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Colonel Handle and Colonel Mattina

NSO Representatives lecture at the Tunisian War College

By Public Affairs Office

On 10 Jan 18, NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) representatives Colonel Enrico Mattina, ITA-A, and Colonel Paul Handle, AUT-A, visited the Tunisian War College to deliver lectures on NATO and Partnership programmes.

The War College is presently hosting its 22nd class with a total of 82 officers, mostly in the rank of OF-4, including eight international students from Germany and seven African nations. The NSO representatives brought an international flavour to the curriculum resulting in genuine interest in the presentations and discussions. The visit was of mutual benefit as they were able to exchange views on current issues and further cooperation with some of the officers in the audience having already attended courses in Oberammergau or received training at their units by NSO’s Mobile Education and Training Teams (METTs). In 2018 Tunisia will send officers to 32 different NSO courses.

Tunisia joined NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue in 1994 and in March 2016 requested a Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP). NSO’s engagement within the DEEP is to support the faculty and curriculum development for the Tunisian Staff and War College.

METT Montenegro


NSO supports Montenegro’s Cyber Defence Training

Liliana Serban
NSO Course Director and NPS Liaison Officer

Under the auspices of the NATO Science for Peace Programme (SPS) the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) supports Montenegro’s cyber defence objective as defined in its NATO Accession Plan. From Mar - Dec 2017 the NSO, in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), conducted two cyber security courses in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica: the Network Security (M6-108) Course and the Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation (M6-109) Course.

The training audience of 30 students was comprised of professionals from various governmental organizations, whose daily tasks include network management and administration, as well as engineers, technicians, forensic investigators and penetration testers. Each course lasted ten weeks including both resident instruction and self-paced learning. During the first and last week of each course students had to attend lectures in Podgorica with eight weeks of distance learning in between. At the end of the Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation Course (M6-109) 21 students received an industry standard certification in ethical hacking from the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. This coveted certification significantly improves national expertise and enhances national capacity to respond to cyber incidents and to the defence of national networks.

The students valued the lectures, remote laboratory environment and final projects and exams offered by the two courses. Students stated, they "[…] can use this knowledge and the presented real world examples to improve [their] regular work" and underlined that, "[…] it is nice to know so much about cyber security. […] The courses gave a great opportunity for intensive and broad learning."