory pre-requisites.

The participants in this workshop included national representatives from Canada, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, The Netherlands, USA and NATO's Intelligence Fusion Centre (NIFC) complimented by NATO Command Structure representation from the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), ACT and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).



Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course attracts largest number of participants ever

By Mr Michael Rühle, NATO HQ

From 25 - 29 Sep 17, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) facilitated the third Energy Security Strategic Awareness Course. The course was held in cooperation with NATO Headquarters, Allied Command Operations, Allied Command Transformation, the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence and the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

This year’s iteration of the course featured the largest number of participants so far. 40 students from 23 allied and partner countries attended. According to Colonel Timothy Dreifke, Commandant of the NSO, this vindicates the School’s decision of three years ago to go ahead with this new kind of course. Alan Howard, Deputy Chair of the NPS’s Energy Academic Group, agrees: "The NSO is the perfect venue for such a course. The NSO’s infrastructure and staff help to create the right atmosphere for disseminating a lot of knowledge in a rather short span of time. The participants' feedback shows that they truly appreciate this. Their engagement throughout the course was exemplary."

The course takes place annually in the Autumn and covers various aspects of energy security, ranging from cyberattacks on energy infrastructure to maritime security.