CCOE News

  • NATO CIMIC Awareness Course 01 June 2020

    NATO CIMIC Awareness Course

    Current measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly impacted NATO’s Education & Individual Training, including the CIMIC & CMI (Civil-Military Cooperation & Civil-Military Interaction) training landscape. As a result, the CCOE i[...]

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  • Command Post Exercise (CPX) MILEX 19 15 November 2019

    Command Post Exercise (CPX) MILEX 19

    From the 4 Nov to the 15 Nov 2019 the EU Crisis Management Military Exercises MILEX -19 took place at Larissa/Greece. This year also CCOE participate at the EU exercise with its two CIMIC experts. The aim of this exercise is to further enhance the EU[...]

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  • State of emergency in Framland: “Joint Cooperation” starts 31 October 2019

    State of emergency in Framland: “Joint Cooperation” starts

    The next eight days Framland is in state of emergency. Riots, natural disasters and terrorist attacks threaten the fictional state. The NATO-unique CIMIC exercise “Joint Cooperation” will take place from Wednesday, October 30 through Friday, Nove[...]

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  • Common Effort Week 2019 17 October 2019

    Common Effort Week 2019

    CCOE’s Director Colonel Frank van Boxmeer, Deputy Director Colonel Joachim Miller and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Hoehl are partictipating in exercise Common Effort 2019 in Berlin; the first exercise of a 3-year approach on the SAHEL G5 region. Next [...]

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  • The next step in multinationality 02 October 2019

    The next step in multinationality

    A special day for our CIMIC partners in Germany. The Bundeswehr Civil-Military Cooperation Centre has been renamed to „Multinational Civil-Military Cooperation Command“ and a delegation of the CCOE flew our flag. The idea is enhance the role as a[...]

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  • 12th CIMIC Unit Commanders’ Conference 27 September 2019

    12th CIMIC Unit Commanders’ Conference

    ‘‘Emerging Opportunities: CIMIC role and responsibilities with regards to Resilience in support of NATO Operations’’ was the topic of the 12th CIMIC Unit Commanders’ Conference in Italy. The Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) organized the ev[...]

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  • OCHA Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP) Course 23 September 2019

    OCHA Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP) Course

    PREP is a foundational learning program on humanitarian response. The course brings together humanitarian and development organizations including NGOs, UN agencies, OCHA staff and surge roster members, regional organizations, the military, civil defe[...]

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  • CIMIC Mozaic: teaming-up for the challenges of NATO Functional Specialist Course 22 July 2019

    CIMIC Mozaic: teaming-up for the challenges of NATO Functional Specialist Course

    During the last NATO CIMIC Functional Specialist Course in the Hague, Training and Education Branch provided a new teaching method for the students: the CIMIC Mozaic. The introduction game has focused on creating cooperative teams for the challenges[...]

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  • Three great events on a special day 10 July 2019

    Three great events on a special day

    With the presentation of the CIMIC Award of Excellence, the Change of Command and the Reunion Day, three events took place at the CIMIC Centre of Excellence in one special day. The CIMIC Award of Excellence is the marque symbol of this institutio[...]

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  • Innovative research in the field of CIMIC 19 June 2019

    Innovative research in the field of CIMIC

    Since 2017, the CCOE has been cooperating with the Technical University in Delft to ensure the success of CIMIC Modelling and Simulation project. Ms. Natalia Wojtowicz is leading the research at the University in Delft on the topic: Introducing Civi[...]

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  • HCSS Model NATO 2019 Conference 10 April 2019

    HCSS Model NATO 2019 Conference

    In cooperation with the NATO Centre of Excellence for Civil-Military Cooperation (CCOE) and The Municipality of The Hague, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies invites you to a 3-day simulation of the NATO North Atlantic Council (NAC), in celebrati[...]

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  • Centers of Excellence Lessons Learned Workshop 26 March 2019

    Centers of Excellence Lessons Learned Workshop

    The Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) hosts the Centers of Excellence Lessons Learned Workshop from 25th to 27th March 2019. The COE LL Workshop aims to provide Lessons Learned OPRs from COEs and selected stakeholders from[...]

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  • CIMIC in a Maritime – Allied Maritime Shipping Group Meeting 29 January 2019

    CIMIC in a Maritime – Allied Maritime Shipping Group Meeting

    CIMIC in a Maritime finds its expression in the Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping concept (NCAGS) and Allied Worldwide Navigational Information System (AWNIS). The 2019 Allied Maritime Shipping Group Meeting (AMSG) takes place in the CIMIC [...]

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  • Centres of Excellence 25 January 2019

    Centres of Excellence

    NATO Centres of Excellence are nationally or multi-nationally funded institutions accredited by NATO. They train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries, assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, imp[...]

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  • CCOE donating for a good cause 12 December 2018

    CCOE donating for a good cause

    Christmas time is a time of thoughtfulness, of unhurriedness and the family. Children get their presents and the adults enjoy their time among the family and relatives. Unfortunately not every child spends their Christmas days in that manner. Beginni[...]

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  • The new AJP 3.19 on the road 28 November 2018

    The new AJP 3.19 on the road

    CCOE’s mobile education training team (METT)  performed the first “roadshow” on the new AJP-3.19 in Budapest, Hungary. Three members from the Concepts, Interoperability & Capability Branch were invited to inform and educate the wider Hungarian[...]

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  • Analysis Makes the Difference Workshop, First Impression Report is available 19 November 2018

    Analysis Makes the Difference Workshop, First Impression Report is available

    The Workshop “Analysis Makes the Difference” from 16 – 18 October 2018, was organized together with partners by the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Centre of Excellence (CCOE). At the workshop 118 experts from the military and civilian secto[...]

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  • CCOE in the US: Supporting Operation SLUSS-TILLER 06 September 2018

    CCOE in the US: Supporting Operation SLUSS-TILLER

    Together stronger! Based on the excellent working relations and cooperation between the CCOE and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS) the CCOE supported the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group [...]

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  • Success: CCOE connecting People and Institutions 05 September 2018

    Success: CCOE connecting People and Institutions

    On the 28th of August, the Department of Defense, Defense Geographic Agency from the Dutch Forces visited the UN Humanitarian Data Center, located in The Hague. The overall aim of this visit was to discuss a closer cooperation between the two part[...]

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  • Preparation: Workshop Analysis Makes the Difference 04 September 2018

    Preparation: Workshop Analysis Makes the Difference

    The team of our Lessons Learned & Analysis Branch went to Manheim / Germany to concentrate on the preparations for our Analysis Makes the Difference Workshop, to be held in The Hague from 16th to 18th October 2018. The team returned with good resu[...]

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  • Training & Education: Course offer by CCOE and UN 23 August 2018

    Training & Education: Course offer by CCOE and UN

    Following CCOE´s motto CONNECTING PEOPLE, the United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) course will be conducted at the CCOE from 21 till 26 October 2018. The course will be residential, with approximately 24 participan[...]

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  • Analysis Makes the Difference Workshop 12 July 2018

    Analysis Makes the Difference Workshop

    The CCOE will host the Analysis Makes the Difference Workshop, in The Hague, Netherlands, from the 16-18 October 2018. Syndicates The workshop consists of three independent syndicates: Comprehensive Analysis;CIMIC Lessons Learned;Civil-Military Info[...]

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  • Independence Day: US West Point Cadets at CCOE 04 July 2018

    Independence Day: US West Point Cadets at CCOE

    Today two US Cadets are celebrating their flag day – the Independence Day 4thof July – in The Hague/ The Netherlands. Cadet Sam Jones is a First Class Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York / United States of Americ[...]

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  • Budapest: A great place for CIMIC-Training 06 June 2018

    Budapest: A great place for CIMIC-Training

    From the 7th– 18thMay 2018 the CCOE dispatched a Training Team to run this year’s NATO CIMIC Field Worker / Staff Worker Course at the Hungarian Defence Forces Civil-Military Cooperation and Psychological Operation Centre (HDF CMCPOC) in Budapest[...]

