NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre hosted a wargame on 11 April 2019 to validate the scenario which will be used in Exercise STEADFAST JUPITER-JACKAL 2020.

British Army Major General Gary Deakin OBE CBE, Deputy Chief of Staff Plans at Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples), visited the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on 11 April 2019 to lead the STEADFAST JUPITER-JACKAL 2020 (STJU-JA20) inaugural scenario wargame.

Major General Deakin was greeted by Polish Army Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC. Following the initial meeting, Major General Deakin went on to lead the exercise wargame; the capstone event of the ongoing STJU-JA20 Exercise Planning Group Meeting at the JWC, which started on 9 April with more than 60 participants from throughout NATO including exercise planners, trusted agents and subject matter experts.

The planning event was opened by Major General Reudowicz who emphasized in his speech the importance of cooperation and collaboration during the planning phase in order to streamline processes and create tangible results that support the Exercise and Training Objectives of STJU-JA20’s multiple Training Audiences.

Wing Commander John Watson, JWC’s Officer of Primary Responsibility for the exercise, said that JWC staff contributed to an intense Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)-led agenda during which participants reviewed, coordinated and synchronized STJU-JA20 exercise specifications ahead of the main Exercise Specification Conference in June.

During the wargame, which was designed and executed by JFC Naples and facilitated by the JWC, participants explored the complexities of the exercise scenario and collaborated to better inform future exercise planning activities and decision-making.

Sponsored by SHAPE, Exercise STEADFAST JUPITER-JACKAL 2020 is based on an out-of-area non-Article 5 scenario, created and developed by the JWC. STJU-JA20 is also the first exercise in recent years where SACEUR will serve as the Officer Scheduling the Exercise (OSE).

The exercise will be directed by Commander JWC, who is designated as the Officer Directing the Exercise (ODE).

Established in Stavanger, Norway, in 2003, the JWC is the premier collective training establishment of NATO, supporting Alliance military transformation for the joint operational level warfare.

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