Approximately 5000 personnel, working in 18 different NATO locations participated in a highly complex training programme focused on sustaining/improving the interoperability of Allied forces, whilst concurrently, deterring potential adversaries from invading allied NATO nations.
While the exercise scenario itself was fictitious and based on a threat from notional adversaries, participants gained real training value as a result of learning how to deter notional threats in real-time.
Accordingly, participating personnel improved their professional knowledge, learned how to interact with other staff sections to maximum effect, and built robust personal networks that will assist them throughout their time at JFCBS.
This important test of staff functions and processes validated concepts, procedures and systems, and certified JFCBS for its NATO Response Force 2022 standby Command role that it will assume from JFC Naples on 01 January 2022.
"This was NATO's first ever Exercise in which we focused on deterrence and building up a force for robust defence. I am proud of the dedication our personnel demonstrated towards getting it right and identifying options for improvement during this scenario," said General Jörg Vollmer, "the key to readiness is to always keep learning and improving, and they did that continually."