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​ARRC ECMI Branch Visit

In the period 24 – 26 February 2014 the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Engineer Civil Military Interaction Branch (ARRC ECMI), under the lead of Brig R Wardlaw OBE, visited the MILENG COE. The meeting, referred as Ex ARRCADE ENGINEER 14, was a timely opportunity to speak about the ARRC ECMI Branch's lessons learned  from over the last 12 months, in particular from the Exercise ARRCADE FUSION 13 and to speak about the general mutual benefits of cooperation with our COE.


 By Captain (BEL A) Joris VAN DAELE, 
Military Engineering Centre of Excellence, IKM Officer




The ARRC presentation consisted of following subjects:
  - An overview of HQ ARRC by Brig Richard Wardlaw OBE
  - ECMI Branch and Training Year 2013
  - Engr C2 in the JTF Construct
  - Engr Capability – Understanding Unit Type and Function
  - Critical Infrastructure Assessment (CIA) and Cyber Defense
  - MNEODCC – Managing the Explosive Hazard Threat
  - MILENG Support to Environmental Protection
  - Managing Engr Logistics
  - Engr Support to Exercise Design and EXCON
  - Geo Support to Engrs
  - Evolution and Development
  - NSJEC – HQ ARRC Propositions


Their Presentation can be found on the MILENG COE Knowledge Library. The easiest way to retrieve is either to click here or to go to the Knowledge Library and filter the documents on Trip / Event Name: ARRCADE ENG EX feb 2014




The outcome of our collaboration is the identification where ARRC can assist the COE with NATO Engineer Doctrine development, the agreement on those issues which warrant furter exposure at the LANDCOM Engineer Conference, the consensus on how ARRC can promote their 'best practise' through the MILENG WG and the support ARRC can provide to validate the new NATO Engineer Doctrine on Route Clearance during the Ex ARRCADE FUSION 14.


The Records of Decisions (consisting of an observation and a decision part), are split up in the domains of MILENG C2, R2 Engr Capabilities and Planning Yardsticks, Critical National Infrastruct


Especially following observation attracted MILENG COE's attention:

  The ARRC's CNI AnThe ARRC's CNI Analysis Tool, consisting of a Infrastructure Interdependencies 3D Plan and Matrix visualising and explaining the links between infrastructures, such as Banking and finance with Electric Power, Communications with Emergency Services, etc. 

  The ARRC's Cyber Consequence Management method, including Pre-deployment, On Deployment and On Attack management.

  The ARRCS's EP procedures, consisting of an Environmental Baseline Study, the Environmental Incident Interdependencies, the Environmental Incedent Reporting and Recording.


The ARRC Mission

“HQ ARRC, as a High Readiness Force (Land) HQ, is to be prepared to deploy under NATO, EU, coalition or national auspices to a designated area, to undertake Combined and Joint operations across the operational spectrum as: a Corps HQ, a Land Component HQ, a Land Component HQ for the NATO Response Force (NRF), a Combined Joint Land Component HQ for land centric Operations in order to support crisis management options or the sustainment of current operations.”
Although HQ ARRC's ‘framework nation' is the United Kingdom, comprising approximately 60% of the overall staff, the ARRC is fully multinational in nature and organization, with 15 Partner Nations contributing the remaining complement of personnel (Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark ,France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States).
More information can be found the ARRC website: