STAVANGER, Norway – The Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) hosted a Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL) Strategy Workshop on November 16 and 17, in support of NATO’s largest computer-assisted command post exercise (CAX/CPX) next year, STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 (STJU22).
The workshop, which involved both in-person and virtual attendees, aimed to establish a shared understanding of the primary training objectives of the exercise, as well as the geo-strategic situation presented in the fictitious but realistic Article 5 scenario developed by the JWC, specifically focusing on the initial operational challenges.
Several dignitaries arrived at the JWC to support the workshop and receive updates on the current situation, including Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Brice Houdet; Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples) Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Jocelyn Paul; and Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) Deputy Commander, Major General Dariusz Ryczkowski.
STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 is a strategic, operational, and tactical-level exercise designed to train and evaluate NATO Response Force 2023 (NRF23) under the lead of JFC Naples, as well as several other NATO entities, such as Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO).
During STEADFAST JUPITER 2022, General Tod D. Wolters, SACEUR, will serve as the Officer Scheduling the Exercise (OSE), Admiral Robert P. Burke, Commander JFC Naples, will serve as the Officer Conducting the Exercise (OCE), and Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, will serve as the Officer Directing the Exercise (ODE).
“The MEL/MIL Strategy Workshop begins the formal process of building the exercise script,” said Major General Malinowski, in his opening speech. “For more than a year, under the leadership of Lieutenant General Houdet, our teams have done much to set the conditions for success in this exercise. In this workshop, we will continue to build structures to make STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 more concrete. We will develop the strategic and operational dilemmas, which will challenge our wide array of training audiences.”
Major General Malinowski added: “We are faced with an ambitious exercise design and we want training audiences to achieve as many training objectives as possible. This is best done by setting clear expectations, agreeing to the levels of ambition, and committing to the scripting process. The high level attendance to this workshop is a clear proof of such commitment.”
Lieutenant General Jocelyn Paul, the Deputy Commander of JFC Naples, noted that the exercise would expand beyond the scope of the previous exercises, “forcing staffs to operate beyond their comfort zones and developing greater cohesion amongst NATO partners and allies.”
Lieutenant General Paul said, “The lessons learned through this complex exercise will serve to hone the skills necessary to counter emergent threats to NATO and its Allies.”
Exercise STEADFAST JUPITER 2022 will contribute to the concept for the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area (DDA), validate a variety of joint capabilities, and strengthen NATO’s 360-degree approach to deterrence and defence involving different joint operations areas.
Photos from the Workshop
From left: JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Douglas K. Clark; JFC Naples Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Jocelyn Paul; SHAPE Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Brice Houdet; JWC Commander, Major General Piotr Malinowski; JSEC Deputy Commander, Major General Dariusz Ryczkowski, and Special Advisor to Commander JWC, Commodore Knut Rief Armo