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Representatives from ten NATO organizations, six partner agencies and other stakeholders came together at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) for the TRIDENT JAVELIN 2017 (TRJN17) Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL) Strategy Workshop, 10-12 January 2017.

Polish Army Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC, opened the event highlighting TRJN17 as one of the top exercises for NATO in 2017 and the importance of early-stage networking and idea generation between the JWC planners and the Training Audience, with the Strategy Workshop being a tangible example of how cooperation and mutual understanding can positively impact results.

“The Strategy Workshop is a starting point for the development of the overall MEL/MIL structure. TRJN17 is one of the most ambitious of NATO’s TRIDENT exercises yet, providing an opportunity to train nearly the whole NATO Command Structure for the first time in decades,” Reudowicz said. “The workshop will set the foundation for the further development of the exercise scenario, as well as the Opposing Forces' (OPFOR) plans and storylines.”

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Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander Joint Warfare Centre. Photo by JWC PAO.

Major General Reudowicz then encouraged all participants to exchange expertise and to outline challenges as well as best practices in order to achieve a “creative MEL/MIL process”.

“I am convinced that we have the right brain power gathered here to develop the expected outcome of this Strategy Workshop,” he added.

TRIDENT JAVELIN 2017 (TRJN17) is a Command-Post/Computer Assisted Exercise (CPX/CAX) which will be conducted at the level of a Major Joint Operation “Plus” (MJO+) in a NATO Article 5 setting, based on a fictitious scenario created by the JWC.

TRJN17 will be sponsored by Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and directed by Commander JWC.

It will certify Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum) as the enhanced NATO Response Force 2018 (eNRF18) Headquarters, together with its Single Service Commands, LANDCOM and MARCOM.

According to Royal Air Force Wg Cdr Christopher Ball, JWC’s Officer of Primary Responsibility (OPR) for TRJN17, the depth and breadth of the exercise will be impressive.

“This is the first time that NATO will exercise a CPX of this scale,” Ball said at the completion of the event on 12 January. “The main aim of the workshop was to look at and flesh out the operational dilemmas across the six PMESII (Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information and Infrastructure) domains.The output was the result of intellectual labor. I think we achieved that really well.”

“For the JWC team, our next milestone is to paint a specific scenario and setting picture for the Training Audience to ensure that good orders are written; this will set the conditions for success in the execution phase of the exercise,” Ball added.

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“JWC is making a genuine contribution. We ensure that NATO’s forces are tested to the highest standards.”

According to German Army Lieutenant Colonel Peter Mientus, JWC’s Chief MEL/MIL for the exercise, the Strategy Workshop has put the wheels in motion for TRJN17 --- from the MEL/MIL perspective.

“The Strategy Workshop is the starting point of the deeper content development for us,” Mientus said, adding: “I think that brainstorming on operational dilemmas, such as Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD), was the key achievement of the workshop. We evaluate and import these dilemmas into the scenario in order to create necessary operational challenges for NATO.”

JWC’s overall aim is to reinforce the responsiveness and capabilities of NATO’s forces at the operational level. Exercises such as TRJN17 demonstrates that NATO is a determined force, prepared to commit at the largest of scales if and when necessary.

“TRJN17 will have an Article 5 focus, but it will also have significant hybrid warfare aspects. So the MEL/MIL reflects the most challenging operational dilemmas of modern warfare.”

Mientus said that he was looking forward to the exercise.

“At JWC, we feel that we are making a genuine contribution,” he added. “We ensure that NATO’s forces are tested to the highest standards against the most complex threats. So, as the JWC team, we are looking forward to TRIDENT JAVELIN 17.”



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