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  • The Hague meets Nienburg : Partners in Civil-Military Cooperation! 11 May 2018

    The Hague meets Nienburg : Partners in Civil-Military Cooperation!

    CCOE supports Zentrum Zivil-Militärische Zusammenarbeit der Bundeswehr in Nienburg/Germany On Thursday May 3rd Major Etien Lavalette (NLD-A) had the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences about NATO CIMIC with 16 German CIMIC operators who [...]

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  • First CIMIC Information Management Systems Workshop 09 May 2018

    First CIMIC Information Management Systems Workshop

    CCOE’s Lessons Learned and Analysis Branch hosted, from the 2nd until the 4th of May, the first CIMIC Information Management System Workshop. This event gathered practitioners and developers of CIV MIL Information Management Systems, in order to ge[...]

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  • “Train as you fight” 25 April 2018

    “Train as you fight”

    During the last NATO CIMIC Liaison Course conducted in, CIMIC Modelling & Simulation (M&S) had executed the simulation with participants. Following the “Train as you fight” motto, the simulation has been focused on everyday challenges of Liai[...]

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  • CIMIC Information Management Systems Workshop 12 April 2018

    CIMIC Information Management Systems Workshop

    The CIMIC Centre of Excellence invited participants from NATO Command and Force Structure, Sponsoring Nations, STRATCOM COE, Academia and UNOCHA to participate to our Workshop on CIMIC Information Management Systems. In 2015/16 the CCOE developed a [...]

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  • Lebanon: Putting CIMIC pieces together into the Pilot LAF CIMIC Basic Course 09 April 2018

    Lebanon: Putting CIMIC pieces together into the Pilot LAF CIMIC Basic Course

    From Monday 19th till Friday 23rd March 2018, the CCOE supported the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) CIMIC Directorate, with the pilot version of the first LAF CIMIC Basic Course. 17 military participants, from the CIMIC Directorate and regular LAF uni[...]

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  • Hungarian expertise comming to town 27 March 2018

    Hungarian expertise comming to town

    In a few months’ time, CCOE will welcome a new Hungarian colleague. Before even entering our Centre, Capt. Szabo worked for the NFIU in Hungary. We are very happy to see that his performance as a CIMIC officer has been highly appreciated. The CCOE [...]

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  • Visit of Hybrid COE: Synchronising common activities 19 March 2018

    Visit of Hybrid COE: Synchronising common activities

    Juha Mustonen – Director of International Relations of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki/ Finland– visited today the CCOE. He was accompanied by partners and colleagues from NATO’s Special Operation[...]

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  • Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces at CCOE 06 March 2018

    Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces at CCOE

    Yesterday the Inspector General of the Netherlands Armed Forces – Lieutenant General Hans van Griensven – visited the CCOE in The Hague. After an office call with the Director – Colonel (GS) Wolfgang Paulik – and the Deputy Director – Colon[...]

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  • Printer, Laptop, Beamer, W-LAN – CCOE’s CIS Section 05 March 2018

    Printer, Laptop, Beamer, W-LAN – CCOE’s CIS Section

    IT-Soldiers work all around the globe in missions. Facing rough circumstances, they manage to always fulfil their task, keeping the connection to the Homefront. Less spectacular – but nonetheless challenging – are the tasks and duties of our smal[...]

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  • CCOE taking over the CIMIC EU Disciplinary Leadership 21 February 2018

    CCOE taking over the CIMIC EU Disciplinary Leadership

    As NATO´s key player within the civil-military environment the CCOE had a visit by a European Union (EU) delegation to discuss the further roadmap to define the role of EU Disciplinary Leader for CIMIC. The coordination of future cooperation possibi[...]

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  • Experimentation of NATO CIMIC 21 February 2018

    Experimentation of NATO CIMIC

    CIMIC Modelling and Simulation (M&S) is currently developing the prototype of NATO Strategic Direction South wargame. As part of the testing phase, CCOE has hosted a meeting with Johns Hopkins University expert – Dr. Chad Briggs – on simulations [...]

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  • Denmark: First CIMIC Satellite Courses from CCOE in Varde 13 February 2018

    Denmark: First CIMIC Satellite Courses from CCOE in Varde

    Staff members from the CCOE conducted the first NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC) and NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC) in Denmark. The courses took place at the barracks of the Army Intelligence Center in Varde a town in the southern part [...]

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  • New York City: CCOE participating in AMSG meeting 25 January 2018

    New York City: CCOE participating in AMSG meeting

    Within the framework of the Allied Maritime Shipping Group a representative from CCOE Lessons Learned & Analysis Branch participated in a meeting with the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (The American Club)[...]

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  • NEW DUTCH LIEUTENANT COLONEL TAKES THE LEAD OF THE TRAINING & EDUCATION BRANCH 16 January 2018

    NEW DUTCH LIEUTENANT COLONEL TAKES THE LEAD OF THE TRAINING & EDUCATION BRANCH

    Some weeks ago the CCOE said farewell to Rudolph Keijzer. The Dutch Lieutenant Colonel served for three years as Chief of the Training & Education Branch (T&E). It’s now time to say welcome to Jan Brouwer, the new Dutch officer, who has just replac[...]

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  • Make Sense: Staff Member Jos Hekking in Norfolk 12 December 2017

    Make Sense: Staff Member Jos Hekking in Norfolk

    It is unique for a NATO Centre of Excellence to have a full staff member abroad in the United States. The Allied Command Transformation (ACT) located in Norfolk/ Virginia promotes and leads many initiatives designed to transform NATO’s military st[...]

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  • JALLC collaborates with NATO Centre of Excellence for Civil-Military Cooperation 04 December 2017

    JALLC collaborates with NATO Centre of Excellence for Civil-Military Cooperation

    The Deputy Director of the Civil−Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) Colonel Johan Wagner visited the JALLC on 15 November for a very fruitful discussion on how the two organizations could usefully work together. In particular, Colone[...]

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  • Sharing knowledge and experience 30 November 2017

    Sharing knowledge and experience

    Sharing knowledge and experience through participation and visualization during the United Nations Civil-Military Coordination live eCourse (UN-CMCoord live eCourse). 16 participants from Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sudan [...]

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  • CCOE and Academia: Common Goals – Common Projects – Common Solutions 22 November 2017

    CCOE and Academia: Common Goals – Common Projects – Common Solutions

    Since February 2017 a closer cooperation between the CCOE and the Technical University in Delft is ongoing. The common aims are the recognition of complex problems and innovative approaches for their solutions.The university´s Department of Technolo[...]

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  • Mission abroad 2017: CCOE providing external NATO CIMIC-courses 26 October 2017

    Mission abroad 2017: CCOE providing external NATO CIMIC-courses

    Picture: The participants of the NATO CIMIC Integrated Functional Specialist Course Maribor, Slovenia 2017 What is CCOE’s Training and Education (T&E) branch doing when there is no course in The Hague? Right, they are conducting courses abroad. So[...]

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  • Rob Nickolson – Beeing a Syndicate Coach at the CCOE CIMIC Liaison Course 16 October 2017

    Rob Nickolson – Beeing a Syndicate Coach at the CCOE CIMIC Liaison Course

    This was my 2nd time acting as a Syndicate Coach during the CCOE’s NATO CIMIC Liaison Course. Having previously served at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS) at Fort Bragg/ US as the First Sergeant[...]

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  • CIMIC COE 10th Anniversary Celebration – 2017 CIMIC Awards of Excellence bestowed 11 October 2017

    CIMIC COE 10th Anniversary Celebration – 2017 CIMIC Awards of Excellence bestowed

    Marking the 10th Anniversary of its full accreditation by NATO, the CIMIC Centre of Excellence celebrated its first decade of operations and bestowed the 2017 CIMIC Award of Excellence on October 10th at its headquarters in The Hague. H.E. the Pres[...]

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  • CCOE Lessons Learned and Analysis: Workshops on Federated Mission Networking 04 October 2017

    CCOE Lessons Learned and Analysis: Workshops on Federated Mission Networking

    The CCOE in The Hague hosted an workshop on the topic of Federated Mission Networking (FMN). Mission Partner Environment (MPE)/ Civilian Military (FMCM) and Information Sharing were also mentioned and looked at during the intense talks and construc[...]

