TRIDENT JUPITER 19-1, a two-level (strategic/operational) Computer-Assisted Command Post Exercise involving personnel from more than 30 NATO Member and Partner Nations, as well as governmental and international organizations, began on November 5, 2019, NATO Joint Warfare Center Public Affairs Office reported.
The exercise is being conducted at Joint Warfare Centre, Joint Force Command Brunssum and aboard USS Mount Whitney where STRIKFORNATO team is embarked.
The exercise, sponsored by NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and directed by the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), demonstrates the Alliance’s commitment to collective defence and security in a complex threat environment based on a fictitious Article 5 scenario, including training themes such as civil protection, civil-military cooperation and emergency preparedness that are closely linked to the total defence concept.
TRIDENT JUPITER will test and evaluate the ability of land, maritime, air, and special operations component commands of the NATO Response Force 2020 (NRF20) to plan and conduct Small Joint Operations within a designated joint operations area and certify the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) as a NATO Expanded Task Force.
TRIDENT JUPITER is the first iteration of NATO’s groundbreaking TRIDENT JUPITER 19 Exercise Campaign, which consists of two linked Computer-Assisted Command Post Exercises directed by the JWC, as well as the one-level (tactical/land-centric) LOYAL LEDA, which will be directed by the Joint Force Training Centre in 2020.
TRIDENT JUPITER will involve twelve Training Audiences at nine different exercise locations across Europe, including USS Mount Whitney, the command and control ship for STRIKFORNATO.
More than 3,000 civilian and military staff will work together in the exercise as participants, evaluators and observers.