Brunssum, The Netherlands – General Farina, Com JFCBS, and Admiral Foggo, Com JFCNP, co-chaired the 2nd Bi-JFC Vision Conference.
General Farina opened the Bi-JFC Vision Conference by welcoming the many
subordinate commanders in attendance before talking about the separate,
but closely linked, nature of the two Commands, stating that "we are
brother commanders" and highlighting the increased synchronization
between the Headquarters. Commander JFCBS went on to set the tone for
the event as "a unique opportunity to gather both NRF (NATO Response
Force) communities to focus not only on the challenges of NRF, but on
the wider issues" facing NATO. Admiral Foggo welcomed the opportunity to
reflect upon 2017, to examine the many dynamic threats that NATO still
faces, and to focus on NATO deterrence, specifically: capability,
credibility and communication.
The conference addressed the key issues currently facing the 2
Commands, drawing upon lessons learned by JFCNP during stand-by (NRF17)
and by JFCBS in their run-up to stand-by (NRF18). The NATO enhanced
Forward Presence, training & exercises, the integration of forces
and broader NRF issues are just some of the topics that will be
examined. The key message from Com JFCBS for the conference participants
was that "debate is key" to determining the solutions to the challenges
that we, as NATO, are facing.
Story by Public Affairs Office JFC Brunssum