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  • FRONTEX providing keynote speaker to CCOEs 10th Anniversary 23 August 2017

    FRONTEX providing keynote speaker to CCOEs 10th Anniversary

    Inmaculada Arnáez, Fundamental Rights Officer coming to The Hague CIMIC COE Director Colonel Wolfgang Paulik is proud to announce another key addition to the All-Star cast of honorees and speakers at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the CIMIC C[...]

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  • Being an intern at the CIMIC COE? 16 August 2017

    Being an intern at the CIMIC COE?

    Looking back at my time at the CCOE: experience and network By Monica De Astis If you are considering to apply for an internship in some international organizations in The Hague, do not forget to add the CCOE on your check-list! For those who do not [...]

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  • Supreme Allied Commander Transformation visits ccoe 03 August 2017

    Supreme Allied Commander Transformation visits ccoe

    On July 27th, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier, visited the CCOE in The Hague. During his tour of several military Institutions in Europe, he was also introduced to the CCOEs actual scope and future CIMIC[...]

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  • Destination Lebanon 18 July 2017

    Destination Lebanon

    During the week from July 3rd through 7th, the CCOE supported the CIMIC Directorate of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) by teaching a CIMIC course and conducting a Training Requirement Analysis onsite. Seventeen students from the LAF CIMIC Directorat[...]

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  • Benefitting from the CCOE’s NATO CIMIC Field and Staff Worker Course 10 July 2017

    Benefitting from the CCOE’s NATO CIMIC Field and Staff Worker Course

    “Sometimes, the soldiers are more civilian than us!” The second NATO CIMIC Field and Staff Worker Courses of 2017 ended last week. For two weeks during the Dutch summer, military and civilian students from nine different nations, together wit[...]

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  • CCOE Academic Outreach to Slovenia 21 June 2017

    CCOE Academic Outreach to Slovenia

    It is one of the stated goals of the CIMIC Centre of Excellence to establish academic relationships with Dutch, as well as international universities. In this context, CCOE was visited by Dr. Iztok Prezelj, Associate Professor at the University of [...]

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  • The President of the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović 31 May 2017

    The President of the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

    The President of the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, to accept the inaugural 2017 CIMIC Award of Excellence at the 10th Anniversary of the NATO CIMIC Centre of Excellence, October 10th, 2017, in The Hague, Netherlands. “It is [...]

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  • Riga calling the CMI Community 22 May 2017

    Riga calling the CMI Community

    Panel discussion at the COI conference Riga 2017, panelists from left, Janis Sarts (DIR StratCom COE), Jānis Karlsbergs (Undersecretary of State MOD Latvia), COL Wolfgang Paulik (DIR CCOE), Michael C. Ryan (DIR U.S. European Command J9). Hybrid conf[...]

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  • Interview with Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen 16 May 2017

    Interview with Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen

    Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen, the President of the cultural heritage protection organization Blue Shield International, will be a key note speaker at the 10th Anniversary of the CCOE on October 10th this year. Here are some key excerpts from his ex[...]

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  • Improving CIMIC and CMI Information Management 04 May 2017

    Improving CIMIC and CMI Information Management

    Following the 2016 Civil-Military Interaction (CMI) workshop report, the Allied Command Operations (ACO) Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe J9 established a working group with the task to collect and prioritize ACO CIMIC and CMI requirements f[...]

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  • RIGA 2017: CIMIC & CMI ANNUAL DISCIPLINE CONFERENCE 03 May 2017

    RIGA 2017: CIMIC & CMI ANNUAL DISCIPLINE CONFERENCE

    Over 50 representatives of the CIMIC & CMI community from across the NATO alliance will gather in Riga, Latvia, from May 15th through 16th, for the 2017 NATO CIMIC Annual Discipline Conference (ADC). Organised by the CCOE and hosted annually by chan[...]

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  • Protection of Civilians 19 April 2017

    Protection of Civilians

    Experiment Main Planning Conference at CCOE The Protection of Civilians frames one of the two cornerstones of the upcoming 10th Anniversary event of the CCOE on October 10th this year. As much as this goal is one of the guidelines determining the[...]

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  • Welcome “Paddy”: US Civil Affairs at the CCOE 05 April 2017

    Welcome “Paddy”: US Civil Affairs at the CCOE

    Mr. Patrick “Paddy” Considine (34, USA) began his CCOE internship at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) Branch in March 2017. There he will be supporting the syndicate Development and Planning of the Community of Interest (COI[...]

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  • Using natural power and endurance: CIMIC-dog training at the CCOE 01 April 2017

    Using natural power and endurance: CIMIC-dog training at the CCOE

    Picture: CIMIC-dog ready for duty / Source CCOE/ Noel Werres The Hague 1st April 2017 In many military actions and missions dogs are fulfilling a trustful and very important job. They work as protection dogs, they are searching for explosive devices[...]

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  • Summa cum laude for CCOE intern on his Master Thesis 27 March 2017

    Summa cum laude for CCOE intern on his Master Thesis

    Loris Leiva, currently an intern in the Support Branch, just completed his Master’s degree at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, his alma mater in Switzerland. He wrote his thesis on the side of his internship at the CCOE. His topic: [...]

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  • Hard work: The book finally taking shape 23 March 2017

    Hard work: The book finally taking shape

    It is one of the first warm days in The Hague. Yet a team of the two responsible editors, different CIMIC experts and graduate students from Leiden University shun sun and daylight to keep one of the most ambitious projects of the CCOE on track. Th[...]

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  • In the West, the North-East or the South – this is CIMIC in 360 degrees 21 March 2017

    In the West, the North-East or the South – this is CIMIC in 360 degrees

    Q: “How was the NATO Multi-National CIMIC Group established?” A: “Everything started in the late Nineties, when NATO urged nations to establish CIMIC units. Italy established its own one and then other Nations joined: this formed the basis for[...]

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  • Lithuania: Welcome to my country! 16 March 2017

    Lithuania: Welcome to my country!

    In late 2016, a ranking delegation from the CCOE visited Lithuania and the other Baltic republics, to advance the Baltic NATO CIMIC Initiative. This spring, it is the Lithuanian Army Joint HQ Head of CIMIC Department, who visits The Hague. While par[...]

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  • Linking up with the Blue Shield 08 March 2017

    Linking up with the Blue Shield

    Picture: Blue Shield on a building in The Hague, NLD / Source: CCOE/ A. Werres On March 03, Director Wolfgang Paulik presented the CCOE at the ‘Blue Helmet – Blue Shield Forum 2017’ on “Best Practice on Peace Keeping and Cultural Property Pro[...]

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  • CCOE 10th Anniversary October 10th, 2017 02 March 2017

    CCOE 10th Anniversary October 10th, 2017

    With the motto “From the Protection of Culture to the Protection of Civilians”, the CIMIC Centre of Excellence will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on October 10th, at its premises at Brasserskade in The Hague. The date highlights the initial fu[...]

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  • Red Cross trains aspiring lawyers at CCOE 01 March 2017

    Red Cross trains aspiring lawyers at CCOE

    With the CCOE training experienced civilian and military experts in the due application of humanitarian standards in complex crisis situation, the Red Cross is taking similar approach with aspiring, future lawyers. For the tenth year already, the Net[...]

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  • New Danish Lieutenant Colonel takes the lead of the Lessons Learned Branch 28 February 2017

    New Danish Lieutenant Colonel takes the lead of the Lessons Learned Branch

    Some weeks ago the CCOE bid farewell to Lars Cramer-Larsen. The Danish Lieutenant Colonel served for two years as Chief of the Lessons Learned & Development Branch (LL/Dev). It’s now time to say welcome to John Varmark Jakobsen, the new Danish offi[...]

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  • The Master of CMI: a Career Catalyst 22 February 2017

    The Master of CMI: a Career Catalyst

    The Master of Civil-Military Interaction (CMI), offered jointly by the CCOE and the Helmut-Schmidt University, has been conceived with the idea to provide for both a scientific foundation for the application of Civil-Military Cooperation, as well as [...]

