The Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL) Incident Development Workshop for exercise TRIDENT JET 16 (TRJET 16) took place between 7 and 11 September at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway.
TRJET 16 aims to ensure the operational readiness of Headquarters Allied Air Command (HQ AIRCOM) in a Joint Headquarters (JHQ) role, while validating its Full Operational Capability as NATO’s single air command.
Sponsored by Allied Command Transformation (ACT), TRJET 16 will be directed by German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander JWC. The exercise will be fundamental in challenging AIRCOM in the Joint environment covering a wide range of highly realistic operational, political and security dilemmas built upon the JWC-created SOROTAN 1.2 scenario.
The Training Audience, fully immersed in the world of SOROTAN 1.2, will tackle many complex problems of operational relevance to NATO through this air-heavy Non-Article 5 Crisis Response Small Joint Operation (SJO).
To help AIRCOM achieve their JHQ Training Objectives they will be supported by many agencies to include other military Component Commands and civilians replicating international organisations and the host nations of the fictitious "Cerasia" region. With the civilian players, the focus will be on Comprehensive Approach, and the direction of all these supporting actors means that JWC’s role as Officer Directing the Exercise (ODE) is as crucial as for any other exercise.
Through the dialogue and interaction between AIRCOM and the supporting agencies, the TRJET 16 vignettes will address force protection, gender issues, civil/military cooperation, strategic communications and public affairs, lethal/non-lethal targeting, host nation coordination and many more.
JWC’s exercise planners are involved in all the planning phases of TRJET 16, which started with the visit of the U.S. Air Force General Frank Gorenc, NATO's senior Air Advisor and Commander of HQ AIRCOM, to JWC last year.