It was co-chaired by Colonel (DEU A) Dieter Kohl, Branch Head Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation (ETEE) Plans & Policy, JFD, HQ SACT and Colonel (US AF) Timothy DREIFKE Commandant of the NATO School Oberammergau.
24 of the 33 PTECs (12 from NATO countries and 12 from Partner countries), together with representatives from NATO International Staff (IS), NATO International Military Staff (IMS), HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT), Joint Force Command Naples (JFCNP), SHAPE Partnership Directorate (PD), and NATO School Oberammergau participated in the Conference.
The Colombian International Demining Centre (CIDES) official PTEC recognized by NAC on 15th March 2019 and commandant of the Colombian International Demining Centre (CIDES) attended as a 33rd PTEC.
The aim of the annual PTEC was to integrate efforts and to align PTECs with NATO’s Education and Training landscape in order to meet current and future requirements.
The conference started with introduction of 33rd Colombian International Demining Centre and followed NATO updates, provided by the International Staff, the International Military Staff and HQ SACT. Participants of the Conference discussed, in plenary meeting and two break-out sessions, topics which were aligned with NATO’s priorities:
- Information/Engagement (plenary);
- Emerging Security Challenges (break-out session);
- Projecting Stability (break-out session).
The PTEC Commandants confirmed the importance of this event and highlighted that it gave them an opportunity to share common issues and concerns, as well as find ways of how to better support NATO Education and Training. The discussions were extremely fruitful, with a special focus on Projecting Stability based on best practices and training methodology. They highlighted the strong willingness of the PTEC community to contribute to NATO’s priorities and allowed participants to reach agreement on future tasks for the PTEC Working Groups.
The next PTEC Working Group (WG) meeting will be hosted by Public Affairs Regional Centre (PARC) and conducted in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, 11 - 14 June 2019. The WG will continue to work on tasks identified by Commandants and prepare recommendations to PTEC CC-20.