Empowering Military Decision-Makers

NATO's CIMIC Analysis and Assessment Course Unveils Innovative Learning Tools

On Monday, April 15th , Colonel Andreas Eckel, the director of the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE), welcomed 18 students from 8 NATO countries as they commenced the NATO CIMIC Analysis and Assessment Course (NCAAC).
The NATO CIMIC Analysis and Assessment Course (NCAAC) actively trains students to become proficient contributors to military decision-making by deeply understanding the civil factors of the operating environment. This course is run two times a year by the CCOE. Led by proficient NATO staff and subject matter experts, students delve into frameworks, tools, and techniques to generate impactful CIMIC Analysis and Assessment (CIMIC A&A) products.

Following an overview of current and forthcoming developments in the field of CIMIC, the students embarked on their analytical journey by delving into the CIMIC A&A workflow, its stages, and subsequent responsibilities. As they navigate the A&A process, the NCAAC participants acquaint themselves with various Structured Analytic Techniques (SAT). These techniques empower students to deliver robust, concise, and incontestable counsel pertaining to the civil factor of the operating environment, also referred to as the civil environment (CE).

For the very first time ANALYSIA, a unique war-game supporting the learning process of the NCAAC students is played. ANALYSIA enables participants to experience the interplay between military operations and the civil environment.
Additionally, the course will delve into topics such as Publicly Available Information (PAI), Open Source Information (OSIF), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), all geared towards enhancing the efficiency of CIMIC A&A and fostering the creation of high-quality CIMIC A&A products.

The NCAAC students seize this opportunity to broaden their horizons and augment their individual repertoire of knowledge and skills, thereby enhancing their capacity to contribute value to their respective international or national organisations, headquarters and units.

The CCOE anticipates further enriching learning experiences in the days ahead.