|Updated: 06-Dec-2000||NATO Review|
Centres: Improving training
Both Allies and Partners need to concentrate energy and resources, while
collecting and sharing lessons learned, and establishing best practice.
The TEEP highlighted that one way of achieving this is through setting
up PfP Training Centres to offer high-quality training and education activities
to all Allies and Partners.
A promising start has been made already through the Concept for PfP Training
Centres, which was approved by the North Atlantic Council on 16 November
1998. It set the ground rules for associating national institutions with
the NATO-PfP framework, introducing a uniquely collaborative approach
to the essential investment in human resources needed to support the Enhanced
and More Operational Partnership (2) launched at the
Washington Summit. Through this Concept, Allies and Partners took a significant
step towards fostering a greater role for national training facilities
within the Partnership.
The Concept underlines the growing importance of education and training
in enhanced PfP, and underscores the potential role that the PfP Training
Centres can play in the common endeavour to improve training and education,
promote regional cooperation and contribute to interoperability.
Any national training facility seeking to be designated as a "PfP
Training Centre" needs to satisfy the basic principles set out in
the Concept. Each application is forwarded by the host country and subjected
to careful screening by a NATO Team - made up of members of the International
Staff, the International Military Staff and Major NATO Commands - before
official recognition is granted by a Council decision.
To date, six high quality national training establishments have been
designated PfP Training Centres by the Council, several of them with a
well-established track record and international reputation. These centres
are already demonstrating what the designation "PfP Training Centre"
stands for: quality, transparency and collaboration. Indeed, one of the
main reasons for a training establishment to apply for the official PfP
designation is to be recognised as being part of a family of prestigious
The foundation for the emerging network of PfP Training Centres was laid
at the inauguration of the centre in Ankara in 1998. This centre provides
quality training and education support to Partner nations and assists
Partners in reaching the interoperability levels required for participation
in NATO-led PfP operations and exercises. It offers operational and strategic
level courses, while also coordinating and steering the tactical-technical
level courses of other Turkish military schools. The centre offers the
full benefits of training in an Allied country, covering nearly the entire
range of Interoperability Objectives established by NATO for Partner armed
The PfP Training Centres already designated in Partner countries are
It runs a nine-month International Training Course (ITC) and a three-month course on European Security Policy, which include classes in the fields of international security policy, preventive diplomacy and arms control. The GCSP also contributes to the Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Policy Institutes in PfP member countries in collaboration with the US-German Marshall Center and the NATO Defense College (3) in Rome.
Less than a year into its implementation, thanks to the Concept for PfP
Training Centres, there is already a network of institutions pioneering
the way for the emergence of a larger and wider family. These centres
familiarise participants with NATO's command, staff, operational and logistic
procedures, and the procedures required in multinational and joint operations.
This supports the development of interoperability between NATO and Partner
forces for NATO-led PfP operations, and helps enhance the operational
character of PfP. The centres also offer significant potential for cutting
costs by conducting training and education locally.
A great start has been made on the work to develop the Training and Education Enhancement Programme mandated by the Washington Summit and to raise the level of highly qualified human resources essential for the increasingly operational Partnership.