The CIOR President, UK Colonel Chris Argent (Retd.) and president designate German Navy Captain Jan Hormann (R) this week met with the President of the United Kingdom Reserve Forces Association/UKRFA, Major General Greg Smith. The summit took place on the Norfolk Broads in East Anglia, UK.
The topics discussed included CIOR both in the UK presidential term and in the upcoming German one, to ensure a smooth transfer from one presidency to the next.
The conversation also included the continuation of the various strategic developments of the confederation, the CIOR President’s upcoming presentation to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels on 7 October and the forthcoming autumn meeting (IBM) in Edinburgh, Scotland 24 to 27 November.
CIOR Language Academy precursor to Summer Congress
The CIOR Summer Congress takes place 4-10 August in Tallinn, Estonia. The forerunner has been the CIOR Language Academy (CLA). The CLA held classes in French and English from July 20 to August 4, at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn.
The CIOR Language Academy (CLA) teaches English and French as a second language, emphasizing a NATO military lexicon while at the same time providing an orientation to CIOR. The instructors, qualified reserve officers as well as skilled linguists and teachers, are provided by CIOR member nations and are selected through a competitive process.
The students are NATO reserve officers and active duty officers of the new democracies of Eastern and Central Europe. Through the Language Academy, they are provided an essential and indispensable tool to carry out international NATO business – the ability to communicate in one of NATO’s two official languages. Established in 2000, CLA was a CIOR initiative in support of the Partnership for Peace program and has matriculated more than 300 officers from every nation of Eastern and Central Europe.
CIOR Language Academy is open to Reserve Officers or Active Officers below 60 years of age. NCOs, civilians with military affiliations and Retired Officers will have lower priority according to availability.
CIOR President Colonel (R) Chris Argent (UK) attended the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) Summer Plenary Meeting in Warsaw on 10 and 11 July. The President was warmly welcomed as a ‘special guest’.
Brussels, 11 July 2019: The Chairman of NATO’s National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC), Brigadier General Robert Glab (Poland), introduced Colonel Argent to his colleagues as a ‘special guest’ to the meeting. He spoke warmly of the work done by the President in ensuring that the new NRFC-CIOR Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was completed and signed at the CIOR ‘Mid Winter Meeting’ in Brussels in January this year.
The President was accompanied to the meeting by CIOR Assistant Secretary General (SO1 Plans), Lieutenant Colonel Mark Coburn (UK).
Progress on first common project
On the morning of 11 July Colonel Argent informed NRFC on progress already achieved to operationalise the MOU, in particular in launching the NRFC/ CIOR Joint Project on Cyber Defence.
The first outputs from this work will be published around the time of the CIOR Summer Congress in Tallinn Estonia between 4 and 9 August. Then CIOR will progress with the development of an entry-level practitioners course on Cyber Defence, with the aim of holding the first course in the summer of 2020 – under the patronage of a joint NRFC-CIOR committee.
Two more projects awaiting CIOR Council support
The two additional projects, Recruiting & Retention and Employer Support, are already being progressed in CIOR and now await the early decision of CIOR’s Council to provide technological support – which can then be accessed both by NRFC and CIOR, and potentially third parties.
The CIOR President also informed NRFC about upcoming events commencing with the organization’s Summer Congress in August, with an estimated attendance of some 550 serving Reservists.
The two reserve organizations have agreed that a CIOR Liaison Officer (ASG Plans) should attend the NRFC Staff Officers Meeting in October, in Budapest, along with the lead of the CIOR Cyber Defence Working Group, and that a CIOR Delegation of about 10 officers will attend the NRFC Winter Plenary Meeting being held in 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia (USA).
An invitation is being extended to the Chairman and Secretary General of NRFC to attend the CIOR autumn meeting, also known as the ‘In-Between-Meeting’ in Edinburgh in November.
Looking forward to further co-operation
Both the NRFC chairman and the CIOR president recognised these 2 days as an important milestone in delivering the intent of the MOU, and said that they were looking forward to further close co-operation as the various strands of work develop.
CIOR Delegates visit Estonian Battlefield Exercise
Tallinn 9 May 2019: CIOR delegates yesterday visited Exercise “Spring Storm” in Estonia. A part of the exercise was a battlefield first aid scenario after an artillery unit was hit by counter battery fire.
The delegates witnessed an artillery battery deployed in the field and undergoing realistic training scenarios during the field-training phase of the exercise.
The Spring Storm exercise has some 7,500 troops from 10 NATO countries taking part.
CIOR visit to exercise and shooting range covered by…
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The visit took place in conjunction with the spring meeting of the NATO-affiliated Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR). The meeting serves the purpose of keeping the various workstrands of the organization going in-between the main annual meetings – hence the internal “go-by name”: In-Between-Meeting (IBM).
Tallinn will also host this year’s Summer Congress of CIOR.