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  • Prospects for a J 11 Function in NATO? 17 February 2017

    Prospects for a J 11 Function in NATO?

    There might well be yet another NATO staff function in the works. And it does have the potential to shape operational and strategic decision
    making in the future.
    Following the establishment of J 9 (CIMIC) in the 1990s, which introduced the humanita[...]

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  • Two new interns arrived at the CCOE 15 February 2017

    Two new interns arrived at the CCOE

    Ms. Lala Mustafazade (29, Baku, Azerbaijan) began her CCOE internship at the Concepts, Inter-Operability and Capability (CIC) Branch in February 2017. She will research the role, the responsibilities and the challenges faced by NATO CIMIC in respons[...]

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  • Deepening the academic outreach 09 February 2017

    Deepening the academic outreach

    In a further extension of academic partnerships already existing with the Helmut-Schmidt University in Hamburg and the Jagiellionen University in Krakow, the CCOE just signed a strategic agreement with the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft)[...]

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  • CIMIC in 360 degrees at the Atlantic 07 February 2017

    CIMIC in 360 degrees at the Atlantic

    Civil-Military Cooperation may come in many different forms, depending on a global region and its particular geographic and demographic challenges. This became again very evident, when CCOE Deputy Director Colonel Johan Wagner gave a presentation on [...]

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  • New Regional Hub Concept to leverage CIMIC excellence 26 January 2017

    New Regional Hub Concept to leverage CIMIC excellence

    On January 17-19th , Director Wolfgang Paulik visited the General Staff, the Joint Force Command, the NFIU in Hungary and the National University of Public Service in Hungary to present the CCOEs Regional Hub concept. Commencing with the Sponsoring [...]

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  • From the High Mountains to the Seashore 18 January 2017

    From the High Mountains to the Seashore

    With seaside temperatures closing in on the high mountain climate at this time of the year, a four person delegation from the Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE) from Poljce, Slovenia, is currently visiting the CCOE. As a recent addition t[...]

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  • A new CCOE Events Calendar 12 December 2016

    A new CCOE Events Calendar

    picture1The CCOE has published a new Events Calendar. The latest “Events Calendar” for the period January – March 2017 is available.
    It includes the upcoming CCOE- and external events as well as the upcoming courses. You can find the Events[...]

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  • Brigadier General Pavel Adam visited the CCOE 01 December 2016

    Brigadier General Pavel Adam visited the CCOE

    Picture: Brigadier General Pavel Adam, the Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) J 9 at the Headquarter Allied Joint Forces Command Brunssum (JFCBS) is welcomed by Director Wolfgang Paulik at the CCOE. / Source: CCOE/ Herter During his inaugural visit to t[...]

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  • Taking “Domestic CIMIC” South 22 November 2016

    Taking “Domestic CIMIC” South

    Following the initial steps of the Baltic NATO CIMIC Initiative in the North-East, the CCOE is now also extending its focus to the South-Eastern regions of the Atlantic Alliance. In order to better acquaint himself with all the regional environment o[...]

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  • A new Annual Course Calendar for 2017 16 November 2016

    A new Annual Course Calendar for 2017

    The CCOE has published a new Annual Course Calendar for 2017. The calendar includes all courses for the upcoming year. We would like to inform you that we adjusted the name and the objectives of the formerly known UN-SHARED Course (Supporting Humanit[...]

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  • Initial Review of NATO CIMIC Doctrine underway 15 November 2016

    Initial Review of NATO CIMIC Doctrine underway

    A new security environment is calling for the review of the NATO CIMIC Doctrine. From today on, the CCOE will be hosting the first “Writing Team Meeting” to initiate the process of reviewing the NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Doctrine (the new A[...]

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  • Passing the Chair – CCOE CC Meeting 11 November 2016

    Passing the Chair – CCOE CC Meeting

    LT / COL Wrobel, POL assumes chairmanship of the CCOE Coordinating Committee from COL Groeneveld, NLD. During the two-day meeting, the Sponsoring Nations approved the full operationalization of the CCOE’s Vision 2020 for 2017. The presented concept[...]

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  • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and its achievements 11 November 2016

    The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and its achievements

    Picture: The ICTY in The Hague, NLD Source: Monica de Astis The CCOE visits the ICTY, shortly before the end of its mandate. Staff members of the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) and students of the NATO CIMIC Functional Specia[...]

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  • Transatlantic NATO Partner Cooperation. 07 November 2016

    Transatlantic NATO Partner Cooperation.

    The mutual exchange of instructors in support of CIMIC courses has already been established for a long time, from which students on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have greatly benefited. In some areas globalisation is being perceived as a threat, p[...]

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  • Supporting CIMIC training in Ukraine 31 October 2016

    Supporting CIMIC training in Ukraine

    Picture: Group photo / Source: cimic.com.ua Read the article on: cimic.com.ua

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  • CIMIC in Collective Defense presented in Poland 28 October 2016

    CIMIC in Collective Defense presented in Poland

    Picture: Seminar CIMIC Perspective / Source: Multi-National Corps North-East Lars Cramer-Larsen, CCOE branch chief for Lessons Learned, recently presented perspectives on NATO CIMIC in collective defense at the Multi-National Corps North-East (MNC NE[...]

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  • Baltic NATO CIMIC Initiative – Reviewed 24 October 2016

    Baltic NATO CIMIC Initiative – Reviewed

    The Baltic NATO CIMIC Initiative 2016 had been conceived in the aftermath of the Warsaw Summit 2016, and has been strongly endorsed by NATO and the Sponsoring Nations of the CCOE. On the conclusion of the initial part of this Baltic NATO CIMIC Init[...]

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  • Training on Security Sector Reform at the CCOE 24 October 2016

    Training on Security Sector Reform at the CCOE

    Picture: Group photo Source: CCOE/ Herter From October 17th – 21st, 2016, the CCOE played home to an advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR). Hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union, this weeklong intensive[...]

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  • Milan University: Expanded Internship Harvest for CCOE 21 October 2016

    Milan University: Expanded Internship Harvest for CCOE

    Ms. Giorgia Grechi (23, Italy) launched her CCOE internship within the Lessons Learned and Development Branch (LL/Dev) in October 2016. Her main tasks will be the preparation, execution and evaluation of the Lessons Learned workshop for tactical CIMI[...]

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  • The Stalwart of Instructors leaving the House 05 October 2016

    The Stalwart of Instructors leaving the House

    Picture: Ralf Baur Source: CCOE/ Dube Following a six year stint at the CCOE, Captain Ralf Baur has left The Hague to assume his new position as Liaison and Exchange Officer at the 1. CMI Command in Appeldorn. Acclaimed by hundreds of students during[...]

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  • Cyber-Wizards at the CCOE 22 September 2016

    Cyber-Wizards at the CCOE

    Picture: Cyber and Technology/Source: pixabay.com tim-schleimer_michael-rhein_2500pxl Lance Corporal Michael Rein (left) and Captain Tim Schleimer (right) Going up against a Warcraft-3 World Champion, or completing a Masters’ with a 1.7 mark in Mat[...]

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  • Towards to new horizons – 3. CIMIC Messenger of 2016 19 September 2016

    Towards to new horizons – 3. CIMIC Messenger of 2016

    picture1On September 27th, 2016 the third CIMIC Messenger has been issued. Several times per year, the CIMIC Messenger will inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners, as well as the interested public, about both relevant and current issues [...]

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  • CIMIC Unit Commanders Conference 19 September 2016

    CIMIC Unit Commanders Conference

    DIR CIMIC COE Col (GS) Wolfgang Paulik From 12-14 September the Director of the CCOE Colonel Wolfgang Paulik and Branch Chief Lessons Learned & Development LTC Lars Cramer-Larsen represented the CCOE at the 9th CIMIC Unit Commanders Conference (CUC[...]

