Successful accomplishment of the annual Workshop of NATO Training Group Task Group for Individual Training and Education Development (NTGTG IT&ED)

From October 31 to November 4, 2021, the Annual workshop of the NATO Training Group Task Group for Individual Training and Education Development (NTGTG IT&ED) was realized in the Army House. The NATO Training Group is chaired by the Head of education and training technologies at NATO Allied Command Transformation, Mr Paul Thurkettle and co-chaired by the Director of the US ADL Initiative, D-r. Sae Schatz. The aim of the Group is to improve the professionalism, interoperability and standardization between Alliance forces and partners through improved coordination of education, training, exercises and evaluation of the acquired knowledge.

The Agenda of thematic units that were conducted at this workshop was based on:

  • Implementation of NATO ADL Capability Maturity model;
  • NATO ADL Glossary of IT&ED terms;
  • Working in syndicate groups for improving NATO ADL STANAG 2591;
  • Future technical specifications and sharing of platforms in online courses and catalogues for overall improvement of the training and education;
  • Improving Chapters 4 and 9 of the NATO ADL Handbook;
  • Sharing modern online models and information tools for improving the overall efficiency of modern teachers;
  • Introduction and analysis of xAPI online advanced learning software;
  • Review of the NATO Secretary General’s 2030 initiative on operational capabilities, capacities and possibilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning for comprehensive improvement of the training and education;
  • Practical implementation of an online model of Serious Game “ICE” Immersive Cold Weather Experience;
  • Comprehensive capabilities of NATO platform DEEP DIVE and TRANSNET portal;

The core objectives of the NATO Training and Education Development Group include:

  • Support and implement NATO policies, directives and standards for improving education and training;
  • Proposes and supports solutions for new models of training and education in support of NATO operations;
  • Exchanges experiences and best practices between NATO member and partner countries;
The workshop was attended by representatives from the following countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Estonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.

The Military Academy and the Ministry of Defense were the organizers of this event, which was opened by the Minister of Defense Ms Radmila Sekerinska Jankovska, whо welcomed all participants and highlighted the achievements of the Ministry of Defense and Army in the area of practical implementation of modern NATO standards for improving the training and education. In her speech, the Minister pointed out the role of the Military Academy in the development of education and training, as well as the contribution and implementation of the latest NATO related trends in education and training.

The Dean of the Military Academy, Colonel Dr Mitko Bogdanoski, full professor welcomed the participants of the workshop and stressed that the Military Academy through the Institute of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, as well as other organizational units of Military Academy, has been continuously monitoring and implementing technologies in training, education and research activities.

The Coordinator of this workshop was Major Dr Dimitar Bogatinov, an associate professor who stressed that modern software, applications and tools are a daily activity of the Military Academy and so far they have been practised successfully implemented in improving the efficiency of training and education, as well as in the research activities of Military Academy.

At the end of the workshop, the Chairman of NATO Group for Development of Training and Education, Mr Paul Thurkettle made a full evaluation of activities so far and gives the future directions in which the goals of the group should be developed.
He also pointed out that the delegates of this group are working dedicatedly on their tasks for the next workshop which is planned for next 2022 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.