“For Joint Warfare Centre, Admiral Foggo’s visit highlights the importance of our work on behalf of the Alliance, most especially Joint Force Command Naples as TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 continues,” Rear Admiral James A. Kirk, JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff
Admiral James G. Foggo III, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples) and Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, visited NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 where he met with senior military leaders to discuss NATO Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018.
Admiral Foggo was greeted by Rear Admiral James A. Kirk, JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, and Lieutenant General Christian Juneau, Deputy Commander of JFC Naples, who has been acting as the Exercise Director from the JWC in Stavanger, Norway, since 24 October.
Taking it to the next level: TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 Command Post Exercise to kick off mid-November
Under Admiral Foggo’s command, TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 is NATO’s largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on two major components: the Live Exercise (LIVEX) and a separate Computer-Assisted Command Post Exercise (CAX/CPX) that aims to train command and control procedures of NATO Response Force 2019 (NRF19), led by Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples).
The LIVEX portion which has been taking place in central and eastern Norway, the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, Iceland, and within the airspace of Finland and Sweden, wrapped up today. But, the exercise itself is far from being over and done with. The forthcoming CAX/CPX portion of TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 will be directed by Polish Army Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), who is designated as the ODE, or, Officer Directing the Exercise.
Overall, TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 is designed to test NATO’s ability to plan and conduct a major collective defence operation – from troop training at the tactical level, to command over large forces and it will be based upon a fictitious but realistic Article 5 scenario, created by the JWC over a period of 24 months, simulating “peer to peer” conflict.
During his visit in the JWC, Admiral Foggo addressed the Exercise Control (EXCON) element from JFC Naples and highlighted, among other topics, the importance of the CPX portion of TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 by saying, “a lot of you will come back to the headquarters or stay here and roll right into the CPX. The Command Post Exercise is our certification for the NRF in 2019, and it is really important.”
The JWC-led CPX is designed to increase NATO’s multinational interoperability and cooperation with Partner Nations Sweden and Finland and enhance the ability to conduct large-scale and high-intensity Major Joint Operations against a peer adversary within NATO’s area of responsibility. It will demonstrate the JWC’s key role in testing and validating the full spectrum of joint operational-level warfare, and also contribute to the improvement of interoperability in an increasingly diverse and unpredictable security environment.
Reflecting on today’s visit and TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018, Rear Admiral Kirk, who will also serve as Deputy Exercise Director during the CPX, said: “As Commander of Joint Force Command Naples, Admiral Foggo had an opportunity to see his headquarters team in action at the Joint Warfare Centre as the Live Exercise portion of TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 winds down and the transition to the Command Post Exercise begins. Where the LIVEX ensures we are trained and ready to operate at the tactical level of warfare across the Alliance, the CPX provides us the opportunity to do the same at the operational level of warfare. In the coming weeks, over a thousand NATO service members will gather at JWC to ensure JFC Naples is provided with a comprehensive and realistic training environment for collective defence situation for the Alliance."
"For Joint Warfare Centre, Admiral Foggo’s visit highlights the importance of our work on behalf of the Alliance, most especially JFC Naples as TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 continues," Kirk added.