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  • Rocks, pebbles and sand – or what is really important 09 September 2016

    Rocks, pebbles and sand – or what is really important

    Picture: “Muster Kiesel”/ Source: commons.wikimedia.org The world is changing constantly and almost in a breathtaking tempo. Not only civil companies have to adjust their strategies and planning processes to the continual changing world. Even for[...]

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  • Colonel Johan Wagner (NLD A) joins CCOE as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff. 30 August 2016

    Colonel Johan Wagner (NLD A) joins CCOE as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff.

    On August 29th, Colonel Wagner, 51, was introduced at the CIMIC Centre of Excellence in The Hague. Following a distinguished Military career, which originated as an Engineering officer, and further key career steps as a field officer in Seedorf, (DEU[...]

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  • Start of the enrollment process for the Master of Arts degree: “Civil-Military Interaction”. 30 August 2016

    Start of the enrollment process for the Master of Arts degree: “Civil-Military Interaction”.

    The CCOE proudly announces the start of the enrollment process for the Master of Arts degree: “Civil-Military Interaction”. The degree is a joint venture by the Helmut-Schmidt-University, University of the German Armed Forces, in Hamburg and the [...]

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  • Major Laine den Hollander awarded German Cross of Honour 23 August 2016

    Major Laine den Hollander awarded German Cross of Honour

    Picture: DIR CCOE Colonel Wolfgang Paulik, Major Laine den Hollander and his wife Gail
    Source: CCOE/ Dube Due recognition for faithful service in and exemplary military duty.Laine den HollanderEhrenkreuz der Bundeswehr_14 This is what our former “M[...]

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  • Charming batch of summer interns at the CCOE 12 August 2016

    Charming batch of summer interns at the CCOE

    Picture from left to right: Lt. Stephan Lehnert, Aspirant Florence B., Lieutenant Hendric Petersohn Throughout the year, the CCOE accepts qualified advanced military and civilian academic students as interns in The Hague. During their internships, st[...]

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  • Accredited – Master of Arts Civil-Military Interaction 04 July 2016

    Accredited – Master of Arts Civil-Military Interaction

    Last June week 2016, the Master of Civil-Military Interaction (M-CMI) was formally endorsed by the accreditation commission ACQUIN (Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute). Herewith the CCOE has been granted the highest qualit[...]

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  • The Command of the CCoE has changed: Colonel Paulik is back as the new Director 01 July 2016

    The Command of the CCoE has changed: Colonel Paulik is back as the new Director

    Distinguished military and civilian guests attended the Official Ceremony at the CCOE “Dear Colonel Wolfgang Paulik, today I am proudly handing over to you an organization and its multinational staff which is up to speed and up to the CIMIC challen[...]

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  • The CCOE changes its commander: Germany takes the lead 29 June 2016

    The CCOE changes its commander: Germany takes the lead

    The commandership of Colonel Roel Been (NLD) at the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence has come to an end. On Thursday 30 June 2016, Colonel Been will handover his responsibility to Colonel Wolfgang Paulik (GER). Previously Chief of[...]

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  • International media price for CCOE Introduction Video 26 June 2016

    International media price for CCOE Introduction Video

    Picture: Jan Suiskens, Creative Director Corporate Trailer (left) and Tilman Engel Public Affairs Officer CCOE
    Source: CCOE/ Monica de Astis At the prestigious World Media Festival in Hamburg 2016, the ccoe-introduction-video-screenCCOE Introductio[...]

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  • VIVA LA POLOGNE! (Long live Poland) 23 June 2016

    VIVA LA POLOGNE! (Long live Poland)

    Picture: Panel Discussion between students and UNHCR, The Polish Red Cross and Polish Aid Organisation PCMC/ Source: CCOE/ Lavalette Camp White Eagle located at the Multinational Training Centre for Foreign Operations (MTCFO) in Kielce Poland provid[...]

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  • Learning from each other – 2nd CIMIC Messenger in 2016 20 June 2016

    Learning from each other – 2nd CIMIC Messenger in 2016

    Picture1On June 18th 2016 the second CIMIC Messenger has been issued. Several times per year, the CIMIC Messenger will inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners, as well as the interested public, about both relevant and current issues pertain[...]

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  • Special Ops meet CIMIC 16 June 2016

    Special Ops meet CIMIC

    Picture: Graham Townsend during his speech/ Source: CCOE/Dube On June 16th, sixteen participants of the Special Operation Forces (SOF) Leadership Course “Catalyst for Change”, representing thirteen countries, met with the CCOE to share their expe[...]

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  • Great Success, Excellent host and outstanding achievements Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) 2016 09 June 2016

    Great Success, Excellent host and outstanding achievements Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) 2016

    The NATO CIMIC/CMI Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) 2016 took place in Vienna, Austria 17-19 May 2016. The audience existed of more than 50 representatives from the NATO Command Structure, multinational Headquarters, CCOE Sponsoring Nations, NATO N[...]

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  • CCOE at World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 01 June 2016

    CCOE at World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey

    Picture: Cultural presentation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Turkish president Recep Erdogan as part of the closing ceremony / Source: CCOE/ Kerkkamp-de Rijcke This summit was intended as a call to action by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Mo[...]

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  • Welcome in Vienna – Annual Discipline Conference 2016 started 18 May 2016

    Welcome in Vienna – Annual Discipline Conference 2016 started

    Picture: The UN headquarters at Vienna, Austria, part of the Vienna International Centre / Source: wikipedia.org The NATO CIMIC & CMI Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) 2016 is hosted by Austria and was opened in Vienna today. For the upcoming tw[...]

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  • The Chairman for all the CoEs is about to change 11 May 2016

    The Chairman for all the CoEs is about to change

    Picture: (from left) Colonel Roel Been, General Denis Mercier, Colonel Gintaras Bagdonas, Admiral Manfred Nielson Colonel Roel Been, the current COE spokesperson and Director of the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) and Colonel G[...]

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  • The Turkish Air War College recently hosted in Brasserskade 29 April 2016

    The Turkish Air War College recently hosted in Brasserskade

    From Turkey to The Netherlands to visit the CCOE The CCOE has been recently visited by the Turkish Air War College. On April 28, a delegation of about 60 militaries came to The Hague to spend one day at the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excell[...]

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  • Coming soon: CIMIC & CMI Annual Discipline Conference 2016 18 April 2016

    Coming soon: CIMIC & CMI Annual Discipline Conference 2016

    From 17 to 19 May 2016, the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence will host the CIMIC & CMI Annual Discipline Conference 2016, in Vienna. The Conference has three main purposes. First, to update the participants on the global programming [...]

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  • A high-level seminar on the Middle East post-conflict strategy hosted at CCOE 15 April 2016

    A high-level seminar on the Middle East post-conflict strategy hosted at CCOE

    The CIMIC Community of Interest is getting ready «To be ready when the call comes. Are we ready?». With this provocation, the director of the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence, Colonel Roel Been, opened the CIMIC Community of Interest[...]

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  • “To be ready, when the call comes” – CCOE Director’s welcome adress 11 April 2016

    “To be ready, when the call comes” – CCOE Director’s welcome adress

    Director’s speech – Community of Interest Seminar 2016 “To be ready, when the call comes.” Welcome address: Dear guests – we are delighted to have you here to participate in the 2016 COI Seminar at the CIMIC Centre of Excellence in The Hag[...]

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  • Updating the CIMIC Library – 1st CIMIC Messenger in 2016 30 March 2016

    Updating the CIMIC Library – 1st CIMIC Messenger in 2016

    messenger BildOn March 30th 2016 the first CIMIC Messenger for 2016 has been issued. Several times per year, the CIMIC Messenger will inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners, as well as the interested public, about both relevant and current[...]

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  • It’s time for Social Media Training at CCOE 22 March 2016

    It’s time for Social Media Training at CCOE

    Picture: David Bailey in full activity/ Source: CCOE/ Kaminski Spring 2016 has started with a special training at CIMIC COE. On 21 March, militaries and civilians working at the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence in The Hague spent a day[...]

