Analysis Makes the Difference

The Workshop Analysis Makes the Difference is the main event organized under CCOE Lessons Learned and Analysis Branch responsibility. The focus of the Workshop was to deep dive into themes capable to enhance CIMIC Lessons Learned Cycle such as CIV-MIL Information sharing, Assessment/Analysis and Lessons Learned structures.


The overall aim of the workshop was to strengthen cooperation between military and civilian spheres by enhancing mutual trust and confidence between NATO, its partners and other international and local actors. A wide range of topics from Collective Defence, Conflict Analysis, CIV-MIL communication processes through to Resilience will be addressed and valid outcomes will be worked out.


    • Military and Civilian approaches to Analysis of the Civil Environment- including Conflict Analysis;
    • Resilience Building, Stability Operations and Collective Defence- with illustrative case studies i.e. Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and Eastern Europe Area;
    • Enhancing the CIMIC Lessons Learned Community/Mindset;
  • Improvement of concepts, and architectures for CIV-MIL Information Sharing.


    1. Build a solid platform to link analysts and decision makers from different stakeholders and create a common understanding on comprehensive analysis.
    1. Produce final report providing initial solutions and identifying more CIV-Mil cooperation areas to facilitate the development of a standardized conflict analysis/information sharing system across all sectors in the future.
    1. Sustain and develop through advanced training a network of CIMIC Lesson Learned SMEs capable to improve CIMIC LL collection and sharing tools, procedures and structures.
  1. Define and adopt common information exchange processes, architectures and standards, particularly those for data sharing, between CIV-MIL partners and similar stakeholders.


1. Comprehensive Analysis

The process of civil environment assessment often involves a broad range of contrasting analysis approaches. The aim of the syndicate is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information among diverse actors and simultaneously raise awareness on different comprehensive analysis approaches. The idea is to gather together diverse stakeholders from different geographical areas (Mali, Syria and Eastern Europe) in order to identify synergies and challenges in collaboratively preparing a comprehensive assessment of a crisis.

Lastly, the syndicate attempts to clearly illustrate the impact of analysis on decision making up to the highest level. The expected outcome of the workshop is to build a platform to link analysts and decision makers from different stakeholder positions and to create a common understanding on comprehensive analysis. This concept will be captured in a report which provides with initial solutions. More areas of cooperation will be identified to allow the development of a standardized conflict analysis/ information sharing system across all sectors in the future.

2. CIMIC Lessons Learned

CIMIC’s overall performance as a function also depends on its ability to efficiently learn from experience, in order to enhance its efficiency and to develop further. The CIMIC Lessons Learned syndicate is a three day training, delivered by the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), intended to improve NATO CIMIC Lessons Learned through the analysis of different structures, tools and processes.

Three main subjects compose the syndicate: Lessons Learned Training; Lessons Learned Development Structures/Tools/Processes; and Lessons Learned Experience. This topics aim to identify opportunities to develop the collection and sharing of CIMIC Lessons Learned, with the prospect of fostering cooperation and to improve its experience capability.

A certificate of the Lessons Learned Staff Office Course, issued by JALLC, will be awarded to the participants upon completion of the training.

3. Civil Military Information Sharing (CMIS)-Federated Mission Networking (FMN)

The Civil Information Syndicate is focused on improving the capabilities of military organizations to share information with civilians, and to manage and use information regarding the civil environment effectively, efficiently and appropriately.  This group will conduct a stakeholder review of the CIV-MIL Information Sharing (CMIS) solutions developed under the Federated Mission Networking and Mission Partner Environment CIV-ML (FMCM) project.  The group will also examine ways to improve the military capability to perform Civil Information Management (CIM) and a possible way forward in that area.  Finally, this syndicate will examine approaches for maintaining collaboration between stakeholders in these areas through application of the concepts and sharing information as a community of interest.


The audience reaches from tactical to strategic level, depending on the discussed topic. The CIMIC LL Syndicate will mainly be military centric, while the two remaining syndicates are designed for a broader audience involving representatives both from civilian and military stakeholders.