Start: 2017-07-16 | End: 2017-07-29
Location: Gdynia, Poland

CIOR Language Academy 2017 will take place from July 16th to July 29th, 2017 in Gdynia, Poland.

For registration, please visit

7th annual CIMEX – The Migration Crisis

7th annual CIMEX - The Migration Crisis

Reservists, being twice the citizen, with one foot in the civilian world and the other in the military, are ideally suited to carry out the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) role for NATO. The upcoming CIMIC Exercise (CIMEX) during our 2017 Prague Summer Congress, offers a unique opportunity for member nation Reservists to hone their skills.

The Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR)’s Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Committee remains committed to promoting best practices within the international CIMIC community. CIMEX participants will hear from some of today’s premier speakers addressing NATO-recognized challenges. With over 15 nations participating in this table-top exercise, the CIMEX offers nations a high-impact professional development opportunity for mid-level of cers and enlisted members that encompasses ‘twice- the-citizen’ CIMIC expertise and experience. Registration is limited to the first 50 CIMIC specialists, so please do not delay!

For additional information, please contact:

CIOR CIMIC COMMITTEE Col Vanessa Dornhoefer


CIOR Seminar 2017

CIOR Seminar 2017

Start: 2017-02-05 | End: 2017-02-08
Location: Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Bonn, Germany

Sudden Knock-out or eventual points loss – How our security state will lose the fight
Increasing redundancy and improving surge management

This year’s CIOR Seminar on IS brought together a diverse audience and speakers from a wide range of subjects and professions, allowing for energetic discussions in which opinions were constructively challenged and scrutinised.

Together with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Gustav Streesemann Institute we have been able to attract a number of high qualified and subject matter experts. The Seminar is a joint effort by CIOR, the Konrad Adenauer foundation and the Gustav Streesemann Institute and will take place from Sunday, 5 February 2017, until Wednesday, 8 February in Bonn, Germany.

Registration is still open until Dec 7th. To register, please follow this link:…/register-now-for-the-2…/

Invitation to the Norwegian military skills competition 2017

Invitation to the Norwegian military skills competition 2017

From our Northernmost CIOR Delegation: Norske Reserveoffiserers Forbund (Norwegian Reserve Officers’ Association)

Invitation to the Norwegian military skills competition 2017

The Norwegian Reserve Officers’ Association organizes every year a challenging field competition, aimed at testing field skills and motivate for further training. The competition is a long patrol mission in daylight and darkness. The competition has tasks such as knowledge of the Defence organization and missions, defense knowledge (including NATO), First Aid/Combat Casualty Care, communications, shooting, obstacle courses, crisis management, leadership and general soldier skills.

The teams must be self sufficient during the competition. The competition starts Friday evening, when orders are given to the team leaders, and ends Saturday evening. The competitors consist of teams from the Norwegian Armed Forces, Norwegian reserves and foreign teams.

Saturday evening, after the competition, there will be a social event and barbecue evening. Award ceremony will be on Sunday morning.

This year’s competition will be held the weekend of 15th -17th of September. The location will be at just north of Trondheim, at Værnes Garrison.

Værnes Garrison is located just next to Trondheim Airport Værnes. Quarters will also be here. Transportation to / from Trondheim Airport Værnes can be arranged.

The Norwegian Reserve Officers’ Association would like to challenge YOUR nation to send one or more teams to this fascinating competition. The competition focuses on known training elements of basic military skills. Each team must consist of four people and the team leader must be an officer or sergeant.

You may prepare yourselves by looking at NROFs military skills competition rules (click at the link). The competition language will be English when non-Scandinavian teams are participating.

The NROF would be honored to host teams from your nation, and I encourage you to contact us on e-mail or
call +47 22 47 82 40 for further information. There is an entry fee of € 125 per team.

Please send entries with the names and rank of all team members
to Please also send us the e-mail address and mobile phone number to the teamleader.

Jørgen Berggrav Rear Admiral (rtd) Secretary General
Postal address: PB 1550 Sentrum NO-0015 Oslo



Start: 2017-04-05 | End: 2017-04-08
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

IBM 2: 05-08 APRIL 2017, Prague, Czech Republic  |  Vienna House Diplomat Prague  |  Evropska 15  |  160 00 Praha 6

Dear CIOR fellow officer,

You are hereby cordially invited to attend the CIOR In-Between Meeting IBM-2 which will takeplace in Prague, Czech Republic, 05-08 APRIL 2017.

