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Transformation Through Training Issue No 7 July 2015 7 this was not an issue we always kept the two types of exercise separate using JTLS at the JWC for joint operational level exercises and JCATS at our centre for below joint operational and Afghan Mission training. Today and in the foreseeable future we have to integrate multiple levels of training into a single comprehensive exercise which means these two systems must be linked. Although previously more ambitious project to federate the two simulations as a whole have failed I think we can this time succeed by limiting the data that has to be exchanged between the two systems by using new technical support tools and services. Thus we can use our experience with JCATS the JFTC is the NATO custodian of JCATS - to support the evolving mission. The training for VJTF and NFIU will make our work much more challenging on the one hand. On the other we can prove that providing and using our given capabilities the JFTC can make a difference for the level of training execution. The new exercises in particular VJTF are far more CAX and CIS extensive than those the JFTC has been involved in by now. Were going to go from simple CIS support at a single location to a large scale possibly even distributed exercise involving multiple training audience at multiple locations using a complex simulation driven synthetic environment. In short our work load will grow exponentially in scope and complexity in the upcoming months. Of course we have been anticipating this for some time. The Wargaming Branch was shaping the battlefield for example by participating in the Modeling and Simulations functional area in CWIX and by conducting simulation tests using the South East European Exercise and Training Network Exercise Balkan Bridges 2015 that prepared us for many of the challenges that we will face with NRFVJTF training. Our goal is to provide a state of the art training support to set the stage for exercises reflecting the operational reality train as you operate. If you were to describe the position of the JFTC in the NATO training network where would it be Would execution of NATO training programme be possible without the JFTC Possible maybe yes. What I am sure of is that the quality of NATO training would be incomparably lower without what is undertaken and done in Bydgoszcz. It happens very often that commanding generals who visit us for the first time observe what we do here in what conditions what tools or equipment we use also SMEs who cooperate with us and they see clearly that training at the JFTC is simply irreplaceable. Only with the JFTC is the NATO training programme complete. Eleven years ago the JFTC was established as a smaller element of the NATO training network. We have become one of the key players and our presence and work are an indispensable part of the Alliances training system. I would like to use this opportunity to thank and to congratulate my staff. They deserve appreciation for their hard work professionalism and devotion every day however not every day do I have a possibility to express my gratitude and admiration for what they do. I would like the JFTC staff to feel proud of what we are achieving and to know that our work is highly respected in the Alliance and the difference it makes is invaluable. Questions asked by the JFTC Public Affairs Office