Lessons Learned & Analysis

The Lessons Learned and Analysis Branch (LL&A Branch), contributes to the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) mission by providing external and internal observation, lesson and analysis delivery.

It does so by procedures and framework, to learn from experiences and improve performance. LL&A Branch contributes to international work regarding strengthening the information sharing between NATO, states, international and governmental organizations.

The Team

John Varmark Jakobsen

Branch Chief

LTC John Jakobsen is The Branch Chief (BC) of the Lessons Learned and Analysis Branch.

The Branch Chief gives guidance to the processes and his personnel. The BC is responsible for internal and external LL competence delivery of his branch and responsible for the development of new LL CCOE products.

Rene Halfmann

Deputy Branch Chief

CDR Rene Halfmann is the Deputy Branch Chief (DBC) of CCOE’s LL&A Branch. He chairs the periodical meetings of the CCOE Lessons Learned Working Group and is the primarily contact person for the development of internal papers and analysis.

He is the point of contact for the following subjects:

  • CIMIC Lessons Learned Workshop (June 2019)
  • Comprehensive Analysis
  • CIMIC in a Maritime Environment

Normen Schneider

Staff Officer LL&A

Captain Normen Schneider is the Staff Officer in the LL&A Branch.

He is primarily responsible for:

  • Build-up and maintain understanding on capacity building between non-military partners (like UN OCHA) and military partners, and he focuses on observation papers externally.
  • Internally is he the primarily contact person for the development of analysis. 

Ralf Leifer

Staff Assistant LL&A

Senior Master Sergeant Ralf Leifer supports the Branch Chief in the planning and execution of the Branch activities this includes the following tasks:


  • Responsible for administrative support within the LL&A Branch.
  • Maintain and update the CCOE Library and the LL database.
  • Support the Branch Chief regarding LL&A budgeting and economic reports.
  • Supports the planning and execution of conferences, meetings and workshops internal and external related to the CIMIC/CMI Lessons Learned process.