The President of CIOR Colonel Chris Argent (Retd.) recently spoke at a conference on diversity in the armed forces, in Quebec, Canada. The conference, organized by UNIDEF (project management company in defense industry dealing with technology and know-how transfer of defense products) took place at Université Laval 27 March 2019.
The CIOR President was amongst one and two-star military speakers from the Canadian, UK and French armed forces as well as academics from the university’s Security Faculty. The speakers addressed an audience of several hundred delegates.
The CIOR President gave an overview on current progress in improving diversity in the armed forces, the challenges of recruiting the ‘millenial generation’ and the opportunities that the recruitment of a more diverse human resource component gives the armed forces to meet the challenges of future and changing threats to peace.
The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve, (CIOR) will hold In Between Meeting Two (IBM2/4) of the UK / Estonian Presidency in Tallinn, Estonia from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May 2019
IBM Meeting Registration. Registration will be managed by EROA and can be completed by delegates via the following link:
Attendees to IBM2 are asked to arrange travel so as to arrive no later than the evening of 7 Feb 19. Due to a number of potential late arrivals no social function is planned for this evening. Meals will be available to order from the hotel or nearby restaurants.
Those CIOR Members attending will be accommodated in theRadisson Blu SKY Hotel (Rävala puiestee 3, Tallinn, ESTONIA). Phone +372 6823 000. For questions about accommodation – Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For guidance, delegate price per single or double room is 119 € per night. Price includes: buffet breakfast, wireless internet access and 9% VAT.
There will be an optional programme of visiting EDF annual field exercise Spring Storm on 08th (0900-1800), CIOR VP shooting competition on 09th (0900-1200), meetings on 09th (1300-1700), 10th (0900-1700) and 11th MAY (0900 – 1200). There will be IBM Delegates Dinner (Social Gathering) in the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (https://www.koda.ee/en/about-chamber) on the evening of the 10th MAY.
Attendees will be free to depart after 1230, 11 MAY 19.
The following attendance is sought:
CIOR Presidential Team.
Committee Chairs. To include:
Defence Attitudes and Security Issues Committee (DefSec)
Civil/Military Co-operation Committee (CIMIC)
Partnership for Peace and Outreach Committee (PfP & O)
Legal Committee (LEGAL)
Military Competition Committee (MILCOMP)
Language Academy Committee
Winter Seminar Committee
Young Reserve Officers Committee
Public Affairs Committee
CIOMR Presidential Team (Optional but would be very welcome)
CISOR Presidential Team (Optional but would be very welcome)
The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and the Interallied Confederation of Non-Commissioned Officers (CISOR) presidents, Colonel (R) Chris Argent and Master Sergeant (R) Michel d’Alessandro, agree to look at what activities they might be able to collaberate on.
They also agree to try to co-locate activity where feasible.
Thirdly they explore how best to leverage the power of Reserves so they can contribute better to NATO.
To formalize the cooperation, CIOR and CISOR leadership have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This happened when the CIOR President visited and addressed the CISOR Central Committee Meeting in Hanover on Saturday, February 9th.
The ideas on how to make the two organizations work together were warmly received from both sides, and there is now a determination to make this opportunity work for respective reserve cohorts .
CIOR-CIOMR Summer Congress 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia
The largest annual meeting of these two organizations is jointly held each summer in a different country and is organized by a separate member of CIOR/CIOMR each year; in 2017, the Congress was held in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2018 Quebec, Canada and in 2019 Estonia will be hosting the congress in its capital of Tallinn and surrounding areas.
Program: the two congresses are organized in conjunction with CIOR having Council meetings, the various committees and working groups and the CIOMR Congress conducting meetings with their respective committees. There will also be military competitions (MILCOMP) and other activities such as CIMIC exercises (CIMEX), Young Reserve Officers Workshop (YROW), CIOR Language Academy (CLA), the CIOMR Workshop and a Congress Symposium.
Participants’ accommodations are available at several hotels in Tallinn. The main hotel being the Radisson Blue for CIOR/CIOMR committees, and the Nordic Hotel Forum for the YROW participants. Congress rooms are also available at the Swiss Hotel, all in the downtown area of Tallinn.
The opening ceremony of the Congress is on Sunday August 4th at the Maarjamäe memorial, followed by a reception at the Maarjamäe palace.
The CLA will have already been active since July 20th at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn and will be finished on the opening day of the CIOR/CIOMR congress on August 4th.
The MilComp section will start training on the 4th and end on the 5th with competitions on the 6th to 8th. The awards ceremony will be on the 9th of August. All events take place at the Estonian Defence League Männiku shooting range on the outskirts of Tallinn.
CIMIC, work exercises (CIMEX) are from the 4th to the 6th at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn. Participants to the CIMEX exercise will join the rest of the Congress as soon as they conclude their exercise.
The Congress Symposium will be held on Wednesday August the 7th at the Swissotel in Tallinn.
