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NATO Reserve Forces Integration Course at NATO SCHOOL, Oberammergau, Germany (NSO)

Aim of the course

The aim of the course was to instill in the students an understanding of the various roles, missions, doctrine, and challenges of the Reserve Forces throughout the Alliance. Building on Military Committee policy, the course surveyed how the Alliance integrates Reserve Forces in current operations. To do this, the course explored numerous national 'Best Practices" in a comparative analysis framework. A wide range of topics common to most Alliance and PfP Nations were surveyed. This course was also related to the use of Reserve Forces in international missions and the background of the new Strategic Concept (SC) from November 2010’s Lisbon Summit.  The SC is driving many transformational activities within the Alliance and will affect how NATO conducts operations in the future.

Both CIOR and NRFC have recognized that the SC will impact Reserve Forces within the Alliance and has noted a numbers of key areas of interest in this regard:

1.    The requirement to expand partnerships
2.    The requirements to establish the optimum balance between Active and Reserve Forces
3.    The optimum method by which to generate operational capabilities given current and continuing resource restrictions.
4.    The reserve contribution to NATO operations has been significant in the past decade and has demonstrated the utility and effectiveness of employing Reserve Forces in support of NATO operations, but a strategic communications plan could improve education of both the active military forces and political leadership on the benefits of the Reserve Forces.

Therefore the NSO has developed the NATO Reserve Forces Integration Course. 

Topics of the course

Some of the topics of the course:

•    NATO’s New Strategic Concept
•    NATO’s Outcome of the Lisbon Summit
•    NATO’s Response Force Concept
•    NATO’s History & Strategy
•    CIOR Updates
•    CIMIC
•    Partnership for Peace Programme
•    National Updates of Reserve Forces
"I found this to be a very useful and interesting course of high quality and I am happy to recommend this course to all reserve officers", said Major (R) Tony Fossum.

More information about NATO School:  or your national ROA.

The NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) conducts education and individual training in support of current and developing NATO operations, strategy, policy, doctrine and procedures. The NATO School provides resident courses of instruction in five main disciplines: Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Joint Operations, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Policy and NCO Programmes (NCOP). Most courses are one week duration and there are many subjects from which to choose.

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