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Collateral Damage Estimation Methodology

Conducted by JTIC


To qualify NATO Targeteers in the application of the US Collateral Damage Methodology, according to US CJCSI 3160.01, No-Strike and the Collateral Damage Estimation Methodology. The US Methodology has been approved for use during NATO combat operations and is serving as the framework for the emerging NATO methodology for air-to-surface and surface-to-surface lethal 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

Admin note

N3-97-I-23 is a METT limited to host students only

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N3-97-H-23 13 - 17 Nov 23
N3-97-A-24 15 - 19 Jan 24 1
N3-97-B-24 12 - 16 Feb 24 Contact POC
N3-97-C-24 11 - 15 Mar 24 Contact POC
N3-97-D-24 15 - 19 Apr 24 Contact POC
N3-97-E-24 20 - 24 May 24 Contact POC
N3-97-F-24 24 - 28 Jun 24 Contact POC
N3-97-G-24 07 - 11 Oct 24 Contact POC
N3-97-H-24 18 - 22 Nov 24 Contact POC

If you wish to join a resident 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.

ADL courses can be accessed without the need for enrolment but students are required to register through the JADL portal using a military/government email address otherwise they will not be accepted.

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

Individuals who are assigned, or selected for assignment, to a NATO, a Ministry of Defence, or subordinate military headquarters, unit or agency of any NATO country which fulfils responsibilities in support of NATO targeting and/or collateral damage estimation. Limited to personnel from: NATO, AUS, FIN, NZL, SWE.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-5 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5

Prerequisite Courses

Code Name
N3-17 NATO Joint Targeting Staff (NJTS) Course


One week residency course comprised of interactive plenary lectures followed by practical exercises in conducting CDE analysis. Course culminates in a 2-part summative exam.

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.