Training, Education & Doctrine Advisory Division
The Training, Education and Doctrine Advisory Division (TEDAD) is one of the key output divisions of the NATO Training Mission – Iraq. Its Mission is to assist the Government of Iraq in building effective Iraqi-led security forces through:
Advice and training support across the National Defence University (NDU) and all subordinate organizations to develop the officer education and training system
Advice and training support to Iraqi senior enlisted personnel training
Planning and execution of out-of-country training events and coordination of NATO equipment donations
in order to contribute to the development of self-sufficient, sustainable and effective Iraqi Security Forces.
TEDAD consists of approximately 45 personnel from 10 different countries and is led by a British Brigadier. The Division has 3 Branches:
- OETAB consists of 30 personnel (mostly British, but also Italian, Albanian and Danish) led by a British Colonel. OETAB's tasks are:
- To assist the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (IMOD) and the National Defence University (NDU) in the development of an Iraqi-led and self-sustaining officer education and training system.
- To advise and support the IMOD in the development and application of a comprehensive doctrine structure that underpins training and operations.
OETAB staff work with the National Defence College, War College, Joint Staff and Command College, Iraqi Military Academy, Defence Language Institute and the Iraqi Doctrine Section.
Non-Commissioned Officer and Battle Staff Training Advisory Branch (NCO/BST)
- NCO/BST consists of 7 personnel (Ukrainian, British, Estonian and Lithuanian) led by a Ukrainian Lieutenant Colonel. NCO/BST tasks are:
- To advise and support the staff of the NCO School at Taji in the delivery of the Iraqi SNCO Course and other training activity.
To provide Battle Staff Training (BST) courses to Iraqi Regional Training Centre staff and the command staffs of nominated Iraqi Army units.
Training and Equipment Synchronisation Cell (TESC)
- TESC consists of 5 personnel (Polish, Turkish, Hungarian and Ukrainian) led by a Polish Colonel. TESC's tasks are:
- To plan, coordinate and execute Iraqi attendance at out-of-country (OOC) NATO training events (courses, exercises, conferences) and OOC courses offered bilaterally by individual nations. Courses are currently provided for Iraq at the NATO Defence College in Rome; Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway; NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany; and Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism and the Partnership for Peace Training Centre in Ankara, Turkey.
- To coordinate equipment donations from member nations made through the Equipment Donation Programme.
Focus of Activity.
The underlying principle of TEDAD's work is that it should build Iraqi capacity to develop its own training and instructors and improve its training systems and processes. The focus is on Training the Trainers (T3) and improving systems and processes in order to make progress self-sustaining and the effect enduring. This maximises the impact of the small number of NATO personnel. The out-of-country NATO courses provide leaders within the IMOD, Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and the Agencies of the Prime Minister's Office with the leadership, planning and management skills to use their resources effectively.