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With courses, seminars and workshops, the NSO meets the current and emerging training needs of the Alliance and partner nations

Knowledge Enables Capability




At the Heart of the Bavarian Alps


United Kingdom Metropolitan Police

United Kingdom Metropolitan Police

2016 International Hostage Negotiation Workshop

By Sergeant Jamie Cavazos, Public Affairs Office

In September 2016, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) facilitated the inaugural Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Hostage Negotiation Workshop hosted by the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police. Delegates from the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait attended the two-day workshop with the aim to support ongoing collaborative efforts in countering the threat of, and response to, terrorist-inspired events.


CTC 2016

CTC Group Photo (photo by SGT Jacob Seguin US-A/Released)

Combined Training Conference NATO School Oberammergau (NSO)

By Sergeant Jamie Cavazos, Public Affairs Office

During the period 25-29 July 2016, the NSO hosted the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Combined Training Conference (CTC) attracting approximately 390 US and NATO military planning staff. The aim of the CTC was to synchronize, source and schedule regional, land-based, joint integrated exercises and individual training that support NATO interoperability and develop Allied and partner capabilities and capacities, with a planning horizon of 2017-2019.


Teaching Gender in the Military: A Handbook

Teaching Gender in the Military

Teaching Gender in the Military: A Handbook

By Lieutenant Commander Rémi Tremblay
Standards, Evaluation and Training Department

On 21 Jun 16, Ms. Tanja Geiss, Mr. Gigi Roman and LCDR Remi Tremblay presented the Teaching Gender in the Military: A Handbook to the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) Commandant and Dean of Academics. The Handbook codifies the knowledge and best practices developed during a series of four workshops organised by the Security Sector Reform and Education Development Working Groups of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC). The first workshop was held in Jul 12 at the NSO followed by additional workshops at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Dec 12), and in Geneva (Dec 13 and Jul 14). (read more...)


DEEP

Sergeant Major Smid and Ukrainian DEEP attendees

NATO NCO Seminar in Ukraine

By Sergeant Major Martin Gut, Non-Commissioned Officers Programmes Department (NCOPD)

In the first quarter of 2016, SGM Janez Smid (SLO) developed a two-week seminar for Ukraine (UKR) NCOs under the auspices of the Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP). The DEEP mission is to contribute to international security through the professionalization of the Officer Corps, NCO Corps and civilian defence officials of partner countries to ensure their respective defence education institutions are compatible with western defence education standards and values. SGM Smid organized and led two seminars in the Ukraine from May 23 to June 17 and was ably supported by CWO Yancy Savard (CAN), SGM Miroslav Dulaj (SVK), SGM Robert Plzak (CZE) and CWO Henry Bethlehem (NLD) of the NSO NCOPD. The NSO staff presented lessons and guided discussions on Officer-NCO Relations, NCO Development, Gender and Equal Opportunity, Counselling and Communication and Career Paths. Furthermore, the NSO staff presented the NATO NCO Bi-SC Strategy and Recommended Non-Commissioned Officers Guidelines from Oct 2010, the NCO Professional Military Education Reference Curriculum and the NCO programmes from their respective nations and services. The seminars provided the UKR Leadership, Officers and NCOs with detailed insight in how to develop their NCO Corps and the opportunities that arise from a having well-trained educated and structured NCO Corps.


JPOD

Creation of the Joint Plans and Operations Department

Creation of the Joint Plans and Operations Department (JPOD)

By Lieutenant Colonel Dai Davies, Joint Plan and Operations Department

The Joint Plans and Operations Department was created in June 2016. It was the product of a merger between the Joint Operations Department and the Joint Plans Department. In reality, this will have little impact on the current course delivery of the two departments, as they merge; things will carry on as it was before. This merger will impact on NSO's daily business in terms of the naming conventions and department function. In essence everything that was related to JOPS and JPD is to be directed to the JPOD.