Introduction to the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook

By Lieutenant Colonel

By Lt Col

 Frans

 Van de Weerd

, NE

 AF

Joint Air Power Competence Centre

By Wing Commander (ret.)

By Wg Cdr

 Jez

 Parkinson

, UK

 AF

Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Published:
 October 2022

Abstract

Resilience is a national responsibility and simultaneously a collective commitment anchored in Article 3 of the NATO Treaty. During the Madrid Summit in June 2022, the NAC reemphasized the need to boost NATO’s resilience to current and projected threats and strengthen overall interoperability. In 2019 COM AIRCOM identified resilient basing as one of his key focus areas. Therefore the JAPCC endeavours to produce detailed observations on the current state of resiliency and actionable recommendations, to be communicated in a White Paper in the spring of 2023. Your participation is essential to this goal, which should also support your national responsibilities for resilience.

Introduction

In order to better analyse the current resilience status of Alliance members against a full spectrum of threats, the JAPCC will publish the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook in November 2022. The assessment intends to take a comprehensive approach across civilian infrastructure and military installations, thereby enabling organizations to identify their strengths and vulnerabilities, and challenge them to mitigate any identified shortfalls.

This tool is designed for entities that are responsible for contingency planning and evaluation. It is up to each nation to determine the appropriate HQ to formulate a comprehensive response for your nation. The introductory packet that follows this letter explains the process in greater detail and will enable you to plan ahead for the November release of the workbook.

The workbook challenges you to self-evaluate your nation’s resilience by answering a series of questions. The workbook includes over 100 Issues to Consider (ITC) to prompt your headquarters’ internal evaluation, and to consider implementing to improve resilience. The questionnaire also includes over 300 specific questions to be answered by your HQ and will form the basis of the JAPCC study. The workbook uses a virtual airbase ‘Base X’ to exemplify the ITCs and questions. Base X is then placed in several fictitious scenarios – based on existing NATO Force Protection Doctrines and experiences as well as current developments in the Ukraine – to stimulate your own self-evaluation.

Tasked Agencies are requested to share their findings, including mitigating strategies, via an embedded response sheet. The assessment may reveal sensitive shortfalls or identify mitigating actions, therefore the completed questionnaire must be marked and dealt with as at least NATO Restricted or higher.

All nations are requested to report their findings before 1 Feb 2023. During the first quarter 2023 the JAPCC will assess received inputs, identify lessons learned and inform nations about the results via a white paper. Please identify the responsible office and point of contact to . We thank you in advance for your support of enhancing the Alliance’s resiliency.

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Author
Lieutenant Colonel
 Frans
 Van de Weerd
Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Lieutenant Colonel Van de Weerd has served for more than 40 years in the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). He served in various fighter related weapon system support positions at depots and staff positions at the RNLAF Headquarters and the Defense Material Command. He dealt with Foreign Military Sales challenges and contributed to the development of F-35 Global Support Solution. Furthermore, he served as an A4 at the former RNLAF Operations Center. He gained his joint logistics expertise as a J4 planner at the MOD dealing with various operations. Currently, he holds the position of Subject Matter Expert Logistics at the Joint Air Power Competence Centre in Kalkar, Germany.

Information provided is current as of February 2022
Author
Wing Commander (ret.)
 Jez
 Parkinson
Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Wing Commander (ret.) Jez Parkinson is a RAF Regiment Officer with 33-years’ regular Service; over half in the Multinational environment and in excess of 7-years on operations. He continues to work as a Reservist in the Force Protection Environment and as a civilian on Asset Protection collaborating with the military, industry and academia. He is the author of NATO FP Policy, FP Doctrine for Air Operations and the current Custodian for Joint FP Doctrine. He is responsible for the development and delivery of NATO FP Courses as well as writing several publications and articles on FP.

Information provided is current as of February 2022

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