“Practice, practice and even more practice.” This underlines the nature of CCOE’s NATO accredited Civil Military Interaction (CMI) / Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) courses. It is about a well-balanced mixture – a mixture of knowledge, skills and attitude driven learning moments. They were offered to the students in a multinational setting of instructors, subject matter experts and students. That appears to be the appreciated setting to enable CIMIC professionals to cope with the challenges deriving from the modern operational environment.
“This is the first time that I haven’t just been bombarded with theory. I have been provided with the opportunity to deeply exercise my knowledge, certainly not without facing challenging situations. Staff Officers coming from different nations, holding diverse experiences and applying multiple approaches to tackle demanding tasks, have added to my individual portfolio. The NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course is a nice opportunity to be better trained for the demanding future NATO operations. I’m ready to expect the unexpected now.” Said José Luis Monterde Maldonado, a Spanish Army Lieutenant Colonel and student of that course.
The most recent iterations of CCOE’s NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC) and the NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC) have been facilitated by the Hungarian Defense Forces Civil-Military Cooperation and Psychological Operations Centre (HDF CMCC) in Budapest, Hungary. This Centre has initially been established to generate the CIMIC capability required to cope with CIMIC related operational challenges of the 21st century. In 2004 the scope of the Centre was widened by obtaining the responsibility for psychological operations carried out by the Hungarian Defense Forces.
Magnus Rosengren, a Swedish Army Major was also student of the course. He stated: “Well conducted CCOE course in Budapest, Hungary. That counts for both the content and the exchange of knowledge and experience between the instructors and the participants. I can recommend the NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course to everybody to enhance the knowledge about NATO CIMIC, the NATO CIMIC doctrine and NATO’s CIMIC tactics, techniques and procedures.”
The HDF CMCC has proven to be an excellent facilitator for demanding training events like the both CIMIC Courses. Tremendous value has been added by the course staff generated from the CCMC’s resources comprising of the knowledge and experience needed to train an international collection of students.