4 • Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 It was the second time the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) exercised in Bydgoszcz, Poland, as the NATO Response Force (NRF) lead headquarters. Building on firm foundations, laid down during previous events devoted to NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure, the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) directed yet another complex computer assisted exercise based on a fictitious, non-Article 5 crisis response operation scenario. Brilliant Joust 2018 was executed between 7 and 22 March 2018 with JFTC as the Officer Directing Exercise (ODE). With more than 600 participants in place – including JFCBS personnel as well as members of four NRF 2018 component commands: NATO Rapid Deployable Corps- Italy, French Maritime Force, German Joint Force Air Command, Spanish Joint Special Operations Command and Joint Logistic Support Group – the exercise was extremely demanding with regard to both the training part and real life arrangements. To meet all the exercise objectives and to fulfill the ODE responsibilities, the preparation phase had to be initiated far in advance. The JFTC team commenced their efforts already in the first quarter of 2017. The Joint Force Training Centre in Brilliant Joust 2018 Tailoring and Execution Directing the Exercise LTC Piotr Kozłowski, JFTC Training Division, Officer of Primary Responsibility for Exercise Brilliant Joust 2018 Radosława Kubiczek, JFTC Public Affairs Office ■