Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 • 33 The HISTRIA The setting, now known as HISTRIA, was at that time very basic and only developed sufficiently to support a deployment exercise with no main events and main incidents lists (MEL/MIL). It needed substantial work in order to be used to support an operational level exercise so that if the surface was scratched by an HQ staff there was enough depth to support detailed analysis and planning. Under a considerably reduced timeline of 5 months, the JFTC Scenario Team, led by Howard Chaganis1 , set to work creating all the additional documentation to bring the scenario to life, most notably the unconventional/hybrid threat within the region needed to be established. Numerous elements had to be created in parallel to the JFCNP OPLAN development, and many products were produced “on demand” whenever a requirement arose. Country books had to be written for all fictitious states, and fact files made for all organisations active in the Ponuxin Sea area. All strategic documentation had to be created, as well as all information on “red” (enemy) and “green” (host nation) forces organisation and locations, for land, air and maritime forces. A new road to crisis and a road to STARTEX (start of the exercise) had to be written that would give the training audience a full understanding of the crisis in the Ponuxin Sea region, and the activities executed by the deployed NATO forces prior to beginning of the exercise. Preparation Scenario development is of course just only one of many tasks of the ODE. A few (of many more) are highlighted below: MEL/MIL (Main Events List/ Main Incident List) The MEL/MIL contains all scripted “exercise play”; it triggers decisions and activities in the Training Audience, thereby achieving the Exercise and Training Objectives. The MEL/MIL was developed under the experienced lead of MAJ Sergio Villacorta; during the MEL/MIL Strategy Workshop, Incident Development Workshop and Scripting Workshop, all conducted in JFTC, dozens of storylines were developed and more than six hundred injects scripted. White Cell The White Cell is a response cell that is composed of subject matter experts or role players representing agencies, organisations, institutions and individuals outside of the NATO force structure and outside of the opposing forces structure. For TRJT17 most White Cell members had to be contracted. A civilian company provided the team that created all exercise media play, replicating print media, TV and social media. In addition, multiple experts were contracted to portray key positions within the Host Nation (in this scenario Romania), International Organisations & Non-Governmental organisations. This aspect of the exercise was critical to allow the training audience to focus on the comprehensive approach and conduct engagements with the host nation that would be crucial during a real-world operation. CIS (Communication and Information Systems) For real life NATO Response Force missions, JFCNP uses the Mission Information Room (MIR), the system that the staff members log-in to access the servers in Naples and allows them to use all software applications, Functional Area Services (FAS) and store their data. In the case of TRJT17, with most participants deployed to Bydgoszcz but working on the Naples MIR, this required a connection with considerable bandwidth between the two locations. As challenging as the situation might have seemed, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) was able to provide all necessary support to make the event succesful. RLS (Real Life Support) & Protocol With hundreds of exercise participants traveling to Bydgoszcz, all requiring accommodation, meals and transportation, there was a significant RLS demand. From the moment of the exercise participants arrival in Poland until departure the JFTC RLS team, under the lead of Mrs. Magdalena Rydygier, supported them all and did an excellent job throughout the preparation and execution phase of the exercise. The JFTC Protocol Office, led by Ms. Maria Kowalska, took care of all Flag Officers/ General Officers (FOGO), and with 18 FOGOs taking part in or visiting the exercise, they had their hands full. Nevertheless, all left being more than satisfied with the outstanding support provided. Execution TRJT17 started after five days of EXCON training, on 11 September 2017 with a Change of Command and Change of Control process between the HQ in Naples and the deployed HQ in Bydgoszcz including flying in the relevant tranches of personnel at the corresponding time. One issue that had already been identified during the preceding Key Leader Training & Academics was the way complexities of the unconventional activities within the scenario had been captured within the OPLAN.