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STAVANGER, Norway – The Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL) Scripting Workshop for Exercise STEADFAST JACKAL 2023 (STJA23) concluded on September 21 at NATO Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) following two-weeks of intensive cooperative effort.

More than 180 personnel from 18 nations participated in the workshop, which is the final step in the MEL/MIL process before the exercise kicks off in November.

Directed by the JWC, the computer-assisted command post exercise (CAX/CPX) will train and evaluate Eurocorps as a NATO Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters for 2024, together with the Spanish Logistics Brigade, serving as the Joint Logistics Support Group (JLSG), and the Spanish Joint Force Air Component (JFAC).

During the workshop, exercise content developers produced nearly 800 injects based on the fictitious training scenario created by the JWC, covering all training objectives identified by Eurocorps – the main training audience for STJA23. Complimentary to this scripted content, the JWC’s CAX operators finalized the exercise’s simulated content, generated by the Joint Theatre Level Simulation.

The operational and tactical level exercise aims to test Eurocorps via fictitious but credible and realistic scenario in planning and conducting a non-Article 5 crisis response operation against a hybrid adversary, focusing on the land, air, and cyberspace domains.

STJA23 will enhance coordination and cooperation between the participating NATO units and commands; strengthen their ability to conduct operations beyond NATO’s borders integrating a comprehensive civilian and military approach, and exercise command and control during a humanitarian and security crisis.

The JWC’s lead planner for STJA23, Lieutenant Colonel James Rossell, explained that the cohesion between different organizations, including various NATO Centres of Excellence and IO/NGOs, has been the key to success during the workshop.

Rossell said: "We have been extremely fortunate to have such highly specialized individuals within the Alliance that can contribute to building a realistic exercise that keeps NATO prepared for an out-of-area operation."

Significantly, STJA23 is the last exercise in the STEADFAST JACKAL series of exercises, which the JWC has directed since 2019 with NATO Rapid Deployable Corps–Spain (NRDC–ESP) being the very first training audience.

 

STJA23 will enhance coordination and cooperation between the participating NATO units and commands; strengthen their ability to conduct operations beyond NATO’s borders integrating a comprehensive civilian and military approach, and exercise command and control during a humanitarian and security crisis.

 

In addition to various NATO commands including SHAPE, the Joint Force Commands, the Joint Support Enabling Command, and NATO Special Operations Headquarters, the following NATO Centres of Excellence participated in the workshop:
 

  • NATO Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence
  • NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence
  • NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence
  • NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence
  • NATO Human Intelligence Centre of Excellence


Other participating organizations to the workshop included the Bundeswehr Operational Communication Centre, Norwegian Defence Staff and Norwegian Joint Headquarters, the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations, as well as various international and non-governmental organizations.

Sarah Denieul, from the JWC’s gender advisory team, explained that with the cooperation of the JWC’s STJA23 lead planners, they invited the Norwegian Navy Gender Advisor (GENAD), the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Services GENAD and the newly appointed Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) GENAD to attend the workshop in a learning, observing, and knowledge-sharing capacity.  

The Norwegian gender advisors joined meetings with actors from military units, the civilian society and international and non-governmental organizations.

“Networking with military and civilian actors during the scripting for STJA23 was a very useful experience that has provided us with ideas and inspiration to take back to our different areas within the Norwegian Armed Forces,” said the NJHQ GENAD.

Established on October 23, 2003, the JWC provides NATO’s training focal point for full-spectrum joint operational- and strategic-level warfare. This year marks the JWC's 20th anniversary in Stavanger, Norway.

 

Photos from the workshop:

 

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