EVENTS In Retrospect Life at JFTC 32 • Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 EXERCISE TRIDENT JOUST 2017 Hybrid threat in Tulcea County Aran, Bastan and Valahia, three states around the Ponuxin Sea, have big ambitions and under the Bratistan Federation intend on controlling all lands around it, including Romania and Bulgaria. Controlling Tulcea County, a disputed part of Romania, will help to achieve those ambitions; whoever controls Tulcea County controls the Ponuxin Sea oil and gas deposits. With a refugee crisis in the north, Bratistan Federation military exercises at land and sea, and increasing hybrid activities in Tulcea County, Romania feels threatened enough to request NATO support. NATO immediately deploys parts of the NATO Response Force (NRF) to assist Romania and deter Bratistan aggression. Soldiers that have served in NATO for a while are often very familiar with the SKOLKAN and SOROTAN/CERASIA settings. Exercise TRIDENT JOUST 2017 (TRJT17) offered something a little different. Not just a different setting (HISTRIA), but also the deployment into a NATO nation, a focus on the deterrence phase, and the very high level of hybrid activities, made TRJT17 even for the most experienced HQ challenging. Exercise specifications TRJT17 was an Allied Command Transformation (ACT) sponsored Battle Staff Training/ Command Post Exercise (BST/CPX) with Headquarters Joint Force Command Naples (JFCNP) as training audience, and was executed between 6 and 20 September 2017. The aim was to train and increase JFCNP’s capability and capacity for deploying a Joint Task Force HQ and operating forward (in the exercise play in Romania, but in reality, in Bydgoszcz, Poland). In addition, TRJT17 provided newcomer staff training after the summer rotation. JFCNP deployed almost 350 soldiers forward to JFTC, and participated with hundreds of staff as reachback from the HQ in Naples. Commander Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Major General Wilhelm Grün, acted as Officer Directing the Exercise (ODE). The Exercise Control Organisation (EXCON) was entirely based in Bydgoszcz, and included Response Cells provided by HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC, Land Component Command), and the United Kingdom Joint Force Air Component (UK JFAC, Air Component Command). Poland filled the positions of the Maritime Component Command (MCC), and Romania the Special Operations Component Command (SOCC). Support was also provided by Multinational Division South East (MNDSE) and the NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU’s). Including all exercise support, EXCON was more than 265 military and civilian personnel in total. Planning Initially, JFCNP intended to deploy forward to Taranto, Italy, and use the NATO capability package CP156. (CP156 contains all tents, furniture and equipment that an HQ such as JFCNP would require when it would deploy). During the exercise planning process it became clear that using JFTC as the exercise location would be considerably more cost effective. Based on real world focuses, JFCNP requested a change to the scenario for the exercise. Instead of using SOROTAN, the same scenario as used for exercise NOBLE JUMP 2017: HISTRIA. There would not be time however to do full Crisis Response Planning; instead JFCNP would adjust an existing operation plan (OPLAN) to fit the new scenario. MAJ Jan Bos, JFTC Training Division ■