NMI supports the Iraqi Ministry of Defence in building a revised Defence Planning Process

The Commander of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) held the first Force Structure Planning Working Group on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 at the Ministry of Defence M5 Planning Directorate in Baghdad.

Commander Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard assured the audience, of Iraqi planning officers, of NATO’s strong commitment to working with the Ministry of Defence….

Our efforts together will make the Iraqi Security Forces better able to defend Iraq,” said Lieutenant General Lollesgaard.

In attendance was the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, underscoring the collaborative relationship between NATO and the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The workshop, hosted by the Planning Directorate, focused on introducing Defence Planning as a tool for the MoD to use amongst military components and marked the initiation of an 18-month process that will deliver a comprehensive five-year plan, which is to include capability requirements and operational readiness gains.

“This Defence Planning Process offers real world support to the Iraqi Armed Forces. The objective of NATO’s support is to use the Force Structure Planning Working Group to identify the future structure of the Iraqi Armed Forces and to introduce a Defence Planning Process to the Iraqi MoD,” said Lieutenant General Lollesgaard.

The workshops will use the NATO Defence Planning Process, the cornerstone of NATO defence planning, to work with Iraqi counterparts on their long-term objectives….

Photograph: NATO Mission Iraq Public Affairs Office