Recommended Attendance:
National VP, ASG and Committee Chairs with Secretaries

  • In accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws the presidency declares that the IBM2 will be a special meeting with voting.
  • Please note that the presidency may call a board meeting as needed or as requested bythe Council during the IBM.

The objectives of this meeting are to clearly define the work and direction of CIOR for theperiod and to follow up on the actions from MWM 2017 and to prepare for the SummerCongress 2017 in Prague.

With these key initiatives in mind, we would like to ask all VP and Committee Chairs to have areports and vision of their work for the next 18 months ready to be updated.

Committee updates and expected detailed expenditures: please submit these by 25 MARCH2017 to:, so that we can prepare accordingly and fine tune theagenda.

For more information, please refer to the invitation below.

We are looking forward to the working session with you, as we do consider all of you andextension of our team.

CIOR Presidency Team


CIOR Winter Meeting 2018

Start: 2017-02-09 | End: 2017-02-11
Location: Botermarkt 1 9000 GENT Belgium



In January 2017 the NATO HQ will move into its new Brussels headquarters. As it will take until the end of June 2017 to complete the move, the MWM 2017 will not take place at the Brussels NATO HQ.

We are extremely grateful for the hospitality of the City of GENT, who offers to host the coming MWM CIOR / CIOMR 2017, as supported by CIOR council.

The 2017 Winter Meeting will be held in GENT (GHENT) from

Thursday 09 February to Saturday 11 February 2017.

  1. The Czech Presidency is looking for the guest speaker from NATO of SHAPE.
  2. The Closing Dinner will be held at NH HOTEL on Friday, 10 February 2017 to which spouses and other guests are welcome. The registration documentation is enclosed.
  3. Venue: TOWN HALL of the City of GENT

4. Registration

The registration has two distinct elements, each of which can be done independently.

4.1.The MWM Registration Forms (includes the security Pass Registration)

have to be sent to the Secretary General of CIOR (POC see item # 20) by mail.

4.2 The hotel reservation has to done directly with the hotels. All forms are

attached. Meeting Registration Form – Attached you find an excel sheet, with is to be filled in

for the complete delegation by the one contact person of a country.

We could make the best and unique rating with follow hotels in different * categories


Price breakfast included

€ 115,00 single room per night

€ 130,00 double room per night

+ city tax 3 € per room per night

You can book the NH Hotel by the attached fax sheet and send it by e-mail or by fax directly to the hotel.


Price breakfast included

€ 99,00 classic single room per night

€ 115,00 classic double room per night

+ city tax 3 € per room per night

You can book the NOVOTEL hotel by the attached fax sheet and send it by e-mail or by fax directly to the hotel.


Price breakfast included

€ 79,00 classic single room per night

€ 94,00 classic double room per night

+ city tax 3 € per room per night

You can book the IBIS HOTEL Kathedraal by the attached fax sheet and send it by e-mail or by fax directly to the hotel.


Price breakfast included

€ 69,00 classic single room per night

€ 84,00 classic double room per night
+ city tax 3 € per room per night

You can book the IBIS HOTEL OPERA by the attached fax sheet and send it by e-mail or by fax directly to the hotel.

5. It is important that ASGs or their appointed delegates provide the above information as early as possible to ensure that we can effectively plan for the meeting. All registration information and payments must be submitted in accordance with the deadline detailed on the forms. All forms must be fully completed with accurate information

(date of birth is very important) before the 26th of December 2016.


6. The registration fee is € 200,00 per registrant. This amount includes: the guided visit of the “ Mystic Lamb of the Brothers VAN EYCK “ in the Cathedral and the followed reception and lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the closing dinner, administration items and insurance costs. We strongly encourage delegations to pay in bulk, rather than by individual payment; this will save a significant amount of administration for our staff. All payment must be made in advance, and not later than the 20th of January 2017. Please send a detailed list with the names of the participants to POC in case of payment in bulk.

All payments that are made must be free of bank charges.

Cheques or post-assignation will not be accepted.

The necessary bank information for payment is below:


CIOR Presidency,


ING Brussels NATO, Boulevard Leopold III, 1110 Brussels, Belgium

IBAN CODE: BE69 310 192 030 178


7. NOTE: Registration will only be confirmed by payment. All payments later than

22 January 2017 will automatically increased with 50% surcharge.

Participation of Guests

8. Guests are welcome to participate at both the Thursday visit the “the Mystic Lamb “ of the Brothers VAN EYCK and the drink, and the Closing Dinner.