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  • Different Missions but one team 17 March 2016

    Different Missions but one team

    Visit of 361st Civil Affairs Brigade Commander On 17 March 2016 Colonel Miguel A. Castellanos (US) visited the CCOE in The Hague. He is the Commander of 361st Civil Affairs Brigade in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He was accompanied by Major Kelly Paj[...]

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  • Strengthening CCOE staff – academic interns 16 March 2016

    Strengthening CCOE staff – academic interns

    In March 2016 two new interns, Ms Monica de Astis (ITA) and Mr. Enzo Sebastian Aguilera (GER) joined the CCOE. The CCOE Internship Programme is part of our effort to seek academic innovation by improving its approach to civil academia and increasing [...]

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  • NATO CIMIC FIELD AND STAFF WORKER COURSES 2016-01 AT THE CCOE 11 March 2016

    NATO CIMIC FIELD AND STAFF WORKER COURSES 2016-01 AT THE CCOE

    On Monday 15 February 2016 the NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC) and NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC) started at the CCOE in The Hague. The courses were opened by the Director CCOE Colonel Roel Been and the Course Director Captain Vera Bek[...]

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  • New Version of CIMIC Field Handbook 10 March 2016

    New Version of CIMIC Field Handbook

    The CCOE proudly presents the new version of thePicture1 CIMIC Field Handbook (CFHB), this version is also available in an eBook format. The aim of the Field Handbook is to provide a tactical reference, and an operational command level insight. No m[...]

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  • A new CCOE Events Calendar 07 March 2016

    A new CCOE Events Calendar

    Picture1The CCOE has published a new Events Calendar. The latest “Events Calendar” for the period April – June 2016 is available.
    It includes the upcoming CCOE- and external events as well as the upcoming courses.

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  • CMI Workshop report – recommendations for NATO’s operational Headquarters 02 March 2016

    CMI Workshop report – recommendations for NATO’s operational Headquarters

    Picture: Colonel Roel Been (left) handing over CCOE token of appreciation to Rear-Admiral Dennis Bigot (right)/ Source: CCOE/ Warstat On Tuesday, 23 February 2016 the Director CCOE and Major Joerg Warstat as project responsible handed over the CMI-Wo[...]

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  • Designing new CIMIC training opportunities 25 February 2016

    Designing new CIMIC training opportunities

    Picture: Captain Ralf Baur (standing) adressing the particpants of the workshop/ Source: CCOE/ Dube Moving forward could have been the motto applied for the workshop just recently hosted by the CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) in The Hague, The Neth[...]

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  • Next step towards the Master of Civil-Military Interaction 18 February 2016

    Next step towards the Master of Civil-Military Interaction

    Main effort of the CCOE this week was the accreditation hearing on the Master of Civil-Military Interaction (M-CMI) at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg. A strong CCOE delegation consisting of the Director, Colonel Roel Been, Branch Head Train[...]

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  • Cultural Property Protection 12 February 2016

    Cultural Property Protection

    UNESCO Chairman receives new CCOE Makes Sense publication Picture: Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Eckel (right) handing over CCOE token of appreciation to Professor Peter Stone (left)/ Source: CCOE/ van Koeveringe On Thursday the 4th of February 2016, [...]

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  • CCOE at UN-CMCoord in Geneva 05 February 2016

    CCOE at UN-CMCoord in Geneva

    This February 3rd to 4th, the CCOE had been invited to introduce its recent successes and projects the annual UN Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week in Geneva. Pursuant to introductory remarks by the Assistant UN Secretary-General for Humanit[...]

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  • Improving teaching & coaching skills 28 January 2016

    Improving teaching & coaching skills

    “Anyone who stops improving has stopped being good!” (Robert Bosch) We at the CCOE are proud that our courses are rated high in the course evaluations. Satisfied students make us satisfied too. The skills of the instructors have a big impact on [...]

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  • Visit of Finnish Defence Force International Centre 21 January 2016

    Visit of Finnish Defence Force International Centre

    The recently appointed Commander of the Finnish Defence Force International Centre – FINCENT Jukka-Pekka Schroderus, visited the CCOE on January 20th. FINCENT, known until 2001 as the UN Training Centre, was founded in 1969 as the first peacekeepin[...]

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  • High American award for CCOE staff member 12 January 2016

    High American award for CCOE staff member

    CCOE’s branch Chief Training and Education, Lieutenant Colonel Rudolf Keijzer, Royal Netherland Marine Corps, received the US Meritorious Service Medal. This award was handed out by the US Ambassador Timothy Boas at the US Embassy in The Hague on D[...]

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  • Sharing Knowledge – Surveys & Conferences – 4th CIMIC Messenger in 2015 17 December 2015

    Sharing Knowledge – Surveys & Conferences – 4th CIMIC Messenger in 2015

    On December 17th 2015 the fourth CIMIC Messenger has been issued.  Picture CIMIC Messenger 04-2015 Several times per year, the CIMIC Messenger will inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners, as well as the interested public, about both relev[...]

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  • First Civil-Military-Police coordination – Conference at the CCOE 15 December 2015

    First Civil-Military-Police coordination – Conference at the CCOE

    Picture: Conference picture/ Source: CCOE/ Dube From 09 to 11 December 2015 the CCOE hosted the ‘Preparing a New Generation of Civil-Military-Police Coordination for Human Security” conference. Over 70 participants, military and civilian, from 3[...]

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  • Centers of Excellence relevance for NATO 10 December 2015

    Centers of Excellence relevance for NATO

    Picture: Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier and CCOE Director Colonel Roel Been/ Source: CCOE/ Stiegler Centers of Excellence (COEs) have a high collective potential for NATO’s evolution. Although being outside [...]

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  • A big step forward – USA joining the CCOE 09 December 2015

    A big step forward – USA joining the CCOE

    Picture: CCOE Director Colonel Roel Been and Major General Daniel R. Ammerman/ Source: CCOE/ Stiegler On Monday the 7th of December 2015 a small delegation from the CCOE was invited to meet together with Major General Daniel R. Ammerman, Colonel (Re[...]

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  • Ukrainian CIMIC – Quo Vadis? 02 December 2015

    Ukrainian CIMIC – Quo Vadis?

    Ukrainian armed forces are developing CIMIC capacities to face current challenges in Eastern Ukraine. The CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) just recently supported the Civil-Military Mobile Training Team (MTT) lead by Joint Force Command Brunnsum (JF[...]

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  • Digital Library – an easy way to find CIMIC and CMI documents 25 November 2015

    Digital Library – an easy way to find CIMIC and CMI documents

    The CCOE introduces a Digital Library. Here you can find available public information on Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) and Civil-Military Interaction (CMI). Items can be found through Search, Tags or Categories. The Digital Library is the produc[...]

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  • “HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT?” – SHAPING FUTURE CIVIL-MILITARY INTERACTION 24 November 2015

    “HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT?” – SHAPING FUTURE CIVIL-MILITARY INTERACTION

    In order to achieve a broad consensus on how to operationalize the Military Committee (MC) Policy on CIMIC and CMI, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and the CCOE are conducting the Civil-Military Interaction (CMI) workshop at The[...]

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  • The Trident Juncture 15 Live Exercise – a prove for the value of Multinational CIMIC 30 October 2015

    The Trident Juncture 15 Live Exercise – a prove for the value of Multinational CIMIC

    Picture: CIMIC Centre scenario/ Source: CCOE/ Kaminski A Polish, Bulgarian and a Spanish officer are meeting with the owner of the biggest local newspaper for negotiations in San Gregorio training area (Spain). Another person dressed similar to the n[...]

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  • CCOE goes Academia – 3rd CIMIC Messenger in 2015 21 October 2015

    CCOE goes Academia – 3rd CIMIC Messenger in 2015

    CIMIC Messenger 2015-03_CCOE goes Academia On October 21st 2015 the third CIMIC Messenger has been issued.  Several times per year, the CIMIC Messenger will inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners, as well as the interested public, about[...]

