About JCBRN Defence COE

The JCBRN Defence COE is a NATO military body and multi-nationally sponsored organization which offers recognized expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance and other partners. Its activities are focused on NATO Transformation process, Operational Support by providing a CBRN Defence advice and Support of CBRN Defence Education, Training and Exercises.

Mission Statement

The Centre provides advice in all CBRN defence-related areas; develops CBRN defence doctrines, standards and knowledge to support the improvement of interoperability and capabilities; provides opportunities to enhance education and training; contributes to the lessons learned processes; and within an approved Programme of Work, assists NATO, Sponsoring Nations and Partners in their CBRN defence related efforts including validation through experimentation and operational (technical and scientific CBRN Reachback) support.


The JCBRN Defence COE leads institutional and operational efforts to support NATO capability development, mission effectiveness, and interoperability. Through the approved Programme of Work (POW), the JCBRN Defence COE strives to promote adaptive and innovative methods for preventing proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and protecting against CBRN incidents.

Who We Are / What We Do

The Centre combines skills and expertise from more than 70 personnel from fourteen nations in the areas of CBRN concept and doctrine, capabilities development, defence planning, experimentation, training, exercises, education, lessons learned, reachback, modelling & simulation and operations support; acts as NATO Department Head for WMD/CBRN defence training and education; and acts as European Union Military Training Discipline Leader for WMD/CBRN. The Centre also forms the core of the NATO CBRN reachback capability providing timely, coordinated, authoritative and detailed technical and scientific support. Particularly, the Centre provides advice on CBRN hazards and defensive countermeasures, drawing upon remote expert sources of information. The Centre is also expanding outreach efforts beyond a purely military focus to civil-military, European Union, other international organizations, academia. industry cooperation and developing its Internship programme.

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We are pleased to announce our 3rd annual CBRNe Summit Asia conference & exhibition which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on the 3-5 December 2019. CBRNe threats in the region are becoming a great concern to the local governments. With more threats being faced to civilians our event would provide you a great opportunity to hear from the region’s leading CBRNe units.

Asia is a continent that is developing city infrastructures and the threat of CBRNe attacks has increased with many governments and armed forces creating strong CBRNe countermeasures and training personnel on CBRNe response techniques.

Natural disasters are a regular occurrence in Asia, and this increases the likelihood of infectious diseases which can spread easily amongst the general population. There is an importance to recognise diseases that can spread and make sure medical centres, emergency services and military personnel have availability to medical countermeasures.

To be part of our international CBRNe Summit Asia conference & exhibition either as a speaker, sponsor, exhibitor or delegate please contact us either by telephone +44 (0)1582 346 706 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CBRNe Summit Europe is returning to Brno, Czech Republic for our 6th annual event. Many major cities across Europe have faced critical incidents over the past few years. With terrorism threat levels high across Europe and the increased use of chemical agents being used by terrorist organisations this is a key event to attend.

During our international event you will hear perspectives from military and civil officials who deal with CBRNe incidents. Many governments across the region have realised the importance of CBRNe capabilities and preparedness and budgets have been increased to deal with the new type of threats faced to civilians.

CBRNe Summit Europe will focus on a number of key topics across the whole CBRNe domain such as CBRNe capabilities of military and civil agencies, first responder techniques, asymmetrical threats, medical countermeasures to chem-bio threats, decontamination developments and techniques, countering IED’s, CBRNe threat intelligence, CBRNe forensics and many more.

To be part of the largest gathering of CBRNe professionals in Europe please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone +44 (0)1582 346 706 and we will be happy to provide you further information on how you can participate either as a speaker, sponsor/exhibitor or as delegates.

Whilst transformational and operational support is reflected within the organizational structure of the JCBRN Defence COE, the activities related to Outreach are cross functional.

The outcome of conducting Outreach in general is to federate relevant international organizations, approved partners and appropriate Centres of Excellence to anticipate and respond to CBRN incidents.

Outreach encompasses five pillars:

  1. Military/Civil Partnering reflects the JCBRN Defence COE’s recognition of the enduring requirement and growing demand for military and civilian CBRN defence cooperation. Aspects of this cooperation include pre-crisis preparation, post-crisis recovery, readiness, exercises, and insights regarding political and legal influences.
  2. Partner Development reflects the JCBRN Defence COE’s ongoing efforts to partner with International Organizations (IO) and Non-Governmental Organizations(NGO), International Governmental Organizations (IGO), Nations and institutions who have shown an interest and are committed to furthering the development of their CBRN defence capabilities.
  3. Organizational and Institutional Alignment has been a JCBRN Defence COE priority since its inception. As the assessed risks of CBRN threats continue to raise, functional alignment with key stake-holders and organizations with shared associated purpose will become even more important in the upcoming years.
  4. European Union (EU). Close cooperation with the EU, its bodies, projects and programme such as Horizon 2020 (Europe) by successfully completing eNOTICE Project by 2023, using the EU Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS) events on a regular base in order to intensify closer cooperation and identify future common projects. Furthermore, coordinate with the EU CBRN Centre of Excellence Initiative and identify possibilities of close cooperation and mutual support.
  5. Industry & Science. Establish and further develop cooperation with CBRN related industry and scientific institutes in order to facilitate development of Strategic Foresight Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and enhancing the CBRN Reachback Secondary Network.

