The PTEC network conducts twice a year a Working Group (PTEC WG) and ones a Commandants Conference (PTEC CC), to discuss and develop a common cooperation related to NATO individual education and training. The PTEC network started its cooperation in 1999 and is growing for each year. From the beginning the PTEC network involved only the Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations, but now also include the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and NATO’s relations with “partners across the globe” (Global Partners).
PTEC is a global network of educational and training establishments promoting collaborative initiatives and quality instruction to enhance capacity building, interoperability and a comprehensive understanding of wider security issues.
The first Working Group for 2013 main topic was the NATO new Individual Education and Training (E&T) concept. The main outcome for this concept is to harmonise the E&T with international standards and hereby ensure a higher and common standard based on NATO operational requirements.
The new concept is built upon the requirements from a strategic level (Strategic Training Plan), through operational requirements and the guidance and directives from the Requirements Authority (RA), through coordination of the Department Head (DH) down to different training facilities. In line with this the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM, part of SWEDINT) has as of 22nd February been appointed as Department Head for NATO Gender perspective issues.