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  • Federated and growing in (men) power – NATO Centres of Excellence 12 October 2015

    Federated and growing in (men) power – NATO Centres of Excellence

    Picture: Conference Room/ Source: CCOE/ Kaminski 24 NATO Centre of Excellence (COE) Directors and about 20 NATO representatives met for a conference from 05 to 08 October 2015 in The Hague. The 2015 COE Directors Conference has been hosted by the Civ[...]

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  • NATO CIMIC Courses running at the German CIMIC Competence Centre 07 October 2015

    NATO CIMIC Courses running at the German CIMIC Competence Centre

    On Monday 5 October 2015 the NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC) and NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC) started at the German CIMIC Competence Centre (CCC) in Nienburg, Germany. The courses were opened by the German Course Director. The cours[...]

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  • Identifying CIMIC & CMI training gaps – The Training Requirement Analysis Workshop 01 October 2015

    Identifying CIMIC & CMI training gaps – The Training Requirement Analysis Workshop

    From 29 September to 01 October 2015 several experts from different NATO command levels met for a workshop at CCOE in The Hague. The conducted Training Requirement Analysis (TRA) Workshop (WS) is an integral part of NATO Global Programming and is the[...]

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  • Enhancing interaction with SWEDINT 25 September 2015

    Enhancing interaction with SWEDINT

    Colonel Peter Fredriksson, Commander of SWEDINT, visited the CCOE from 24 to 25 September 2015 in The Hague. Intent of the visit was to discuss opportunities for strengthening the cooperation between SWEDINT and CCOE. Colonel Fredriksson was accompa[...]

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  • Meeting the new Commander of the Multinational Cimic Group 23 September 2015

    Meeting the new Commander of the Multinational Cimic Group

    CCOE Director Colonel Roel Been and Colonel Liberato Amadio met for the first time in Poljce Slovenia. Col Liberato Amadio recently became the new commander of the Multinational Cimic Group (MNCG) in Motta di Livenza, Italy. Both colonels expressed [...]

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  • CIMIC Commanders Round Table 07 September 2015

    CIMIC Commanders Round Table

    (Left to right: LTC J. van Esch (Commander CMI Command), COL K. Waage (ACOS G9 1GNC), COL R. Been (DIR CCOE), COL W.F. Paulik (Commander ZMZBw), LTC A. Eckel (DDIR CCOE)) At the 18th and 19th August 2015 the leaders and branch heads of 4 Headquarters[...]

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  • Last Seats for the upcoming UN-CM Coord SHARED Course available, 05 – 08 Oct 2015 27 August 2015

    Last Seats for the upcoming UN-CM Coord SHARED Course available, 05 – 08 Oct 2015

    Hollander_Laine_den_newsThe United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) signed a Cooperation Agreement on 14 May 2014. The Agreement outlines that both p[...]

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  • UN OCHA Working and Webinar Visit 17 August 2015

    UN OCHA Working and Webinar Visit

    “I am impressed with the work and professionalism at the CCOE”, says UN OCHA’s Josef Reiterer, Chief of CMCS. In the world of Civil-Military Interaction, there is certainly no other organization like the Civil-Military Coordination Section of U[...]

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  • Career Airborne Ranger turns CIMIC at the CCOE 10 August 2015

    Career Airborne Ranger turns CIMIC at the CCOE

    Sergeant Major Dirk Beckmann (OR-9 DEU – A, 48) has joined the CCOE on August 1, 2015. Assigned to the Training & Education Branch, he will apply his significant deployment experience to current and future CIMIC Training. Entering the German Army i[...]

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  • “Readiness and the Reserves in CIMIC” Speech DIR CCOE (COL Roel Been, NLD) 06 August 2015

    “Readiness and the Reserves in CIMIC” Speech DIR CCOE (COL Roel Been, NLD)

    CIOR Symposium, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6th, 2015 Dear CIOR members, delegates, ladies and gentlemen, When I was asked to present to this special audience the opening “Readiness” address, I was thrilled beyond recognition. And I still am. Both [...]

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  • Joined public Webinar with UN OCHA on August 14th at 11:30 am CET 05 August 2015

    Joined public Webinar with UN OCHA on August 14th at 11:30 am CET

    “The future of Humanitarian Relief and the role of Civil-Military Interaction” Josef Reiterer, Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS) at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), will discu[...]

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  • Visit to the U.S. Embassy The Hague 03 August 2015

    Visit to the U.S. Embassy The Hague

    On 29 July 2015, the CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) made a visit to the United States Embassy to the Netherlands for a meet and greet with the U.S. Army attaché to the ambassador, Colonel Leo Buzzerio. Making the visit were four American cadets f[...]

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  • “Added value for the city of The Hague” 27 July 2015

    “Added value for the city of The Hague”

    “I am positively surprised of the excellent work and important role the CIMIC Centre Of Excellence (CCOE) plays in the field of Civil Military Cooperation. The open attitude in reaching out to others will be an added value to the city of The Hague [...]

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  • A new intern has arrived at the ccoe 22 July 2015

    A new intern has arrived at the ccoe

    Mr. Koen van der West (NLD) will conduct his internship at the Concept, Interoperability and Capabilities (CIC) Branch from July till October 2015. During this time he will assist in operationalizing the new NATO CIMIC-CMI doctrine (MC 411/2). More s[...]

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  • Coordinating a 36.000 participant Exercise 10 July 2015

    Coordinating a 36.000 participant Exercise

    Over 600 participants met from 06 to 10 July in Valencia (Spain) in order to coordinate NATO’s biggest exercise in the last decades called “Trident Juncture”. The Final Coordination Conference (FCC) was organized by the Spanish NATO Rapid Deplo[...]

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  • Staff Duty Change at CCOE 10 July 2015

    Staff Duty Change at CCOE

    Colonel Martin Braterschofsky, Deputy Director (DDIR) / Chief of Staff (COS) and German Senior National Representative (SNR) at the CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) requested his repatriation for personal reasons. Germany accepted his request and wi[...]

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  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the CCOE 03 July 2015

    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the CCOE

    jean-jacques On July 1, Jean-Jacques Gacond, the ICRC Delegate to NATO and Armed Forces in Europe, visited the CCOE in a regular update meeting. Both institutions continuously brief each other on relevant NATO training and doctrinal issues to develop[...]

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  • Six nations at NATO CIMIC Liaison Course 03 July 2015

    Six nations at NATO CIMIC Liaison Course

    From June 22nd till June 26th the NATO CIMIC Liaison Course (NCLC) was conducted at the CCOE, which was fully booked. The main purpose of this course is to further qualify CIMIC Operators, Officers, and NCOs, assigned as CIMIC Liaison Officers, to [...]

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  • Coming closer – EU and NATO – a comprehensive approach? 26 June 2015

    Coming closer – EU and NATO – a comprehensive approach?

    On Monday, 22 June 2015, the CCOE attended the seminar on European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Capacities in a Changing World. The seminar was organized by the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Netherlands [...]

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  • Functional Specialist – CIMIC assessment with Functional Aspects 24 June 2015

    Functional Specialist – CIMIC assessment with Functional Aspects

    This year, from June 15th to June 19th 2015, the second NATO CIMIC Functional Specialist Course took place at the CCOE. Functional specialist are experts in their civilian area of expertise. They contribute to the military decision process (DMP) pr[...]

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  • The first Master of Civil-Military Interaction 19 June 2015

    The first Master of Civil-Military Interaction

    CCOE Director Colonel Roel Been agrees on further cooperation with Prof. Dr. Wilfried Seidel, the president of the Helmut-Schmidt-University, University of the German Armed Forces, Hamburg. The CCOE and the Helmut-Schmidt-University are further foste[...]

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  • NATO CIMIC Field and Staff Workers Course in Poland 17 June 2015

    NATO CIMIC Field and Staff Workers Course in Poland

    On 15 June 2015 the NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC) and NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC) started at the Military Training Centre for Foreign Operations (MTCFO) in Kielce, Poland. The courses were opened by the Deputy Commander of MTC[...]

