Military Cooperation Yields Results in Tunisia
The One NATO, Partner Country Team met in Tunisia January 14 and 15. This cross-functional, pan-headquarters team dealt with counter IED tactics, building integrity, cyber warfare, and force preparation. Headquarters units present included international staff, international military staff, SHAPE J9, JFC Naples J9 and LANDCOM G9. Photo courtesy Military Partnership Branch.
Jan 23, 2019
Story by JFC Naples Public Affairs
Tunis, TUNISIA - A full vertical spectrum
of NATO Headquarters sat down with host nation Tunisia in a NATO-wide partner
country team approach to developing a Defence Capacity Building (DCB) work plan
in Tunis January 14 and 15.
we know there can be a long way from a plan to execution,” said Colonel Franck
Faubladier, Military Partnership Branch Head. "That’s why last week’s DCB
meeting in Tunisia was so satisfying.”
This procedure is part of the "One NATO” approach
and applies to partnership military cooperation.
"It is now Standard Operating Procedure and
ensures that all the key stakeholders can be at the table from the political to
the tactical level, reducing the need for time-consuming feedback and ensuring
round-the-table solutions where feasible,” said Faubladier.
The country team approach keeps overall leadership
with the international staff but it can hand the administrative lead over to
the international military staff or the NATO command structure. This helps put the practical lead in the most appropriate place but also helps to de-conflict and coordinate. On this occasion, the Military Partnership Branch (J9) was given the administrative leadership on assisting in developing Force Preparation for some specific units.