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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training Group (NTG) meeting on Individual Training and Education Developments (IT&ED)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training Group (NTG) meeting on Individual Training and Education Developments (IT&ED) was hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Education and Training) and the Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative in the Washington, D.C. area, 25–29 September 2016. The IT&ED meets semi-annually, and is hosted by volunteer nations. The U.S. hosted the Autumn 2016 meeting.

The mission of the IT&ED is to enhance training and education interoperability among Alliance and Partner nations. To achieve its mission, the IT&ED recommends solutions to specific problems (e.g., training gaps) to meet current and emerging education and training requirements. To facilitate interoperability, IT&ED deliverables include sharing standards, training material, handbooks, and best practices. For more information on the NATO IT&ED and the other international defense cooperatives ADL is involved in, visit our international collaboration page.

Leadership for the NATO IT&ED includes the NATO Chairperson, currently Mr. Paul Thurkettle (NATO Allied Command Transformation), and the national Co-Chairperson, currently held by the U.S. delegate Dr. Sae Schatz (Director, ADL Initiative).

Some of the highlights of the meeting include:

The IT&ED derives its task mandates from the Executive Working Group. Some of the key mandates that the IT&ED worked on during the meeting include:

In her welcome letter, Dr. Schatz stated, "International collaboration is a central tenet of the U.S. national defense strategy, and cooperation enhances the security of all our nations as well as stability around the world. The IT&ED's efforts are critical to achieving these outcomes. Your work strengthens multi-national partnerships, helps prepare our respective defense institutions for integrated operations, and supports all of our military personnel by ensuring they have access to the highest-quality learning and development opportunities. In short, your work, in this task group, is essential."

The members worked hard to achieve the mandate that Dr. Schatz laid before them, and enjoyed an eventful week! Several delegates mentioned that two items on their "bucket lists" were fulfilled with the tours of the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Most importantly, the delegates successfully advanced their task work and continued to strengthen their international relationships and collaboration.