The two-week testing period was kicked off by Rear Admiral James A. Kirk, JWC’s Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, on Feb. 17, 2020. During this period, key CIS configuration changes will be implemented to successfully deliver NATO’s largest and most complex Command Post Exercise (CPX) this year, TRIDENT JUPITER 2019-2 (TRJU19-2).
Lieutenant Colonel Dieter Heumueller, JWC’s Head Information Management and Command, Control, Computer and Communication (IM/C4) Branch, said that the ongoing event was an essential milestone in Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation's (HQ SACT) Mitigation Plan to test the IT infrastructure capacity uplift for the JWC in order to get a realistic picture about the performance quality for the core business services.
The testing period is a major NATO joint effort and intensive collaboration over the last couple of weeks between HQ SACT Joint Force Developer (JFD), NCI Agency Education and Training Service Line, JWC CAX and IM/C4 Branches as well as an external JTLS Rolands & Associates (R&A) vendor, based on a mutually developed performance testing scenario.
“We are facing a significant increase of complexity in exercises at the joint operational level. Our CIS tools and functional services must be fit-for-purpose to cope with these increased exercise requirements better,” Lieutenant Colonel Heumueller said. "It is time to get the training centre IT-infrastructure uplifted and the tools and services tailored to the JWC's turn-key and state-of-the-art mission requirements."
On Feb. 18, Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack, Commander JWC, also visited the training facility to observe the ongoing IT services performance test.