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Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum (JTIC)
WHAT IS JTIC?
JTIC is the education and training solution for maintaining and increasing Alliance competency in the Joint Targeting Process through formal qualification and certification courses at the NATO School Oberammergau.
JTIC derives its purpose and intent from the "Intelligence Support to Targeting" work package of NATO’s Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (JISR) Initiative, which was adopted by the nations during NATO’s Chicago Summit in 2012.
JTIC is directly linked to NATO’s interoperability and operational readiness requirements articulated in the Connected Forces Initiative (CFI), the ACO Targeting Action Plan (ATAP), SHAPE’s Joint Targeting Implementation Plan (JTIP) and Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR Lessons Learned.
JTIC is comprised of highly qualified and experienced international staff from all components working together to provide a first-class learning environment for all students. Course material is continuously maintained based on doctrinal updates, NATO TTP’s and feedback from operational units across the Alliance to guarantee relevant and current education and training solutions.
The course topics range from the basic fundamentals of joint targeting to advanced level operational and specialized courses. The training objectives focus on maximizing student learning and retention of the materials presented through the application of NATO doctrine. The students graduate the JTIC program empowered with the knowledge, contacts, and skills to succeed as targeeters in NATO’s multinational environment.
WHY IS JTIC NECESSARY?
NATO's essential purpose to safeguard the freedom and security of its members depends on the continuous improvement of its military capabilities to enhance the effectiveness of the Alliance. Competency in the precise execution of the Joint Targeting Process is critical to that effectiveness. Lessons Learned from NATO combat operations and NATO Response Force (NRF) certification exercises have repeatedly highlighted Joint Targeting training as a critical NATO operational readiness, execution and interoperability necessity.
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Introduction to Joint Targeting by LTC Maximilian Katz, DEU-A, Department Director JTIC
WHO ARE JTIC COURSES FOR?
JTIC is tailored to provide operationally relevant targeting education and training to personnel assigned to NATO Command and Force Structure positions, those identified to fill NATO Crisis Establishment billets during combat operations, NATO member’s national intelligence and operations targeting billets as well as those involved in targeting from select NATO Partner Nations.
The 4 courses offered at the NSO are specifically designed to reflect the competency requirements for the employment of targeteers at the operational level however they are applicable to all staff and targeting positions at Tactical and Strategic levels.
N3-17 NATO Joint Targeting Staff (NJTS) Course
N3-97 NATO Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) Course
N3-139 NATO Joint Intermediate Target Development Course
N3-140 NATO Battle Damage Assessment Course
The N3-17 NATO Joint Targeting Staff Course or any national NATO-approved joint targeting course is a pre-requisite for the other three courses of N3-97, N3-139 & N3-140. Students that have successfully passed N3-17 or any national NATO-approved joint targeting course have met this pre-requisite. The JTIC ByPass Test no longer exists and is not required for students with the N3-17 course prior to 2015 or NATO-approved national joint targeting courses, based on SACT’s decision of 07 Dec 2018. "SACT’s Procedure for a bypass test applicable to the entry module of the Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum (JTIC)" (2100 TSC FCI 0140/TT-160939/SER: NU0614 (INV); dated 25 July 2016) will not be applied any longer.
Students that have completed a national NATO-approved joint targeting course and want to register for the other three JTIC courses, through NSO Student Admin offices, need to submit their respective national course certificate with the Joining Report. The national course certificate verifies the student has obtained the foundational Joint Targeting knowledge to be prepared for other JTIC courses.
TARGET ENGAGEMENT AUTHORITY - SENIOR LEADERS (TEA-SL) SEMINAR
(3-4 hours) / pre-requisite: none
This seminar covers Commanders’ responsibilities, staff contributions and an overview of the CDE methodology to provide insight into the Joint Targeting Process. Additionally the TEA-SL will provide an avenue for senior staffs to understand their roles to support the Commander’s decision making process regarding Joint Targeting and allow a Commander to tailor their processes as necessary for any potential NATO operation.
The TEA-SL seminar is only offered as a Mobile Education Training Team (METT).