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6 Transformation Through Training Issue No 7 July 2015 operations cooperate with allies etc. I want to underline that meeting new training needs and circumstances was possible only thanks to the JFTC staffs professionalism. Training for future participants of the Afghan mission is however only a part of the JFTCs work. Thats true. Another relatively new challenge the JFTC is successfully coping with is the Connected Forces Initiative CFI. NATO is currently in the transition period from its engagement in Afghanistan into a newer model which is better suited to its near and mid-term missions. The Alliance will maintain its capability of performing its core tasks and it will also keep a high level of its forces readiness. To help achieve this Allied Leaders have set out the goal of modern tightly connected NATO Forces 2020 that will be properly equipped trained exercised and led. The CFIs task is to help maintain NATO readiness and combat effectiveness which can be achieved through increased education and training exercises and better use of technology. The JFTC closely cooperates with its parent command Allied Command Transformation ACT other training units as well as with Nations in order to identify requirements test the existing potential identify shortages and propose possible solutions aiming at achieving the CFI goals. And here comes the CWIX - the annual Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration eXperimentation eXamination eXercise which is one of the most important CFI events which we have hosted annually since 2011. This is the training that engages most NATO nations and also many partner countries who come to Bydgoszcz to check the level of interoperability between their command control communications computers and intelligence systems and ones that other nations use. The JFTC meets high standards required to execute this extremely challenging event. We cannot forget either about the VJTF. The geopolitical situation in the Eastern Europe forces NATO nations to change certain concepts strategies and doctrines related to their own security. In critical areas of operation NATO nations are capable of defending their own territory. What we have to take care of is how to prepare defence in a coalition. The JFTC is ready to respond to tasks in this regard. How do you see the JFTCs role in this area VJTF - a spearhead force within the NATO Response Force NRF was designed to be able to deploy to respond to a security threat within days. Rapid deployment of the VJTF will be facilitated by NFIUs - small command and control and reception units that are being established in Bulgaria Estonia Latvia Lithuania Poland and Romania. My intention is to merge training for the VJTFs brigade with the one for the NFIU. Cooperation implemented already during the training phase will enable integration of the two new structures - that may have different procedures regulations or be equipped with different command and control liaison systems - so that they could cooperate effectively and fulfil their tasks. When you talk about adjusting to the new reality one may have an impression that these changes are being implemented seamlessly without any problems. Is it really so Experience of the JFTC staff guarantees completion of new tasks. However it is true that challenges we face are sometimes very demanding. But this is what professionalism is about we have to be and we are flexible and open for the new. We receive orders which we fulfil and the way we do it is highly appreciated by our customers. Transformation through Training this is the JFTCs motto. Although it refers mainly to transformation the Alliance undergoes thanks to training it also describes changes development the JFTC staff goes through and how the centre adjusts to current needs thanks to practice. The JFTC is a relatively small unit however it is without a question and doubt a showcase of NATO training. Talking about numbers the JFTC consists of 107 posts only. Conducting and hosting so many training events exercises courses experiments with total audience between 4 and 6 thousand people a year how this as you mentioned yourself small team can handle it Huge support comes from contractors. Approximately30andduringbiggerexercises even more cooperate with us. We can execute our Program of Work thanks to devotion of the JFTC permanent staff the contractors but also thanks to the JFTC Support Unit and the NCI Agency Communications and Information Systems Support Unit Bydgoszcz. We have to remember that our work is much more than just training executed in Bydgoszcz. Our staff travels a lot - in support of other training events conducted all over the world to participate in various conferences recce visits in the theatre where they collect current data indispensable for preparation and execution of up-to-date training. It is quite common that the JFTC employees devote their free time so that the JFTC tasks are executed on the highest possible level. Now when the JFTC is facing new challenges the needs regarding the manpower will grow. We will need experts in new areas and more personnel to support training. On one hand we will use contractors subject matter experts who will augment the centres staff depending on current needs. On the other hand we have to invest in our permanent personnel here I mean training and courses for JFTC members as well as increasing the centres Peacetime Establishment. This is also my key task for the months to come to prepare the JFTC core staff that will enable us to complete new tasks with full professionalism. Human factor is one thing and what about the infrastructure tools the JFTC uses in execution of training Were or are changes in those areas equally challenging Our largest challenge is combining Simulation systems that support exercises on different levels. This centre was designed to handle primarily exercises below Joint Operational level and for that we have a great system called JCATS Joint Conflict And Tactical Simulation system. It does a great job at brigade and below and can even be stretched to corps level. Although joint operational level is not our primary task we do have JTLS Joint Theater Level Simulation which is excellent for that purpose. The two simulations were never designed to work together. In the past