SC133 conducts a Negotiation, Mediation and Decision-Making Exercise (NMDX)
The NATO Defense College held the NMDX that took place from 5 to 7 December 2018.
On the occasion of this intellectually challenging simulation exercise, the NDC Commandant, Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross, invited the Director General of the International Military Staff (DGIMS), Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, to visit the NDC where he attended the Crisis Management and Negotiation, Mediation and Decision-making exercise. Senior Course Members heard lectures on the changing nature of Crisis Management, UN-NATO relations in Crisis Management, the NATO Crisis Management System, the role of the Military Committee in this context, and International and Multilateral Negotiations.
The exercise scenario is a generic one. Course Members participate in the various stages of a simulated NATO Crisis Management Process and practice negotiation, mediation and decision-making techniques. They learn about group dynamics in a multinational negotiation format and follow a complex process of multilateral consensus-building, in order to decide on a common course of action. NATO’s senior-level committees and the North Atlantic Council provide the ideal framework for this exercise, reflecting the strategic political-military level at which the Senior Course is focused. Lieutenant General Jan Broeks visited working groups in session, explaining to the Course Members the role and workings of the Military Committee and the International Military Staff in the decision-making process of Crisis Management. Throughout the exercise, Senior Mentors gave valuable advice and feedback to Course Members.
The aim of the simulation consists in broadening Course Members’ knowledge of NATO’s crisis management and decision-making processes, understanding group dynamics during multinational negotiations and improving consensus-building communication, management and leadership skills.
The presence of the DGIMS highlighted the importance of the support that NATO consistently gives to the NDC, as the Alliance’s premier academic and educational institution.