Last updated: March 13, 2020

HCOE – Department Head for HUMINT Education and Training in NATO

NATO Education and Individual Training (E&IT) is managed through a system called Global Programming. The aim of Global Programming, as it relates to E&IT, is to ensure the right E&IT is provided to the right personnel at the right time and in the right location in the most economical manner possible.
Global Programming relies upon disciplines to categorize, capture and manage the requirements that become the basis for E&T solutions. HQ SACT, through the Joint Force Trainer (JFT), manages Global Programming and the associated discipline structure. For each discipline there is a Requirement Authority (RA) and a Department Head (DH) supporting the centralized coordination and decentralized execution of related activities.
The Intelligence case is a particular one, as it is a NATO discipline (under a DH Coordinator – ACT ACOS C2DS) that subsumes a series of collection “sub-disciplines” (also called “areas”), out of which HUMINT is the single one having its own DH – the NATO HUMINT Centre of Excellence (HCOE) from Oradea, Romania.

At 29 May 2015, the Military Committee has released his approval for HCOE to become DH for HUMINT education and training in NATO (the document IMSM-0264-2015).
The formal approval has been followed in the 2nd of September 2015 by a ceremony organized at the Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk, Virginia (USA), when the HCOE officially became “Department Head for Human Intelligence Education and Training” in NATO. During the event, Col. Eduard SIMION – the HCOE Director at that time – and Vice Admiral (ESP N) Javier GONZALEZ-HUIX (the Joint Force Trainer head), on behalf of HQ SACT, signed the “Memorandum of Agreement between NATO HUMINT COE and Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) concerning The Appointment of NATO Human Intelligence Centre of Excellence as the Department Head for Human Intelligence Education and Training”.

In this respect, the NATO HUMINT Centre of Excellence, as HUMINT DH

• Is engaged in the NATO Global Programming with the Requirement Authority (SHAPE J2), ACT JFT, the Intel Department Head Coordinator, and a various array of Education and Training Facilities to identify effective, efficient and affordable HUMINT E&IT solutions. Participates in programming boards in order to align production requirements with programmed E&T solutions.
• Shapes a systematic approach to the HUMINT E&IT and conducts a series of HUMINT Training Needs Analysis (TNA) Working Groups in accordance with Bi-SCD 075-007.
• Reviews the HUMINT Training Requirements Analysis (TRA) and makes change recommendations to the Requirements Authority.
• Is in lead of the HUMINT Education and Training Community of Interest in NATO, connected to the NATO HUMINT Working Group (NHWG).
• Ensures functional liaison between the NHWG and the NATO Intelligence Training Working Group (NITWG).
• Participates in the Intel Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) and contributes to the subsequent Intel Discipline Alignment Plan, by compiling the HUMINT educational program.
• Warrants HUMINT area connection to cross-disciplinary fields of expertise, in order to coordinate customized educational solutions in conjunction with other entities.
• Within means and capabilities, supports collective NATO-led training with SMEs and/or other advice at exercises and pre-deployment training events.
• Contributes to the revision of STANAG 2555 – Intel Education and Training.
• Supports HUMINT e-Learning development and implementation of modern delivery techniques, to include Modeling & Simulation solutions.
• Provides oversight of the HUMINT E&T related lessons identified and best practices.
• Contributes to the HCOE Academic outreach and functions as secretary for the HCOE Academic Board.
• Maintains a NATO Information Point at the University of Oradea Library, contributing to civilian lecturers’ and students’ education on NATO’s functions, relevance and priorities in the current and future security environment.
• Plays an important role in the HCOE Quality Management System.
• Provides editorial secretariat for the HCOE Annual Magazine.

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