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Mar 28 2024

Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Enhances Civil-Military Cooperation

Brunssum, The Netherlands – Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) took a significant stride in advancing cooperation and preparedness among NATO members with the organization of the first Regional Plan Centre (RP-C) Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC)-Concept Implementation Conference. The conference, hosted by Major General Mark Pullan, Deputy Chief of Staff Plans at Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, was conducted March 26 to 27, 2024.

The primary objective of the conference was to provide national CIMIC stakeholders with comprehensive insights into the current state of RP-C planning and the essential requirements of the RP-C CIMIC-Concept for Allied Nations comprising Joint Operations Area Centre (JOA-C). Furthermore, the gathering aimed to foster dialogue and interpersonal engagement, laying the groundwork for enhanced collaboration in the future.

Reflecting on discussions held during the conference, the CIMIC focus is adapting to the changing security landscape, particularly in light of recent events. Lessons learned from the Russian invasion of Ukraine serve as a sobering reminder of the need for NATO to bolster its resilience against both military and non-military threats. By pursuing a more robust, integrated, and coherent approach, the Alliance can effectively safeguard its interests.

Acknowledging the diverse organizational structures of Allies in managing natural emergencies and domestic CIMIC forces, the conference sought to cultivate a shared understanding of JFCBS planning processes. The participants also pointed out the importance of fostering a common understanding of planning methodologies to streamline coordination efforts and enhance the effectiveness of CIMIC operations.

The conference drew participants from across the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure, and national CIMIC representatives, along with various other stakeholders. Through engaging discussions and collaborative workshops, attendees gained valuable insight of the intricacies of CIMIC planning and implementation, setting the stage for enhanced cooperation in the future.

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