STAVANGER, Norway – The computer-assisted command post exercise (CAX/CPX) portion of the three-layer NATO Exercise STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 (STJU22) concluded on October 20, 2022.
Sponsored by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and directed by the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), the tactical-level CAX/CPX was designed to train and evaluate 1 German-Netherlands Corps (1GNC) for NATO Response Force 2023 (NRF23), under the lead of Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples).
Twenty-seven NATO and partner nations, as well as a large number of NATO commands and organizations, including four NATO Centres of Excellence and two non-governmental organizations, participated in the JWC-directed exercise control (EXCON) organization during STJU22.
Based on a fictitious Article 5 scenario, the tactical-level exercise focused on strengthening 1GNC’s readiness and interoperability across a range of multi-domain warfighting challenges, including those related to human security, which includes the protection of civilians as part of NATO’s overall approach to crisis prevention and management.
Major General Piotr Malinowski, the JWC’s Commander, said: “STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 provided a very challenging training environment for 1 German-Netherlands Corps and helped it become an even more effective NATO high readiness force headquarters.”
The Commander added: “For almost two decades, the JWC has mastered the art of delivering operational level exercises. STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 is the JWC’s foray into the tactical level. And, my team delivered most efficiently, providing the 1 German-Netherlands Corps the opportunity to refine their collective capabilities and consequently make NATO better.”
“STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 provided a very challenging training environment for 1 German-Netherlands Corps and helped it become an even more effective NATO high readiness force headquarters.”
Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC
The EXCON response cells included personnel from multiple NATO commands and entities, including the JWC, Allied Air Command, the German 37th Panzergrenadier Brigade, United Kingdom Strike Force, the Joint Logistics Support Group Headquarters Brunssum amongst others, as well as trusted agents and role-players from 1GNC and Joint Force Command Brunssum and a combat readiness evaluation team from Allied Land Command.
Three centres of excellence – the NATO Human Intelligence Centre of Excellence, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence – supported the exercise. Additionally, the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations in Sweden also participated in the EXCON.
The JWC’s lead planner for the exercise, Navy Commander Peter Williams, noted that the exercise played a key role in strengthening 1GNC’s ability to command and control a land-heavy small joint operation.
“To bring this exercise to its start line took 18 months of planning and design work to meet the aim of preparing 1 German-Netherlands Corps for their role in the NATO Response Force from January 2023. It was really pleasing to see how quickly the EXCON came together and ran the execution phase. The success of this exercise is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and adaptability from a wide range of the JWC staff.”
About 700 civilian and military personnel supported the tactical-level CAX/CPX.
Lieutenant General Nico Tak, the 1GNC Commander, said: “We conducted a very successful exercise and are now ready to command the land troops of the NATO Response Force. We are fighting fit, ready for the mission. We are strong together.”
In addition to the 1GNC element, the multi-level STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 also involves a separate vignette-based exercise for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) at the strategic level (Layer 1), and battle staff training for Joint Force Command Naples at the operational level (Layer 2).
“We conducted a very successful exercise and are now ready to command the land troops of the NATO Response Force. We are fighting fit, ready for the mission. We are strong together.”
Lieutenant General Nico Tak, Commander 1GNC
EXERCISE STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 AT A GLANCE
Layer 1: Vignette-based exercise for SHAPE (strategic level)
Layer 2: Battle staff exercise for JFC Naples (operational level)
Layer 3: CAX/CPX for 1GNC (tactical level)
October 11–20, 2022
Nearly 700 military and civilian personnel
To train and evaluate 1GNC for NRF23 under the lead of JFC Naples
- Officer Scheduling the Exercise (OSE):
General Christopher G. Cavoli, SACEUR
- Officer Conducting the Exercise (OCE):
Admiral Robert P. Burke, Commander Joint Force Command Naples
- Officer Directing the Exercise (ODE):
Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander Joint Warfare Centre
PHOTOS FROM STJU22