COE Director

COL (GS) David MARTÍNEK (from Feb 2020)

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Colonel David Martínek is the Director of the JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence, Vyškov, The Czech Republic.

The Director is a principal advisor to SACT for transformation and SACEUR for operations in the field of CBRN Defence. In this capacity, he promotes transformation in the field of the CBRN Defence in support of ACT, and within an approved Program of Work (POW), supports Sponsoring Nations (SN), ACO and other international institutions/organizations in their CBRN Defence-related efforts.

Colonel David Martínek had joint the Czech army in 1993 after graduating from the Military High School as a Sergeant First Class. He was promoted to lieutenant after graduating from Military university in 1997.

Before his arrival to JCBRN Defence COE, he was CBRN Defence Plans and Policy Staff Officer at SHAPE, Mons (BEL).


1989-1993 – Military High school, Chemistry, Žilina (SVK)
1994-1997 – Bachelor of Chemistry, Bachelor, Military University, (CZE)
1998-2001 – Master of Chemistry, Military University, Vyškov (CZE)
2005 – Senior Officers Course, University of Defence, Brno (CZE)
2018-2019 – General Staff Course, University of Defence, Brno (CZE)


August 2017 – January 2020 – Director of the Training, exercise and education Department, JCBRN Defence COE, Vyškov (CZE)
August 2017 – May 2020 – Department Head for NATO WMD/CBRN Defence Education and Training Discipline and a chairman of the Training and Exercise Panel of the Joint CBRN Defence Capability Development Group.
August 2014 - July 2017 – CBRN Defence Policy Staff Officer, SHAPE, Mons (BEL)
January 2012 - June 2014 – CBRN Senior Officer, JCBRN Defence COE, Vyškov (CZE)
January 2011 - December 2011 – CBRN senior officer, Joint Force Command, Olomouc (CZE)
April 2009 - December 2010 – Chief of Warning and Reporting Cell, Joint Force Command, Olomouc (CZE)
July 2003 - March 2009 – Senior Officer Specialist of the Warning and Reporting cell, Joint Force Command, Olomouc (CZE)
October 2001 - June 2003 – Senior Officer of the 1st Warning and Reporting Centre, Olomouc (CZE)
July 2007 - September 2001 – CBRN Staff Officer 1st CSS battalion, Olomouc (CZE)
April 1994 - September 1994 – DECON Squad leader 2nd CCS battalion, Olomouc (CZE)
August 1993 - April 1994 – Chief of Chemical Repair Team, Pardubice, (CZE)


2008 – CZE CBRN TF Commander, OPS ISAF Afghanistan
2011 – CBRN Senior Officer, EUFOR HQ EU OPS ALTHEA Bosnia and Herzegovina


Service medal of the Armed Forces of the Czech Army - 1st Class
Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for service abroad - 3rd Class
Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for service abroad - Bosna and Hercegovina
Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for service abroad - Afghanistan
Honorary Badge of the Army of the Czech Republic for Merits - 3rd Class
Non-Article 5 NATO Medal
EU Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal


2 Children – a daughter Hana (19), a son David (13)

Deputy Director

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Colonel Wolfgang Karl-Heinz Reich started his career in 1982 as an Officer Cadet with the CBRN Defence Battalion 900 in Zweibrücken. In 1987 he became a Platoon Leader in the Bundeswehr Mountain CBRN Defence Company after receiving his diploma in Economics from the Bundeswehr University in Munich, Germany. In 1989, he became the Head of the S2 Section of the CBRN Defence Battalion 210 in Sonthofen and maintained his role for the next two years.

Between the period of 1991 and 2001, he worked as a Director for two different courses (Enhanced CBRN Defence Course and CBRN Defence officer Cadet Course) at the Bundeswehr CBRN Protection and Environmental School, as well as Company Commander of the Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Battalion 705 (Bad Düben) and CBRN Defence Battalion 750 (Bruchsal), and the KFOR Engineer Battalion in Kosovo. Followed by an appointment as Armament Staff Officer with the Bundeswehr Logistic Command in Sankt Augustin and then as a Deputy Battalion Commander of the CBRN Defence Battallion 7 and JCBRN Defence Task Force NRF 4 and NRF 7 in Höxter.

