source: COMFOTER di SPT

Achieved qualification in planning and conducting CIMIC activities in modern operational scenarios.

CIMIC: record foreign attendance for NATO Field and Staff courses

​From 16 to 27 may the Multinational CIMIC group (MNCG) unit of interforces value and multinational, specializzed by military-civil cooperation, has organizzed and carried out the NATO CIMIC Field and Staff Worker courses (NCFSWC), all in english language.

This edition was particularly important as it had the largest ever attendance of foreigners in a stanch course since the establishment of the body, whose 20th anniversary is just this year.

The objective of the courses was to qualify 44 participants, from the civilian world and all Armed Forces, to perform tasks related to the planning and conduct part of CIMIC activities in modern operational scenarios.

The courses, based on an in-depth analysis of the professional profile, objectives and responsibilities of the CIMIC operator, were structured in a first common week, characterized by explanation of NATO doctrine, in-depth study of typical aspects of the civilian environment, negotiation, communication and, finally, sharing of field experience and cross-cultural skills.

In this regard, the theory phase was supported by internationally renowned guest speakers, including Dr. Susan Hodgson, Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain at Save the Children, Dr. Federica Nogarotto of Medicine Sans Frontiere, Dr. Zein Tayyeb, Civil-Military Coordinator Officer of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, Dr. Viviana De Annuntiis from Joint Force Command in Naples, and Dr. Marianna Tonutti from Supreme Headquarters Allied Power in Europe. In addition, a team of foreign instructors from Canada, Britain, Greece and the United States supported the course by sharing experiences, skills and backgrounds.

During the second week, however, the courses were divided into two parts, one dedicated to operators in the field (Field), the other reserved for personnel destined to work within a command (Staff) to develop, through role play and practical simulations of operational situations with increasing difficulty, a high-intensity exercise activity.

Supporting that phase were various civic actors and representatives of cultural, religious and political associations in the Marca Trevigiana, with the aim of having an educational output closer to the reality of operational deployments.

An educational offering, that of the MNCG, of excellence that makes it a valid and effective center of expertise and, contextually, training within the Atlantic Alliance, within the civil-military cooperation function.