The Closing Ceremony/Congress Gala Dinner will take place on Friday August 9th at the Seaplane Harbour Museum in Tallinn, which will officially close the CIOR/CIOMR 2019 Summer Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.
The National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) and the Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR) come together once more to enhance their partnership during the CIOR Mid Winter Meeting at the NATO HQ in Brussels.
Story by: NATO HQ
From 29 to 31 January, NATO hosted simultaneous meetings of the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) and the Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR). Both organisations renewed their joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continuously improve cooperation.
“The reserves are a capable, credible and available force which continues to be an important element”
On 30 January, the joint session started off with a keynote address by the Deputy Chief of Staff of Allied Command Operations, Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann. The General highlighted the value of Reservists as “a capable, credible and available force which continues to be an important element of the Force structure. For some Nations reservists make up almost 50% of their National forces which is understandable when requirements increase but defence spending does not follow. Whereas 20 years ago, reservists were considered more of a last resort, nowadays they are considered incremental to any Nation’s Armed Forces, providing the manpower and specialised skill to supplement regular armed forces”.
“Reserve forces are providing the manpower and specialised skill to supplement regular armed forces”
The meeting was also an opportunity for the NRFC Chairman and the
CIOR President, respectively Brigadier General Robert Głąb (POL) and
Colonel (R) Chris Argent (UK), to renew their joint Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU). The result of a year’s work, the MoU aims to
establish a cooperative and productive relationship between the two
organisations as well as outline their partnership and channels of
communication. “The NRFC and CIOR are complementary organisations,
the first focusing on the Reserves and the second on Reservists. It only
made sense to renew this MoU to make sure that where possible we
complement each other. The aim is also where and when possible to
present a united front and joint advise to the NATO Military Committee.
We can only be stronger together”, added Brigadier General Robert Głąb.
NATO has always recognised the importance of national Reserve Forces
and the compelling requirement to better understand and exploit the
inherent potential of reservists and Reserve Forces. NATO works on
reservist issues through three different entities: the National Reserve
Forces Committee (NRFC), the Interallied Confederation of Reserve
Officers (known by its French acronym CIOR) and the Interallied
Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR).
The 2019 CIOR Seminar on “Warfare 2030 – Technology, Policy, Ethics” was held in Bonn (Germany) from January 26 to 29, 2019, with young CIOR reserve officers as well as seasoned members from many NATO participating countries.
By Major Jean-François Lambert, CIOR Public Affairs Officer
*Le texte en français suit*
This three-day seminar addressed present and future developments concerning means of warfare. This includes development on autonomous devices, on social media/InfoOps, policy development in these domains, ethical aspects regarding these developments, addressing legal aspects regarding these developments, and how we deal with non-state actors, having access to these new techniques and possibilities. To address these topics, CIOR has been able to attract speakers from NATO countries, all subject matter experts.
warfare is truly the understanding of the art of influencing, and I think that
in the future, internet will play an even greater part in influencing
populations,” says Major Geoff Nicholls, from the British Army. “While George
Orwell used to say “He who controls the past, controls the future” I think it
would be right to say in today’s age that “He who controls the internet,
controls the future”.
impressive event that helped us better understand the potential impact CIOR
could have over the Warfare 2030!
Comprendre la guerre de demain commence aujourd’hui
le Major Jean-François Lambert, Officer des Affaires Publiques de la CIOR
séminaire 2019 de la CIOR sur «La guerre 2030 – Technologie, Politique et Éthique»
s’est achevé à Bonn (Allemagne) du 26 au 29 janvier 2019, réunissant de jeunes
officiers de réserve ainsi que des membres chevronnés de la CIOR de nombreux
pays participant à l’OTAN.
Ce séminaire de trois jours a porté sur les développements actuels et futurs concernant notre compréhension et vision de la guerre de demain. Ceci inclut le développement sur des dispositifs autonomes, sur les médias sociaux / Opération d’Information, le développement de politiques dans ces domaines, les aspects éthiques relatifs à ces développements, le traitement des aspects juridiques liés à ces développements et la manière dont nous traitons les acteurs non étatiques, en rapport à ces nouvelles techniques et possibilités. Pour aborder ces sujets, la CIOR a pu profiter des intervenants de pays de l’OTAN, tous experts en la matière.
guerre de l’information est vraiment la compréhension de l’art d’influencer et
je pense que dans l’avenir, l’internet jouera un rôle encore plus déterminant pour
influencer les populations”, a déclaré le Major Geoff Nicholls, du
Royaume-Uni. “Alors que George Orwell disait:” Celui qui contrôle le
passé, contrôle le futur “, je pense qu’il serait juste de dire de nos
jours que “Celui qui contrôle l’internet, contrôle le futur “.
somme, un événement impressionnant qui nous a permis de mieux comprendre
l’impact potentiel de la CIOR sur l’environnement de la guerre 2030!