Afterwards, he gained extensive international experience as a Subject Matter Expert in CBRN Defence and WMD at the NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk (ACT), Virginia, USA.

Between 2011 and 2015, amongst others, he worked as the Branch Head for the CBRN Defence and Protection Department of the German Armed Forces Support Command, and Branch Head for Armament of CBRN Defence Material at the Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Command.

In 2015, Colonel Reich was appointed to serve as the Head of the Capability Development Division of the Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Command in Bruchsal.

Since October 2018 he is the Deputy Director and German Senior National Representative of the JCBRN Defence Center of Excellence in Vyškov, Czech Republic.

Military Assistant

SWO Kamil Šesták, Czech Air Force (from April 2021)

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Senior Warrant Officer Kamil Šesták is Senior Enlisted Leader of the NATO Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) in Vyškov, Czech Republic attached to his prime responsibilities of having been as an Advisor of the COE Director in all matters related to the Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) to fulfil needs of NCOs Creeds.

Senior Warrant Officer Kamil Šesták had joint the Czech Armed Forces in 1994 after graduating from the Secondary Military School as a Sergeant First Class. During his career he was promoted several times to finally reach todays second highest NCO rank in Czech Armed Forces.

Before his arrival to JCBRN Defence COE, he was Senior Staff Specialist of the Czech Military representative Office at NATO HQ, Brussels (BEL).


1990-1994 Secondary Military School, Air Defence, Liptovský Mikuláš (SVK)
1999 STANAG 6001 – Level II (English Language Course)
2000 STANAG 6001 – Level III (English Language Course)
2000 Pre-Deployment Course in NATO Organizations (CONAMS), Vyškov, (CZE)
2008 NATO Advanced Language course, Bournemouth, (GBR)
2013 Hazard prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC) Course, Oberammergau, (DEU)
2013 NATO NBC Analysis Operators Course Oberammergau, (DEU)
2014 Geographic information system (ArcGIS), Prague, (CZE)
2020 Senior NCO Orientation Course, Vyškov, (CZE)
2021 NATO NCO Advanced Leadership in a Multinational Environment, Oberammergau (DEU)


August 1994 – June 2001 Platoon Commander of the 46th Anti-aircraft Defence Regiment, Strakonice, (CZE)
June 2001 - July 2004 Senior Staff Specialist of the OPS - J7 Division, SHAPE, Mons, (BEL)
August 2004 – December 2006 Technician-Specialist of the Joint Operations Centre at Czech MOD, Prague (CZE)
January 2007 – January 2009 Senior Technician Specialist of the Military Academy, Vyškov, (CZE)
February 2009 – July 2012 Commanding Senior Staff Specialist of the Czech Military Representative Office at NATO HQ, Brussels, (BEL)
October 2012 – March 2021 Senior Specialist of the Modelling and Simulation Section of the JCBRN Defence COE, Vyškov, (CZE)
April 2021 – today Senior Enlisted Leader of the JCBRN Defence COE, Vyškov, (CZE)


Czech Armed Forces Honorary Badge of Merit of the Chief of the General Staff
Medal of Czech Minister of Defence for Service Abroad
Medal of Czech Minister of Defence for Service in the Armed Forces – 1st Class
Medal of the 50th Anniversary of NATO Establishment
Medal for Service in NATO

2 Children – a daughter and a son
Hobby – motorbike, nature, technologies

Former Directors

Col. (GS) Vratislav OSVALD (Jan 2017 - Jan 2020)

Col. (GS) Jiří GAJDOŠ (Aug 2012 - Jan 2017)

Col. (GS) Zdeněk ČÍŽEK (Mar 2008 - Jul 2012)

Col. (ret.) Radomír MIKEŠ (Oct 2006 - February 2008)


JCBRN Defence COE will support and participate CBRNe SUMMIT ASIA in Singapore
(2nd – 4th December 2015, Singapore, Asia).
CBRNe threats are becoming a consistent threat across different regions of the world. CBRNe Summit Asia will discuss the threats faced in the Asia-Pacific region and review the current capabilities of both the military and civilian agencies at combating a CBRNe threat.

Many intelligence agencies are becoming more concerned about the threat of a biological attack on a city, shopping mall, metro/underground station or government building. CBRNe Summit Asia will focus on the Medical Intelligence used by the civil and military organisations to help prepare or counter a biological threat.

CBRNe Summit Asia will bring together leading officials from regional Armed Forces, Hospitals, Intelligence Agencies, Civil Defence Agencies, Fire Departments, National Police Forces and leading CBRNe commercial companies.