Fees for the reception is € 25,00 and for the closing dinner is € 75,00.

Please put the guests in the registration form.


9. The participants are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from GHENT ! In Brussels Airport (level – 1) you find Train connections to GHENT / SINT-PIETERS STATION and in Ghent direct tram line 1 or 21 (TBC) to the Center where all hotels are located. Taxi transport is also available.

10. The participants are required to make their own transportation to and from the Brussels airport and the hotels. There is an very easy public transport to GENT.

11. All meetings and social activities are available on foot distance (max 500 mtrs)

Working Agenda

12. The draft agenda will be distributed prior to Christmas.

13. All questions about the council and committees activities should be addressed to the Czech POC (see item 20).

14. All questions about organization in Gent should be addressed to the Permanent Representative of CIOR at NATO.


15. Due the exceptional situation this alternative program will be hold in English language and no translations to English and French will be provided as usual.

Non-smoking policy

16. The conference and meeting area are non-smoking area.

Security and administrative regulations for all participants:

17. Your individual identification access badge and documents will be available at the registration desk in : Sint-BAAFSHUIS, Biezekapelstraat, 2, 9000 GENT near the Cathedral.

18. During this event you have to keep your identification badge with you for justification.

19. Dress Code Service Dress for all events. Closing dinner Mess dress

CIOR MWM 2017 Points of Contact (POC)

20. For confirmation or any administrative questions regarding the meetings, please contact the Czech POC :

1stLieutenant (R) Jaroslav HAJECEK
Secretary General

Phone: cell CZ +420 739 603 777 cell UAE +971 562 192 813


in cc : cell +32 (0) 475 78 18 25

21. For any other questions regarding the organization of the MWM in Gent, please contact the Permanent Representative Captain (Navy) (H) Jacques

De DECKER (POC see item # 20) .



Internationally, the value of the role of reservists is becoming more recognised and the reliance on the use of reservists is increasing. With increasing and rapid technological and social developments it is important that CIOR reviews it operating framework to ensure that it remains an organisation that remains fit for purpose and maintains its credibility. It was for this reason that the President established a Strategic group to carry out a CIOR self-assessment which would inform a strategical study for a renewed CIOR 3.0. The resulting strategic document directs the developments of CIOR towards the future, most importantly by outlining an image of 2020 and beyond.

CIOR is a NATO-affiliated, non-political and non-profit umbrella organisation of member nations’ national reserve officer associations. The relationship between CIOR and NATO is fully defined in NATO Military Committee (MC) 248/1. CIOR has traditionally had two key roles: (1) To provide advice on Reserve issues and support to the NATO Alliance and (2) To foster the professional development of reserve officers.

Over the last few years these roles have come under some pressure in terms of how they are reviewed and valued by NATO and individual Ministries of Defence (MoDs). Despite this it is recognized that in 2016 CIOR has the potential to be recognised as a valuable resource in terms of its access to the Reservist community and how Reservists work at an operational level. However, if CIOR is to continue to be effective, it needs to recognise when and how change is needed, and more importantly be prepared to initiate appropriate change. The world is changing and that means that the (relevant) environment of CIOR has to change. Equally, CIOR needs to acknowledge the rapid pace of change in the society it works within and respond accordingly.

In order to get CIOR ready for the coming years it is essential to consider the factors that are likely to have the most influence on how it should work. The CIOR 3.0 strategy paper considers these as social environmental factors and technical factors. Using this information, the paper considers what would be the key changes that may be required to create a CIOR that is future-proof, healthy, and contemporary. The paper presents this as a number of possible scenarios for consideration by the Council which could be built on to inform the way forward and be agreed as the Strategic plan.

Based on the assessment of these scenario it can be indicated that scenario “(Virtual) Centre of Excellence on reservist in support MoD’s and NATO” is the best scenario for CIOR 3.0. This scenario describes the desirable situation of CIOR in 2020 and beyond. As CIOR is the networking specialist in relation to expertise of, with and by reservists throughout the world, it is capable of quickly and attractively connecting civil and military expertise/competencies and to make these constructively available to its members and business partners. From this specialism CIOR has gained the status of a Virtual Centre of Excellence and optimally uses the technological developments in execution, management, and the maintenance of expertise.

