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Jun 26 2020

JFC Brunssum hosts Security Force Assistance Round-Table

Brunssum, the Netherlands – On 25 June 2020 Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) hosted the second NATO Security Force Assistance (SFA) round-table with the participation of representatives from NATO Headquarters in Brussels (BEL), Joint Force Command (JFCNP) and NATO Strategic Direction South (NSD-S) Hub in Naples, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy, Greece, Turkey (NRDC-ITA,-GRE, -TUR), Multi-National CIMIC Group Headquarters (MNCG HQ) in Motta di Livenza (ITA), Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA) in Fort Leavenworth (USA), Post conflict Operations Study Centre (PCOSC) in Turin (ITA), NATO SFA Centre of Excellence (COE) in Cesano (ITA), NATO Stability Policing (SP) COE and COE for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) in Vicenza (ITA), Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) in Kabul (AFG), EUROCORPS in Strasbourg (FRA), a representative of EUCAP (European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia) Somalia, 3rd Battalion – 353 Regiment – SFA Operations Group from the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk (USA), Maritime Command in Northwood (GBR), Spanish Navy High Readiness Forces (Maritime) Headquarters (SPMARFOR HQ), Polish Special Operations Command (POL SO COM) in Cracow, and several JFCBS Divisions. 

The round-table was organized by the Doctrine and Lessons Learned Branch of JFCBS Training & Exercises Division (J7), and supported by the NATO SFA COE.  Major General Cornelis Matthijssen, Deputy Chief of Staff of Plans Directorate, welcomed the attendees and underlined the importance of SFA as an integral element of many ongoing missions. The event was chaired by Captain (Navy) Loic Michel, Doctrine and Lessons Learned Branch Head (DLL BH), and co-chaired by the NATO SFA COE Director, Col Massimo Di Pietro.

The purpose of this SFA round table was to enhance the understanding on SFA activities in the framework of NATO Projecting Stability, and to improve the SFA interaction among the strategical, operational and tactical levels.

The exchanges were intense and fruitful: the richness of the multicultural and multinational panel of the audience brought their unique contribution, thanks to their diverse experiences in the field.  Furthermore, this SFA roundtable helped to expand the SFA community regardless of the COVID-19 limitations, and gave the participants a unique opportunity to discuss common topics related to SFA, like operations, standardization, training, civil-military interaction, and educational activities.

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