The Shrivenham Leadership Centre (SLC) represents the UK on a NATO Research Task Group (RTG), focused on examining Senior Leader Development for NATO Multinational Military Operations.
This research programme is scheduled for 3 years and will report its findings to NATO in summer 2020.
In addition to the UK, the RTG membership includes representatives from the US, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland and NATO ACT staff. The primary task of the RTG is to explore the effectiveness of leader development for NATO multinational military missions and to develop a framework for the development of leader capabilities.
This work is set against a back drop of increasing complexity, where leaders of coalition military forces are presented with numerous challenges related to differences in operational practices, authorities, military doctrine and command and control.
Horizon scanning towards 2030, the RTG is also guiding the development of the NATO Framework for Future Alliance Operations (FFAO) document, which is seeking to identify the characteristics and capabilities required in the Leaders of the Alliance in order to retain and maintain the military edge.
One of the UK representatives is Cdr Karl Santrian RN, who also co-chairs the RTG, recently returned from the latest RTG workshop, hosted by the US in Los Angeles, Cdr Santrian said “The workshop was very successful, with a number of key programme milestones achieved. However, it was also recognised that further work is required to fully appreciate and understand the complexities associated with Leadership of the Alliance, and specifically the emergent issues identified within the FFAO – namely cross-domain operations and effects, full-spectrum cyberspace operations, disruptive technologies and the use of artificial intelligence”.