NATO personnel to learn enhanced research skills at Lincoln

The University of Lincoln, UK, has entered into a special agreement to enhance NATO’s research capacity at an international level.

Lincoln’s School of Computer Science Military Education Group is delivering a training programme to military personnel from NATO’s Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC).

One of the JAPCC’s main aims is to be NATO’s catalyst for the improvement and transformation of joint air and space power, delivering effective solutions through independent thought and analysis. Recent projects have focussed on the paradox faced by modern air power, improving air power support of Air Advisor operations in Afghanistan and enhancing NATO’s ability to recover isolated personnel among other relevant air power topics.

During the annual conference of the JAPCC, Head of the School of Computer Science, Dr David Cobham, signed a Letter of Intent with Lieutenant General Joacim Wundrak, the Centre’s Executive Director.

The aims of the programme are for the personnel to identify a potential research area and demonstrate practical skills in the development of this proposal.

Dr Cobham said: “The partnership with the JAPCC is a prime example of the strong links the University of Lincoln has with the military and it is a great opportunity for NATO personnel to see what we currently offer to the Lincolnshire RAF bases.”

The next ‘Enhancing Research Skills at the JAPCC’ programme started on 1st December, 2014.

The School also launched a new military Master’s degree in Air Power and Innovation at the conference.

Bruce Hargrave, Military Degree Programmes Coordinator, said: “Technological innovation in air power often comes with increased cost and complexity. Starting in spring 2015, this new programme will investigate how organisational and conceptual innovation can work together with – and, sometimes, independently from – technological innovation to mitigate this. Students on this new programme will concentrate on new developments and new ways of thinking about the employment of air power.”

The Military Education Group carries out research into the delivery of education and training programmes to those serving in the armed forces.

The main aim is to provide an opportunity for the development of lifelong learning throughout and beyond a military career.

The Group accredits and teaches several programmes for the UK military and NATO partners, up to Master’s degree level, primarily in the fields of Electronic Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance management.

JAPCC signing

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