However, considering the expected large changes that this scenario brings along it is essential to also have a backup scenario. Scenario “Social/Veteran network” is an excellent scenario that CIOR can fall back on if the implementation of “(Virtual) Centre of Excellence on reservist in support MoD’s and NATO” does not work out as expected. In order to prevent starting all over when the scenario is deemed unimplementable, we already incorporate some elements of “Social/Veteran network” in the development of scenario.

As a consequence, CIOR defined its concept Mission 2020 and concept Vision 2020 as follows:

Mission 2020
CIOR is the international centre of excellence in the field of military reservist matters with the aim to collect, manage and provide strategical and operational knowledge for its members in order to support consultation and development in the military and/or civil domain within the NATO and its members.

Vision 2020
CIOR achieves this by actively involving its members and to develop, establish and mantain a (virtual) centre of excellence through the combination of technical developments and the use of the social network. In this, CIOR will be an attractive business partner for likeminded organisations and will proactively collaborate with them in a network construction.

In order to successfully implement the previously presented CIOR 3.0 strategy it is essential to use a step by step method within which the Council (VP’s) led by the Presidency supports, sets frameworks, but is also personally involved. CIOR 3.0 plan is not a rigid multiyear plan, but a communal flexible route book of and by its members. The created strategical documents became part of the strategical guidelines for the following years unless otherwise decided by the Council.

CIOR In-Between Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic

CIOR In-Between Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic

After welcoming the delegates from national reserve (officer) associations as well as committee representatives, CIOR President LtCOL. Libezny pointed out that this IBM will serve as a starting point for planning CIOR’s activities to take place during the following two years. As a next step, CIOR Secretary General 1Lt. Hajecek outlined the main objectives for the time of the Czech Presidency as well as milestones to be achieved. He asked all country and committee representatives to work towards these objectives.

Following this introduction, representatives from NFRC, CIOMR and CISOR briefed the IBM participants on their agenda. According to these briefings, one common goal is to increase cooperation and joint planning of events with CIOR. Further, it was proposed to extend the offer of training and education opportunities, ideally recognized by NATO.
In the afternoon, CIOR committees started discussions in separate working groups while the CIOR Council concluded on the output from the 2016 Summer Congress in Madrid, Spain. Further, the activities of the Presidency after the Summer Congress 2017 were reported. After that, the Council discussed the upcoming Winter Meeting 2017 as well as the Summer Congress 2017 and 2018 in order to initiate the planning process.

The first day of IBM was concluded by the PfP&Outreach and MILCOMP Committees reporting on recent activities and events as well as providing an outlook on activities planned for 2016-2018.

CIOR Council and representatives in discussions during the CIOR In-Between Meeting

The morning session of day 2 was dominated by the presentations of the CLA, Symposium workgroup, DEFSEC and Legal Committee chairmen. The presentations outlined the status of ongoing projects and recent events. Further, the chairmen shared the vision of their committees and workgroups for the next two years as well as made participants aware of envisaged changes and key events/ milestones. The participants got the opportunity to actively take part discussing the laid out roadmap.

The afternoon session gave chairmen of the Seminar, CIMIC and Public Affairs committees the opportunity to present the current work of the committees and provide a perspective on the envisaged future development. Also in this Session, participants actively engaged in discussions around these plans.

Today’s session gave the participants the opportunity to become aware of common areas of action, mutual critical success factors as well as potential synergies. The meeting thus created an important corner stone for the next two years to come.
The day was concluded by a dinner with special guests Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of the Division of Support of the Czech Army and Hynek Novak, Director of the Cabinet of the Czech Minister of Defence, in order to gain forces for the last day of the IBM on Saturday.

Presentation of the CIOR Seminar 2017 by LtCOL. Hans Garrels

The CIOR In-Between Meeting ended with a final review of the discussed topics and mutual agreement of the actions to be taken by all participants.

The conference hall is empty after two long days of discussion. A big thank you goes to the Czech Presidency for hosting this meeting in Prague as well as to all officers participating!

