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In order to increase the relevance and durability of NATO, member states must begin to think not only as individual

About the author

nations, but also as being integral parts of the Alliance. For this

Philip Chr. Ulrich holds an M.A. in American Studies

purpose, Smart Defence is a very relevant concept.

from the University of Southern Denmark graduating in May

Many focus on the procurement aspect of the concept of

2012. He analyzes American foreign and defence policy for

Smart Defence. The relevance of Smart Defence is not, however,

the Danish website Kongressen.com. He has previously

limited to procurement. The mindset that is behind Smart De-

worked as head of section at

fence is equally relevant in regards

the Royal Danish Defence Col-

to lessons learned. Each nation must

lege, where he published sev-

begin to think in a more interna-

eral briefs on US defence and

tional context and not limit the col-

foreign policy. He has also had

lection of observations and subse-

an internship at the Lessons

quent dissemination of valuable les-

Learned / Development Sec-

sons learned to its own national mil-

tion at the Civil-Military Co-

itary system. By ensuring a wider

operation Centre of Excellence

dissemination of Lessons Learned among allies and partners, the Alli-

in Enschede, the Netherlands. Member nations discussing amongst themselves at NATO HQ. (Photo:

ance can better prepare for future

NATO)

challenges. If NATO has to reestablish valuable lessons for each new

Bibliography 1.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Smart Defence, URL: http:// www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/78125.htm

2.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO Standardization Agency: “Allied Joint Doctrine for the Conduct of Operations“ (AJP-3(B)), March 2011, 4-19.

mission, this means a reduced efficiency, compared to a more thorough dissemination of lessons learned; before, during and after training, exercises and missions. Each member nation has valuable insights and gains Lessons Learned, relevant to allies and partners. However, as these insights and lessons learned are currently kept behind closed curtains, they do not become known to relevant parties that will be involved in future missions. If a wider dissemination of lessons learned is pursued, allies and partners can learn from each other. Efficiency is ensured and the response time needed to take action shrinks Therefore, more focus on lessons learned and wider dissemination of such important insights, can help the Alliance in its efforts towards Smart Defence. It can save resources in preparing and conducting missions, in which the Alliance will participate in the future.

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