How to prepare a STANAG 6001 level 3 BRIEFING

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Every briefing at level 3 has the same structure.
You have 15 minutes to prepare it and take notes which you can use while you speak.
The briefing should take 3-4 minutes and the timing is crucial.
Its aim is to present two possible solutions to a problem, describe their advantages and disadvantages and recommend one of them.
Let’s look at a briefing topic as you get it at the exam.


Unknown perpetrators broke into your base last night as the monitoring system was out of service. You have been tasked with delivering a briefing on two possible solutions to this problem, describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one of them and justify your choice.

  • repairing the old monitoring system

  • buying a new monitoring system

  • other


So what is the structure of every briefing? There are a few parts we can distinguish:



present yourself (name, function)
state the purpose of your briefing
signal the agenda

describe solution 1 with its advantages (2-3) and disadvantages (2-3)
describe solution 2 with its advantages (2-3) and disadvantages (2-3)

recommend one of the solutions and justify your choice

ask for questions

What should you remember about?
  1. Please notice that there are three suggested solutions in the exam question:
  • solution 1
  • solution 2
  • other
‘Other’ means that you can invent your own solution to accompany one of the two offered on the card.
You are required to describe only two of them and recommend one.
Never describe three solutions or a mixed solution made up of the other two.
Never recommend a mixed solution.
2. When you make notes, don’t write the full text, only bullet points. Reading is not allowed at the exam and is penalised.
3. Remember to structure your briefing and signal each time you begin a new section in the structure. It will make life easier for the person listening to you and will make your briefing better organised.
4. Don’t make the introduction too long. The most important is the content of the arguments you provide to describe solutions.
To structure your briefing use the expressions that signal the beginning of a new idea.
The following BRIEFING LAYOUT is an example of how it could be done.



Good morning/afternoon…
My name is… I am…
I have been tasked to deliver a briefing on…/The purpose of this briefing is
to present…
I have divided my presentation into two parts. In part 1, I will present… In
part 2, I will discuss…

Solution 1
Let me start with solution 1, which is…
It has at least 2 advantages…
However, it also has some drawbacks…

Solution 2
I will now move on to solution 2, which is…
I would like to show you the advantages of this option.
On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages of this solution.

Recommendation (with justification)
To sum up, I would like to recommend solution … because…

Inviting questions

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them now.

After the briefing, you will be asked questions or you will receive comments about it from the second candidate. Answer them briefly. You have 1-2 minutes for this little Q&A session.
If you find this information useful, let me know. If you have any questions about the briefing, don’t hesitate to ask.

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