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NATO Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) Course

Conducted by JTIC


Qualify NATO Targeteers in the application of the U.S. Collateral Damage Methodology which is approved for use during NATO combat operations. It serves as the underlying framework for the emerging NATO methodology for air-to-surface and surface-to-surface lethal fires 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 - Advance
ePrime No.: ACT.442
ETOC Code: JTG-JT-3820

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N3-97-A-21 25 - 29 Jan 21 Contact POC
N3-97-B-21 08 - 12 Mar 21 Contact POC
N3-97-C-21 29 Mar 21 - 02 Apr 21 Contact POC
N3-97-D-21 10 - 14 May 21 Contact POC
N3-97-E-21 21 - 25 Jun 21 Contact POC
N3-97-F-21 06 - 10 Sep 21 Contact POC
N3-97-G-21 18 - 22 Oct 21 Contact POC
N3-97-H-21 29 Nov 21 - 03 Dec 21 Contact POC

If you wish to join a course you may have your agency POC send a seat 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 3160.02A.

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

This course is offered both as a resident course and/or a Mobile Education Training Team (METT).
This one week course is open to ranks OR3 - OF5 from NATO nations, Finland, and Sweden. Students must possess valid a NS clearance in order to attend.
The course is comprised of a doctrinal portion and hands on application portion; both require an 80% pass mark for successful course completion.