nato tj 2018 300x250Around 50,000 participants, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles from more than 30 nations – this is NATO's exercise Trident Juncture 18

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


NATO Allied Command Transformation Experimenting in TRJE18

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:

Deployable Air Activation Modules Coordination Cell
NATO Deployable Air Base
Medical Civil-Military Interface

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 logo300x250Viking, 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.

trje15crest logo250Exercise Trident Juncture 15 (TRJE 15) is an Allied Command Transformation (ACT) sponsored exercise that will train, exercise, and evaluate Joint Force Command Brunssum's (JFCBS) command and control of NATO Response Force (NRF) 2016.

It will be the venue for JFCBS’s Full Operational Capability (FOC) and a venue for certification of the NRF. This exercise will also be used as a means of demonstrating NATO’s Visible Assurance, supported by strategic communications (STRATCOM) and NRF capabilities to tailor, plan, prepare, deploy, and sustain forces. The level of ambition for Part 1 is to conduct a Non-Article V Major Joint Crisis Response Operation primarily involving high intensity modern warfare and the use of military capabilities in contemporary situations. Part 2 will focus on tactical level training of forces allocated to the Live Exercise (LIVEX).

TRJE 15 is the Alliance’s post ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) “High Visibility” exercise (non-Article 5/CRO), and a flagship activity for NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative (CFI). The exercise will set the standard for a NATO prepared for future challenges and help demonstrate the transformation of the NATO Force Structure and NATO Command Structure. This exercise will be used as a means of demonstrating NATO’s Visible Assurance, supported by strategic communications (STRATCOM) and NRF capabilities to tailor, plan, prepare, deploy, and sustain forces.

TRJE 15 will be the largest NATO LlVEX since 2002 (Exercise Strong Resolve) and as well as being the main accreditation event for the NRF 2016, and for JFCBS FOC, it will serve as the flagship of the Connected Forces Initiative. HQ SACT and JFCBS will ensure that all Alliance and national training objectives are met.

Distinguished Visitors (DV) venues:

The DV Day Campaign consists of 3 DV Days (Spain, Portugal and Italy):

  • October 19th, the Italian DV Day will consist on an Opening Ceremony in combination with an air force heavy event;
  • November 4th, a Military Capability Demonstration Day in Spain, which will be a land forces heavy event in the biggest land training area of the exercise, namely SAN GREGORIO training area;
  • November 5th, a maritime heavy event in Portugal.

Trident Juncture photos


nato geo logoExercise Background
Following the 2008 Bucharest Summit Declaration, a "NATO Georgia Commission" (NGC) was established, in September 2008, to serve as a forum for both political consultations and practical cooperation to help Georgia achieve its goal of transformation towards NATO standards; NGC creates the Substantial NATO Georgia Package (SNGP).

In September 2014, Heads of State and Government endorse SNGP and its initiatives during the 2014 Wales Summit; SNGP serves as a vehicle to Defense Capacity Building. In October 2015 the NATO Military Committee approves a Bi-Strategi Command assessment and recommendation to conduct Periodic NATO Exercises in Georgia.

Exercise Aim
The NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 (NATO-GEO EX16) is an Allied Command Transformation (ACT) sponsored Computer Assisted Exercise / Command Post Exercise (CAX/CPX). The exercise will educate and train Georgian Armed Forces (GAF) General Staff (GS) to plan and conduct an exercise with a Georgia-led Multinational Brigade Headquarters in a Non-Article 5 Crisis Response Operation. The exercise consists of limited complexity involving combat incidents with some medium intensity moments. The Multinational Brigade HQ is the primary training audience. Training will be conducted at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Krtsanisi Georgia.

For visitor registration and for Distinguished Visitors (DV) Day registration, click here.

Key Players

  • OSE (Officer Scheduling the Exercise) – HQ, Allied Command Transformation (ACT)
  • OCE (Officer Conducting the Exercise) – Georgian Armed Forces
  • ODE (Officer Directing the Exercise) – Joint Force Training Center
  • Mentor – HQ LANDCOM: provides “process-focused” advice and mentorship on the NATO Exercise Process to the OCE. Additionally, provides support to the GEO Armed Forces Staff, JTEC Ex Planners, GEO MOD Staff (LEGAD, Protocol, STRATCOM, MEDIA, Other staff sections)
  • Allied Participation - Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.
  • Partner Participation - Ukraine



TRIDENT JAGUAR 2015 (TRJR 15) is an Allied Command Transformation (ACT) sponsored NATO CPX/CAX to independently train and evaluate ARRC and NRDC-ITA in a Joint Task Force HQ role, planning and conducting a Crisis Response Small Joint Operation (Land Heavy), in a high intensity, complex military civilian and asymmetric, failing state environment, involving warfighting in the early stages.

Both HQs are to conduct the execution phase of the exercise in Joint Warfare Centre, Stavanger, Norway at distinct timeframes ; 20-27 Apr 15 for NRDC-ITA and 8-15 May for ARRC.

DV Day Events:
SACT has delegated the conduct of two DV Day events, one for each execution phase, to the OCE, COM JFC NAPLES. The scheduled days are 24 Apr and 14 May 15 respectively.

OSE Officers with Primary Responsibility:

LTC Ioannis KOUKOULIS, NCN: 555-3383, Tel +1-757-747-3383, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
LTC Thierry THOZET, NCN: 555-3151, Tel +1-757-747-3151, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCE Protocol:

CDR Brent SPILLNER, NCN 433-2634, Tel +39-081-721-2634