The 3rd Annual Tactical Lessons Learned Forum on ”Detention Operations” organized by the NATO MP COE is planned to take place on the NATO MP COE premises in Bydgoszcz, Poland on 09-13 May 2016. Pertinent information on aim, objectives and other essential issues is to be found in the Invitation Letter.
Officer of Primary Responsibility for the Forum:
MAJ Lukasz WAGA (POL MP)
Staff Officer, Lessons Learned Branch
NATO MP COE
phone: +48 261 411 086
mobile: +48 571 271 514
Lessons Learned (LL) should be considered not only as the final step of a process but rather, as the beginning of experience gaining, which is almost always the best teacher. One may quickly build vast amounts of knowledge and expertise at low cost by learning from others. Therefore, this is precisely the prime goal of the Annual Tactical Lessons Learned Forum (ATLLF). This year’s event concentrates on the “Detention Operations” – a sensitive subject which shall be overviewed and further developed within the NATO doctrine. Since “Captured Persons” (CPERS) remain a national (Detaining Power) responsibility, thus handling them under multinational umbrella within NATO-led exercise and operations might be problematic and challenging. However, the role of the respective sensitive matters’ treatment is ideally suitable for a single nation that undertakes the entire commitment, but planning on the organization itself, particular responsibilities’ assignment and a coordinating hub’s establishment are to be addressed preferably on a shared and multinational basis. Consequently, important planning aspects, which have to be considered, are as follows: a national policy being imposed with respect to certain facets of CPERS handling (e.g., release authorities and protocols, and the maximum time permitted to hold CPERS), legal aspects and information sharing.
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