Second Northern Headquarters’ Conference
17 Dec 2015
The second Northern Headquarters’ Conference was conducted 16 Dec at Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast, Szczecin, Poland.
In his opening remarks General Hans-Lothar Domröse, Commander JFC Brunssum, emphasized the importance of partnership and transparency in the Northeastern flank of Alliance territory, identifying collective defence as a common interest for all stakeholders. He also stated that decisions taken during the Wales Summit (Newport 2014) have culminated in a number of important tasks such as: Persistent Presence; an increased exercise and training tempo; and a new role for Multinational Corps Northeast (MNCNE) such that the Corps is the main stakeholder, as well as first responder, to any crisis in the region. Moreover, the significance of NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUs) within the NATO Force structure was highlighted. The NFIUs not only provide an essential link between the host nations and NATO but are a flagbearer of Alliance commitment to Article V of the Washington Treaty.
An ambitious 2016 exercise plan was General’s Domröse final point of emphasis. The overall aim of the training will be to enhance cooperation and interoperability, especially with the enhanced NATO Response Force (NRF) and Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The VJTF was defined not only in terms of land forces (Land Brigade), but also airborne and naval units – all ready to act 365 days per year.
In drawing his remarks to a close General Domröse applauded the strong relationships NATO enjoys with the partner nations, Finland and Sweden, in the region.