JTIC

Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum (JTIC)


What is JTIC?

  • JTIC is the education and training solution for increasing and maintaining 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.

Staff Management Track

This COI is comprised of the NATO Joint Targeting Staff (NJTS) Course and the Target Engagement Authority for Senior Leaders (TEA-SL) seminar. The Staff COI introduces the basics of the Joint Targeting Cycle to NATO Targeting, Operations, Intelligence, Planning, Legal, Policy, and Commander’s Special Staff personnel. The COI will cover the deliberate and dynamic targeting processes, along with in-depth exposure to the six phases of the Joint Targeting Cycle. As a result, students will understand the complexities of the Joint Targeting Process, as well as the importance of their specific staff function in its successful execution. The TEA-SL seminar, delivered in METTs only, covers the Commander’s and Senior Staff’s roles and responsibilities in the Joint Targeting Process.

Target Development Track

The TD COI includes the NJTS, NATO Joint Intermediate Target Development (NJITD), and Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) Courses. Upon completion of the TD COI, students will understand the complexities of the Joint Targeting Process, how to successfully develop and database targets to the intermediate level, and how to calculate collateral damage estimates resulting from lethal air-to-surface and surface-to-surface strikes. The intended audience for this COI is NCS, NFS, and those serving in national targeting organizations.

Combat Assessment Track

The CA COI includes the NJTS, NJITD, and NATO Battle Damage Assessment (NBDA) Courses. Upon completion of the CA COI, students will understand the complexities of the Joint Targeting Process, how to successfully develop targets to the intermediate level, and how to assess Phase I and II battle damage, munitions effectiveness and re-attack recommendations. The intended audience for this COI is NCS, NFS, and those serving in national targeting organizations.

Who is JTIC for?

  • JTIC is tailored to provide operationally relevant targeting training and education 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.
  • JTIC’s three course tracks (Staff Management, Target Development, and Combat Assessment) are specifically designed to reflect the competency requirements for the employment of Targeteers at the Operational-level, but is applicable to all Staff and Targeting positions at the Tactical and Strategic levels.


JTIC - NATO Targeting Function Courses Of Instruction (COIs)




Why is JTIC Needed?

  • 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 shortfall.