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12th NATO Lessons Learned Conference
12th NATO Lessons Learned Conference


From 10 to 12 November 2015 JALLC successfully hosted the 12th NATO Lessons Learned Conference, held at the Portuguese Military Academy in Amadora, Portugal. This year’s Conference theme was ”Closing the loop: The lessons learned capability in support of NATO transformation”. Panels of distinguished speakers and Subject Matter Experts delivered interesting presentations and discussions on six key topics within the Conference theme: Lessons from past and ongoing operations are a major driver for NATO transformation; Lessons from Exercises are essential to NATO transformation; Demonstrating how the Lessons Learned process supports NATO transformation; How NATO can better interact with Non-NATO entities?; What lessons Non-NATO entities drew from their interaction/cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan?; and Key lessons from Crisis Management operations. In addition to the panels, several updates from ACT and various COEs were well received by the audience.

In total, 276 attendees from 25 NATO nations, nine PfP Nations (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Ireland, Moldova, Sweden, and Ukraine) and five other nations (Australia, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, and Pakistan) participated in the 2015 NATO Lessons Learned Conference. 

From within NATO there were attendees from NATO International Staff, NATO International Military Staff, NATO Command Structure HQs, NATO Force Structure HQs, and Centres of Excellence. The EU Military Staff, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, United States Agency for International Development, US Center for Army Lessons Learned, CAN Army Lessons Learned Centre and the International Committee of the Red Cross were also present, completing the broad and diverse scope of attending participants this year.

All the Conference presentations, the Conference Report, the Conference Agenda, List of Participants and more information about the Conference can be found at this link.