On September 28th, 2017, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece hosted the “Target Engagement Authority – Senior Leaders” seminar at the HQ premises in Thessaloniki, Greece. The seminar was held under responsibility of NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) and is part of the Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum. The NRDC-GR Command Group and Senior leaders from the branches attended the course.
Commander NRDC GR HQ, Lieutenant General Dimitrios BIKOS, during his opening remarks welcomed all participants and highlighted the importance of targeting as a crucial function towards the upcoming National Evaluation in 2017 and NATO Joint Evaluation in 2018. Additionally, he prompted the attendees to pay special attention to the lecturers and to exchange their views for the benefit of having with us Subject Matter Experts from NATO School Oberammergau with a vast experience on the real operations.
The aim of this seminar was to provide NRDC-GR key leaders and Targeting process members with the sufficient knowledge on targeting function. The main topics included the importance of a clear Direction & Guidance from the Strategic down to the tactical level, the campaign synchronization process during the targeting cycle, the National guidance and caveats, Collateral Damage Estimate procedure, Dynamic and Time Sensitive Targets planning and execution issues, the importance of intelligence, lessons learned during real ops and more. A special emphasis was given to the legal issues in the targeting process with an aim to minimize collateral damages both to civilians and the protection of cultural property.
It was a highly productive seminar, a unique opportunity, for the stuff to get the desired knowledge, experience and training about their roles & responsibilities within the targeting framework. HQ NRDC-GR continues to prepare and train its staff at high level of operational standards in order to reach and sustain the full range of JTF capabilities, ready to conduct the entire spectrum of military operations as JTF HQ.