16 • Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 A new structure for JFTC – The idea behind it The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) was established in 2004. Besides some additional positions in the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) in 2017 the last holistic Peacetime Establishment (PE) update for JFTC was issued in 2012. Since that time the scope of training has grown and the requirements our Centre has to comply with have changed. Currently JFTC supports Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s (SACEUR) training requirements and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s (ACT) transformation activities. To fulfil it, it was necessary to optimize the current PE with regard to the accomplishment of the organizational mission and assigned roles and functions. Moreover, in order to be prepared for an expected NATO Command Structure Adaptation a Peacetime Establishment Working Group (PEWG) was re-established in September 2016 to conduct a holistic review of the institution's current End State Peacetime Establishment (ESPE). The working group, supported by an external consultant, conducted a holistic review of JFTC’s PE and prepared a draft of an optimized structure based on the future assumptions for the training at JFTC. The final assessment of an optimized PE was presented to the NATO Defence Manpower Committee in November 2017 and JFTC received the authorization to implement it as a Trial Structure. The Centre was ready to start this test at the beginning of 2018. What are the changes and opportunities of the new structure? The primary focus of the restructuring was to optimize JFTC for the current Program of Work. For that we retained our basic structure with three divisions, but reconfigured internal processes and responsibilities. In the ”trial structure”, JFTC has three Divisions, but some of the current functions are relocated and renamed. The aim is to have a much clearer trisection of major tasks in the future which will also increase our efficiency. A new Division, the Plans & Development Division (PDD) is responsible for Long Term and Strategic Planning & Development, as well as for Capability Development and Analysis. To establish it, the former Training Support Division (TSD) was restructured, to build a second innovative and essential pillar for transformation in our Centre besides training and to have a better alignment with Allied Command Transformation (ACT) - JFTC superior command. Most of the structural changes are affecting the PDD/TSD and also the Training Division (TD). The latter in its new structure is responsible for Short Term Planning, i.e. about 18 month prior to a training event, for the final preparation and execution of the training. The Headquarters Support Division (HSD) will still be responsible for the Institutional and Event Support. The trial structure has more branches and sections than the current one. This also offers nations more options to get a LTC Roman Leipzig, JFTC Human Resources Management Branch Head ■ A Trial Structure for JFTC Switch to the future