On Monday 21st of September, NRDC-ITA started Battle Staff Training-1 (BST-1) for exercises Eagle Ready 15 and Eagle Vision 15, which will take place in November. The first of these exercises will train the Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team, and the second will train the Joint Operational Planning Group. BST-1 is aimed at familiarizing NRDC Italy personnel with the planning procedures at operational level and with the required interactions between the two teams. Subject Matters Experts from the HQ, as well as from the Academic world, presented several briefings to the Training Audience. Italian Army Brigadier General Luca Fontana, NRDC-ITA OLRT team leader met one of the experts, Mr. Massimo Franchi, a Reserve Officer of the Italian Army who specializes in negotiation techniques.Of the meeting and training, Brigadier Fontana said “This is an important moment to increase our knowledge and skills. Winning “hearts and minds” and developing collaborative relationships with audiences nowadays is essential for the achievement of peace and stability as well as for the collection of information”.