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  • Implementation Vision 2020 – 2nd CIMIC Messenger in 2015 15 June 2015

    Implementation Vision 2020 – 2nd CIMIC Messenger in 2015

    Messenger 2015-02On June 15th 2015 the second CIMIC Messenger has been issued.  Several times per year, the CIMIC Messenger will inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners, as well as the interested public, about both relevant and current iss[...]

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  • Director CCOE attends Military Medicine Exercise “Vigorous Warrior” 11 June 2015

    Director CCOE attends Military Medicine Exercise “Vigorous Warrior”

    The CCOE and the NATO Center of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) are strengthening their relationships learning from each other. That is why CCOE Director Colonel Roel Been pays a visit to the MILMED COE exercise “Vigorous Warrior” i[...]

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  • New team working on the CMI Survey for the MC 0411/2 update 08 June 2015

    New team working on the CMI Survey for the MC 0411/2 update

    My close working sponsor, John van Benthem, introduced me to the CCOE Concepts, Interoperability and Capabilities Branch when I arrived at the CCOE in September 2014. Together we took on the new task of operationalizing NATOs Policy MC 0411/2 which s[...]

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  • Fieldtrip to the Counter-IED Centre 03 June 2015

    Fieldtrip to the Counter-IED Centre

    Counter-IED-promotie-jpeg-2-1024x684Improvised Explosive Devices (I.E.D.’s) are leaving many wounded and dead in conflict zones. On Thursday the 28th, the JASON Institute, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands, organized a[...]

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  • Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence and The Hague Security Delta to join forces. 29 May 2015

    Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence and The Hague Security Delta to join forces.

    Deputy Mayor of the HagueCivil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) and The Hague Security Delta (HSD) to join forces. In accordance with its Vision 2020, developing the CCOE as “the preferred network campus to connect people, to shar[...]

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  • 24 international organizations signing Cooperation Statement at Common Efforts 2015 21 May 2015

    24 international organizations signing Cooperation Statement at Common Efforts 2015

    CCOE Director Colonel Roel Been participated at “Common Efforts 2015” taking place in Berlin from 18 to 22 May 2015. At this exercise, intended to build effective interaction between civil and military organizations, German Secretary of Defence, [...]

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  • Updated version of the NATO CMI/CIMIC Awareness Course (NCAC) is now online 20 May 2015

    Updated version of the NATO CMI/CIMIC Awareness Course (NCAC) is now online

    Today the updated version of the CCOE NCAC went online. This unique e-learning training course for civilian and military players in the context of Civil-Military Interaction (CMI) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) is the entry to the world of N[...]

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  • CMI/CIMIC Mission App & Database Workshop 12 May 2015

    CMI/CIMIC Mission App & Database Workshop

    The CCOE launched the start of the 4th CMI/CIMIC Mission App & Database Workshop on 12 May 2015 in The Hague. At the workshop participants from Denmark, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Slovenia will discuss the current stat[...]

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  • CIMIC Mission Application: On-site training in Poland 29 April 2015

    CIMIC Mission Application: On-site training in Poland

    CCOE’s Lessons Learned/Development branch conducted the second abroad training and evaluation of the CIMIC Mission Application (App) in KIELCE, Poland from the 21st to 22nd of April. The CCOE was invited by the Polish Ministry of Defense G9 branc[...]

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  • Intensive discussions and great interaction 15 April 2015

    Intensive discussions and great interaction

    22 students from 13 nations participate in the running NATO CIMIC Higher Command Course, held at Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence in The Hague, NLD. The number of students with a practical tactical CIMIC background, including numerous [...]

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  • Start of NATO CIMIC Courses in Italy, supported by the CCOE 14 April 2015

    Start of NATO CIMIC Courses in Italy, supported by the CCOE

    This week the NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC) and the NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC) started at the Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) in Motta di Livenza, Italy. The courses were opened by the Commander of MNCG Colonel Incisa di Camera[...]

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  • Interaction – 1st CIMIC Messenger in 2015 10 April 2015

    Interaction – 1st CIMIC Messenger in 2015

    meeeeesengerOn April 10th 2015 the first CIMIC MESSENGER has been issued. This Messenger focuses on Interaction. The CIMIC messenger role is to inform the CIMIC family and our civilian partners on relevant and current issues within the world of Civ[...]

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  • Interaction at its best 08 April 2015

    Interaction at its best

    The CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) just recently closed the latest NATO CIMIC Field Worker and NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Courses. These NATO accredited courses are designed to train CIMIC Field and Staff Workers in parallel enabling the participants[...]

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  • Gender Equality in the Military – a study visit at The CCOE 01 April 2015

    Gender Equality in the Military – a study visit at The CCOE

    Gender is a cross cutting issue. CCOE acknowledges the importance of implementing a gender perspective in military operations. Implementing gender also contributes to operational effectiveness. CCOE has integrated gender in its courses, published a M[...]

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  • Tailor made – CIMIC Seminar for EU Battle Group 22 March 2015

    Tailor made – CIMIC Seminar for EU Battle Group

    13 attendees from Poland, Sweden and Hungary took the opportunity to join a tailor made CIMIC Planner Seminar (CPS) held in Budapest, Hungary from 13th till 15th of May 2015. The seminar was initiated by Hungary on the occasion of the Visegrád 4 ([...]

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  • CCOE host the Frits van Kalshoven IHL Competition 25 February 2015

    CCOE host the Frits van Kalshoven IHL Competition

    The CCOE hosted the Frits van Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition on 25 February 2015. The unique competition on IHL, organized by the Netherlands Red Cross and the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, gives the opportunity to students to ...]

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  • FIRST NATO CIMIC LIAISON COURSE IN 2015 24 February 2015

    FIRST NATO CIMIC LIAISON COURSE IN 2015

    17 students are participating in the Liaison Course which is currently held at CCOE. The one week course started on Monday 23rd of February. Students from BEL, CZE, DEU, ESP, FRA, NLD, POL and SVN are participating. Syndicate Coaches from BEL, SVN a[...]

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  • Functional Specialist – understanding implications of CIMIC work 18 February 2015

    Functional Specialist – understanding implications of CIMIC work

    From 09th until 13th February the first NATO CIMIC Functional Specialist Course in 2015 was carried out at the CCOE. 19 Students have participated. They came from The Netherlands and Austria. The majority of participants were Reserve officers from [...]

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  • First NATO CIMIC Functional Specialist Course in 2015 11 February 2015

    First NATO CIMIC Functional Specialist Course in 2015

    19 students are participating in the Functional Specialist Course which is running at the moment at CCOE. The one week course started on Monday 9th of February. Especially the Dutch 1 Civil Military Interaction Command stationed at Apeldoorn is us[...]

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  • “Connect. Share. Contribute.” First CCOE Community of Interest Workshop in The Hague 09 February 2015

    “Connect. Share. Contribute.” First CCOE Community of Interest Workshop in The Hague

    The 2015 CCOE Community of Interest Workshop took place for the first time in CCOE premises in The Hague. It was conducted from 3rd to 5th February 2015. More than 60 participants from 21 nations, members from both civil and military organizations [...]

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  • Allied Maritime Shipping Group Workshop at CCOE 27 January 2015

    Allied Maritime Shipping Group Workshop at CCOE

    The Allied Maritime Shipping Group (AMSG) is being held at CCOE chaired by Commander Flesland (NO). He is the Branch Head of the NATO Shipping Centre, Maritime Command (MARCOM) Northwood. The meeting provides a forum for NATO Shipping Working Gr[...]

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  • From Stuttgart, through Afghanistan to The Hague 26 January 2015

    From Stuttgart, through Afghanistan to The Hague

    Following his six month ISAF deployment to Mazar-i-Sharif in 2014, German CIMIC Reserve Officer Tilman Engel (OF 2) just concluded his first reserve exercise at the CCOE. Originally a CIMIC functional specialist assigned to the state command in Stutt[...]

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  • CCOE COUNTRY-INDEX TOOL 08 January 2015

    CCOE COUNTRY-INDEX TOOL

    Would it not be nice to have a list of internet links that changes almost automatically to that specific country you are looking for? That is exactly what the new CCOE country-index tool is offering you. If you would like to learn more about the tool[...]

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