Conference hall after CIOR In-Between Meeting

Hybrid threats: The Reservist Solution: A Cyber Reserve Providing NATO With Real-World Expertise

Hybrid threats: The Reservist Solution: A Cyber Reserve Providing NATO With Real-World Expertise

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) Partnership for Peace and Outreach (PfP & O) Committee and the Unione Nazionale Ufficiali in Congedo d’Italia (UNUCI), recently conducted a successful Seminar on Hybrid Threats. Thirty officers and distinguished speakers from ten NATO nations attended this important event, which focused on adapting defence capabilities utilizing Reserve forces in Hybrid Warfare. The participants included the former Chief of the US Army Reserves, Major General Roger Sandler, USA (Ret), and immediate past CIOR President Lieutenant Colonel Dimitar Popov, of Bulgaria. The National President of UNUCI, Lieutenant General Rocco Panunzi, after welcoming the participants, attended with interest many sessions. Also, the Mayor of Chianciano Terme, Mr. Andrea Marchetti, welcomed the participants and graciously invited them to enjoy their stay in the City, especially the spas for which Chianciano Terme is named.
The Under Secretary of State of the Italian Ministry of Justice, Dr. Cosimo Maria Ferri, took part in the Seminar and during his presentation drew insightful parallels between the cyber threat to the West and the Italian struggles against the Mafia especially in the field of “money laundering. Dr. Fulvio Mancuso, the Deputy Mayor of Siena, explained the specific interest public authorities have regarding cyber threats and security. The Chairman of the PfP & O Committee, Major (R) André Roosen, pointed out that Reservists are an essential part of resilience as NATO nations respond to hybrid threats and cyber war.

Dr. Antonio Albanese, from Italy, and Dr. Vedran Obucina, from Croatia, focused on “Cyber Jihad,” which has its origin from al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham

(Daesh), and the other name for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). After a general briefing on the different movements that compose Islam (Wahhabism, Shia, Sunni, etc.), the roots of some of the current conflicts in the Middle East were explored. They then concentrated on how Daesh displays manifestations of the Sunni caliphate, which utilizes several elements attributed to hybrid warfare. Implementing communication warfare and conventional acts of war are connected in a loop which feeds the “brothers in the West,” giving them hope, and ways to attack “infidels.”

A presentation by Rumanian Colonel Craisor-Constantin Ionita, and Albanian Colonel Suzana Jahollari, outlined their countries’ approaches towards hybrid threats, particularly cyber threats. .

Hybrid warfare has become one of the hottest topics on the NATO landscape. Dr. Guillaume Lasconjarias, from NATO’s Defence College in Rome, said that we have to understand what these threats are and how they work. We have to define a common policy and a means to properly address and respond to this challenge. He covered the nature of hybrid threats and highlighted how NATO has addressed this new threat.

Commander Dr. Lars Otte of Germany briefed on his country’s approach. He presented different categories of cybercrime spying and compared it to “Cyber-Jihad”. Dr. Otte is a Reserve officer within the new Directorate-General Cyber/Information Technology (IT) at his Federal Ministry of Defence. This new military service will be implemented next year,

Swiss Major (R) Phillipe Leo dealt with one distinct element of hybrid warfare – mobile forensics. He highlighted a unique case study on how the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) operations in Lebanon were badly damaged in 2011 after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of U.S. spies by means of basic mobile forensics. The capacity of certain hostile organisations to monitor mobile communications (computer, cell phone, etc.), or abuse it for their own propaganda, requires trained and capable operators. Everyone listening to his of words will now view mobile phone usage in a different way.

Throughout the Seminar participation by attendees, each a citizen-soldier possessing expertise from their civilian occupation and their military Reserve background, which greatly enhanced each discussion of Hybrid Warfare scenarios. This valuable contribution demonstrated the value-added Reservists play as NATO seeks to develop solutions for strategic and tactical Hybrid Warfare operations.

Italian 1st Lieutenant Dr. Massimo Franchi provided an academic overview of hybrid threats indicating that the majority of international conflicts that have evolved from symmetric to asymmetric to hybrid ones. Moreover, researchers agree that the cyber is playing an increasingly important role in all hybrid conflicts.

Providing the attendees with real-world exposure to the Italian military, the 186th Paratrooper Regiment “Folgore” hosted the Seminar participants for a visit at their headquarters in Siena.

Major (R) Roosen drew a positive conclusion for the PfP & O seminar by stating that the thesis, “Reservists are an essential part in resilience to hybrid threats and cyber war,” was confirmed, and we have to use reservist’s expertise and build up a Cyber Reserve. Major (R) Roosen was pleased that former Partnership for Peace countries had attended and gave some insights into how they handle such threats. He then closed the seminar with “Special thanks to UNUCI and the Italian Reserve officers who have done excellent work in organizing and carrying out this seminar, especially the strong leadership of past CIOR President, Lieutenant Commander Giuseppe “Pino” Imbalzano. ”

Future PfP & O Committee Seminars will now pivot to focus on CIOR’s outreach objectives.