Esteemed Speaker List:

•  Dr. Ted Herbosa, Under Secretary, Department of Health, Philippines
• Brigadier PP Malhotra, Deputy Director General, Perspective Planning (CBRN), General  Staff, Indian Army
• Colonel Dr Pisutti Dararutana, Chief, Research and Development, Chemical Department, Royal Thai Army
• Colonel Ronny Asnawi Asri, Deputy Director, National Counter Terrorism Agency, Indonesia
• Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Allen, Foreign Consequence Management, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), U.S. Department of Defense
• Lieutenant Colonel Yulianto Rombey, Commander of Detachment E/CBRN, 1st Regiment Gegana Mobile Brigade Corps, National Police Force, Indonesia
• Major Andrea Gloria, Protection Course Director and Instructor, Protection Department, NATO School Oberammergau
• Brett Hickman, Manager Detection Technology, Clearance Services Directorate - Verification and Systems Branch, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
• Dr. Michael Thornton, Head, EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence, European Commission
• Dr. Francesco Marelli, CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
• Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
• Dr. Alzamani Idrose, Consultant, Emergency Physician, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia
• Dr. Sabai Phyu, Deputy Director – Operations, BSL-3 Core Facility, Dean’s Officer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore
•LiYen Chang, Deputy Director, Tropical Diseases Research & Education Centre, Malaysia

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We are supporting CBRNe Workshop in Prague (16th – 17th October 2014, Prague, Czech Republic).

The JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence is supporting this international event and has provided assistance in shaping the agenda to make sure attendees hear from the leading CBRNe experts in the region and the key topics within the CBRN Domain.

CBRNe is a topic that has been widely mentioned in the world’s media with the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the threat it has caused to civilians. This had led to an international response to combat chemical weapons from existing. Furthermore, it has led to many defence ministries across Europe wanting to create efficient defence barriers/detection against a CBRNe attack in their country.

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To view the full agenda please visit natoexhibition.org/workshop.




“Scientific results cannot be used efficiently by soldiers who have no understanding of them, and scientists cannot produce results useful for warfare without an understanding of the operations.”

Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963)

While international security and stability are today challenged by a multitude of phenomena, nation-state efforts to develop or acquire WMD and their delivery systems still constitute one of major threat to the worldwide security, deployed troops, and allies. Traditionally, international agreements and diplomacy have deterred most nation-states from acquiring biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, but these constraints may be less effective in preventing terrorist groups from doing so. The time when only a few states had access to the most dangerous technologies is past. Biological and chemical material and technologies, almost always dual-use, move easily in globalized economy, as do the personnel with scientific expertise to design and use them. The latest discoveries in the life sciences also diffuse globally and rapidly.

CBRN threat requires swift and coordinated response from multiple agencies and synergy among all stakeholders. Management of response to such incidents has assumed critical importance and requires specialized training and dedicated equipment.

The OPEN NATO CBRN Workshop will provide a unique forum for the exchange of CBRN information and ideas among CBRN defence policy makers, doctrine thinkers, incident responders, technology developers, acquisition professionals, and the supporting defence industry. This exchange will focus on the better understanding and increased responsiveness to CBRN user’s needs. Selected speakers from CBRN defence stakeholder organizations and agencies worldwide will discuss current issues and future direction. The exhibition will showcase the broad array of CBRN defence equipment and technologies. Our goals for OPEN NATO CBRN Workshop and exhibition are simple, but bold: to raise an awareness and participation of the diverse joint, interagency, intergovernmental, multinational industry, and academia interest of the CBRN defence community, to promote greater participation in global CBRN defence dialogue and ultimately leverage CBRN community to provide the best support possible to current operations and soldiers.

The OPEN NATO CBRN Workshop is a two-day professional workshop divided into four thematic sessions:

  1. Session A - Security Policy Aspects in CBRND
    • Current WMD Proliferation Threats
    • Illicit Technology Proliferation
    • Terrorism
    • Piracy
    • Organized Crime
    • Lesson Learnt from the Investigation of Alleged Use of CWA in Syria
    • Current Problems with Syrians’ CWA Stockpiles Disposal
  2. Session B - CBRND Capabilities
    • Development of CBRN Defence Capabilities
    • WMD Disablement (CBRN Render-Safe)
    • CBRN Reach-back and Information Sharing
    • W&R System and CBRN Hazard Prediction
    • CBRN Medical Readiness and Countermeasures
    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Civil-Emergency Planning
    • International and Interagency Cooperation
  3. Session C - CBRN Protection – National Concepts
    • National Concepts and Approaches to CBRND
    • CBRN Training and Simulation
    • Experience from CBRN Support to HVE’s
    • CBRN Lessons Learned from OEF (Iraq, Afghanistan)
    • Experience from OEF-HOA
  4. Session D - Research & Development/Industry
    • CBRN Defence Equipment Acquisition Outlook
    • CBRN Technology Development Highlights
    • Trends and Challenges in CBRN-related R&D
    • Trends and Challenges in CBRN Defence Market

See you on Open NATO CBRN Workshop, 16 – 17 October 2014.