Between March 18 and 29 “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” is taking place at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Krtsanisi National Training Centre, near Tbilisi, Georgia. The Exercise was officially opened at the Georgian Ministry of Defence "Army Hall" in Tbilisi on March 18.
NATO-GEO EX19 is an important exercise for Georgia and a significant milestone in strengthening NATO-Georgia military-political cooperation.
It is the second NATO-Georgia joint multinational brigade-level, Computer Assisted, Command Post exercise, where for the first time the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center acts as the Officer Directing the Exercise and the Georgian General Staff has Officer Conducting the Exercise status.
The exercise is further developing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities. It is also testing the ability to adopt a comprehensive approach to a non-article 5 crisis response, involving civil-military cooperation with international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
This is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to take place under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package framework - a series of 15 defence capacity building measures agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014 and intensified at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016. The first NATO-Georgia exercise was conducted in 2016 involving NATO Allied and Partner Nations.
The brigade-level exercise is scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation, conducted by the Georgian General Staff with the mentoring of NATO Land Command, and directed by the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center mentored by NATO Joint Force Training Centre.
The exercise will be comprised of around 350 personnel from 24 Allied Member States and partner countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States; Azerbaijan, Georgia and Sweden.
Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organizations International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) will also be present during the exercise providing direct feedback and mentorship to exercise participants.
A Media Information Centre (MIC) will operate at the exercise location from 18 to 29 March. It will be able to respond to media inquiries.
Media representatives interested in covering the above-mentioned events should apply for accreditation at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia starting from March 11 and ending on March 17 at 13:00 local time. Separate accreditation cards will be issued before the event.
Name - Media organization - Position - Mobile phone number - E-mail - ID number
For additional information please contact:
Strategic Communications & Media Relations Department, Ministry of Defence of Georgia
TRIDENT JUNCTURE18 is NATO’s largest high visibility exercise since 2015, with Norway and Iceland serving as Host Nations.
Over 20,000 land forces, 24,000 navy personnel, including US Marines, 3,500 air personnel, around 1,000 logistics specialists and 1,300 personnel from a range of NATO Commands are participating in the exercise.
The two-part exercise will be comprised of a major 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 will be executed primarily on Norway’s territory, with some limited activity in Finland and Sweden and the adjacent waters, including the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Norwegian Armed Forces TRJE18 website here.
NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples TRJE18 website here.
Learn more about NATO exercises here.
Exercise Trident Juncture 18, October 25 / November 7 2018
TRJE18 will provide an environment for the testing, refinement, and further development of existing or new capabilities. By coordinating and integrating of experiments from NATO entities and Nations into TRJE18, NATO seek to allow the best experimental results without putting the exercise objectives at risk. NATO ACT Operational Experimentation is coordinating over 20 experiment activities within TRJE18 ranging from discovery to validation.
Experiment Fact Sheets for TRJE18 LIVEX:
Deployable Messing Facility
Enhanced Logistics Base
Expeditionary Logistics Experiment
In-Field Additive Manufacturing
Unmanned Platforms for Force and Base Protection
Theatre Opening Capability / Air Point of Debarkation
NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force Receive and Disseminate Data
Land Command and Control System
Information Environment Assessment
Experiment Fact Sheets for LIVEX and CAX/CPX:
Experiment Fact Sheets for CAX/CPX:
Allied Joint Doctrine Validation
NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force Tasking, Air and Ground Segments
Medical Bio Responsiveness
Medical Modular Approach
Operations Logistics Chain Management
Integration of Full Spectrum Approach (FSA) and the Information Environment
Optimisation of Communication in the Information Environment
Space Support to NATO Operations
Weapons of Mass Destruction Disablement
NATO ACT OPEX Fact Sheet here.
Viking, hosted by Sweden, a NATO Partner, is one of the world’s largest international staff exercises, jointly planned and carried out by staff from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organizations.
The aim of Viking 18 is to train and educate participants, civilian, military and police, to meet the challenges of current and future multinational crisis response and peace operation. The exercise has been arranged regularly every few years since 1999.
The next Viking exercise will take place 16 to 26 April 2018. Last time it was conducted in 2014 it gathered some 2,500 participants from around 50 countries, and participation is expected to be as high this time. There will be four sites to practice in Sweden. Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland and Serbia also take part in the training and host one site each.
Many different actors are active in international crisis management and peace and crisis management operations. Intergovernmental organizations usually deploy field staff. Civil society organizations and humanitarian organizations second staff, as well as the Armed Forces and the Police. Viking provides an opportunity to familiarize with the complex and risky work before undertaking it.
NATO Allied Command Transformation Experimenting in Exercises. The mission of Experimenting in Exercises is to plan, design, conduct, analyse, and report on experiments within exercises while avoiding any detriment to the training and certification objectives of the exercising commanders and their forces. Click here for fact sheet.
Protection of Civilians / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment with the intent to initiate and observe the dialogue between NATO, United Nations, and European Union representatives about Protection of Civilians issues. Click here for fact sheet.
Projecting Stability / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment exploring how exercises can support the Projecting Stability approach. Click here for fact sheet.
Stability Policing / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A Discovery Limited Objective Experiment that will assess the validity of the Command and Control and Coordination with External Actors aspects of the Stability Policing Concept. Click here for fact sheet.
Federated Mission Network – Civil Military . Viking 18 Experiment Description. Assessment of proposed Federated Mission Network - Civil Military tactics, techniques and procedures to support and improve Civilian-Military information sharing in a Peacekeeping and Stability Operations environment. Click here for fact sheet.
Read more on Viking 18 here.
Visit the Swedish Armed Forces Viking 18 website here.
Visit Folke Bernadotte Academy – Swedish agency for peace, security and development website here.