NATO Aircom Joint ISR Operators Practitioner Course
3SDL have successfully delivered the second iteration in 2017 of the NATO AIRCOM JISR Operators Practitioner Course, 28 Aug – 8 Sep, at Allied Air Command HQ, Ramstein AFB in Germany. Nineteen students from twelve different countries participated in the two week course, including for the first time a French Naval officer and also a Partnership for Peace (PfP) representative from the Irish Army Air Corps. The student body was represented by Aerospace Battle Managers, Intelligence staff, ISR mission crew, fast-jet pilots and ground based air defence operators across the NATO military ranks from OF4 to OR6.
This 3SDL course was again taught by Andy Kelly and Andrew Mewes, and involves a diverse range of generic ISR subject areas and specific NATO JISR operational spheres, involving all five domains of air, land, sea, space and cyber. Major subjects included NATO & JISR doctrine, NATO Intelligence cycle, JISR process, Intelligence Requirements Management & Collection Management, Intelligence disciplines, JISR planning as part of the wider NATO operational process, ISR problem sets, ISR effects, Distributed Common Ground Stations, Alliance Ground Surveillance, NATO ISR capability briefings, kill-chains, critical thinking and collaborative working.
The training is predominantly classroom based in Week 1, but in Week 2 the academics give way to scenario-based practical exercises that range from the tactical through the operational to the strategic level. The scenarios cover a variety of ISR problem sets and involve the utilization of many of the NATO countries dedicated ISR capabilities and assets. The course members are encouraged to think innovatively by challenging current doctrine and recent lessons learned, primarily based on their own operational experiences or previous training. This approach is adopted when acting as either the team leader or a team member.
Assessment of the students is initially conducted using a summative methodology with a written examination that utilizes the questions – describe and explain rather than list or state. A formative approach to assessment occurs in the practical phase and is applied to all team members, not just the leader. Students were also tasked with presenting individual national ISR capabilities to the whole course.
The next course will take place in Dec 2017 at Ramstein, and we are looking forward to meeting the next group of diverse NATO ISR Practitioners.