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NATO Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) Course

Conducted by JTIC


The aim of this course is to certify NATO Targeteers in the application of the US Collateral Damage Methodology. The US Methodology has been approved for use during NATO combat operations and is serving as the framework for the emerging NATO methodology for air-to-surface and surface-to-surface lethal operations.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Secret
Discipline: JTG - Joint Targeting
Area: JT - Joint Targeting
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Apply
ePrime No.: ACT.442
ETOC Code: JTG-JT-3820

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N3-97-A-19 28 Jan 19 - 01 Feb 19
N3-97-B-19 11 - 15 Mar 19 0
N3-97-C-19 08 - 12 Apr 19 0
N3-97-D-19 13 - 17 May 19 0
N3-97-E-19 24 - 28 Jun 19 0
N3-97-F-19 09 - 13 Sep 19 0
N3-97-G-19 21 - 25 Oct 19 0
N3-97-H-19 02 - 06 Dec 19 1

If no seats are available, you may have your agency POC send a seat waiting list request. Please click on the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

Learning Objectives

Logic, Composition, Facts and Assumptions of the CDM - 200: Given references, describe the rationale, basis, and assumptions (to include policy, procedures and weapon effects) used in CDE in accordance with CJCSI 3160.01A.

Legal Requirements, Basis, and Importance of CDE to National and Senior Military Leadership - 200: Given references, describe the legal implications (to include No-Strike Policy, Command and Legal responsibilities) of CDE in accordance with CJCSI 3160.01A.

Weaponeering and Mitigation Logic of CDE - 200: Describe the weaponeering concepts which influence and are accounted for by the CDM (to include basic weaponeering principles, weapon's effects mechanisms, and mitigation techniques in accordance with CJCSI 3160.01A).

Accomplish Each of the Five CDE-Level Analysis - 300: Given references, describe and demonstrate the processes used to conduct CDE assessments for each of the five levels of CDE analysis in accordance with CJCSI 3160.01A. Given a scenario, the students will conduct, in accordance with references, assessments for each of the five levels of CDE analysis in accordance with CJCSI 3160.01A.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-1 through OF-5) and NCOs (OR-3 through OR-9), or civilian equivalents, who are assigned to a NATO organization, Ministry of Defence, or subordinate military headquarters, unit, or agency of any NATO country which fulfils responsibilities in support of NATO targeting or collateral damage estimation.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-3 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5

Prerequisite Courses

Code Name
N3-17 NATO Joint Targeting Staff (NJTS) Course


This one-week course is comprised of interactive plenary lectures, followed by practical exercises. The course culminates in a proctored, open-book test which must be passed to the 80% level.

Further Information

The N3-17 NATO Joint Targeting Staff Course is a pre-requisite for any other JTIC course (N3-97, N3-139 & N3-140).
Students that have successfully passed N3-17 after 1 January 2015 may register for other JTIC courses through NSO Student Admin offices.
Students that have successfully passed N3-17 before 1 January 2015 must provide a valid certificate of accomplishment to NSO for approval.
Once the certificate is approved, the student will then be notified to continue the registration process with NSO Student Admin and the student will be expected to take a Bypass test online (through NSWAN/BICES) or during the next attendance of a JTIC course.
The Bypass test verifies the student obtains the foundational Targeting knowledge to be prepared for other JTIC courses. Students who do not pass the Bypass test will not receive a certificate of accomplishment for ANY JTIC courses until they successfully pass the N3-17.