NATO Announces 25,000-Troop Strike Force War Games

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations

January 16, 2015

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 Academics

Trident Juncture 2015 (TRJE15) is a high visibility exercise that will showcase NATO on the world stage. It will take place from 28 September to 06 November in multiple locations across the Alliance including Italy, Portugal and Spain. Over 25,000 troops are expected to participate.

The purpose of TRJE15 is to train and test the NATO Response Force, a high readiness and technologically advanced force comprising of land, air, maritime and special forces units capable of being deployed quickly on operations wherever needed. The exercise represents the final step in the certification process for the command and control elements of the NRF for 2016 where JFC Brunssum will be the on-call Standby Command. The exercise will also allow Allies and partners the occasion to train, deploy and exercise in a complex and distributed environment.

This week from 12 till 16 January JFC Brunssum hosted a demanding and informative training program designed to establish the conceptual baseline underpinning TRJE15 participation. Amongst other topics the complicated crisis response scenario was briefed whilst, in particular, the opportunity was taken to: discuss lessons learned from previous exercises/missions; remind of the impact of a comprehensive approach; highlight the criticality of a sound legal framework; and debate the importance of strategic communications.

In his closing remarks General Hans-Lothar Domrőse, Command JFC Brunssum and designated Commander NRF 16, emphasised the vital importance of ensuring we have well trained People implementing efficient Processes that generate high quality Products which translate into appropriate and timely actions of forces.