JFCBS conducts Main Planning Conference for Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013

24/01/2013 2013
 JFCBS hosts Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013 MPC.
Almost 400 people participated in a Main Planning Conference (MPC) held at the Static War Headquarters, Castlegate, Germany, from 22 to 24 January. During the MPC representatives from NATO nations and institutions discussed and prepared the upcoming Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013 (SFJZ13) – to be held in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland next November; the primary purpose of the  exercise is to certify command and control elements of NATO Response Force 2014.

Steadfast Jazz incorporates a live exercise designed to serve as a final step in training and evaluation for Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum to take the lead of NRF in 2014.

The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for continued cooperation among exercise planners, subject matter experts and, commence essential detailed planning. Participants also set the conditions for the exercise phases to come.

Lieutenant Colonel Ruud Middelhoven, the JFCBS project manager for SFJZ13, on behalf of JFCBS Commander said: "The conference showed NATO’s willingness to organize such an exercise. I can say that MPC was inspiring and challenging. When we have finalized the planning, we will prepare for the execution of Steadfast Jazz 13”.

The conference was opened by new Deputy Commander, Air Marshal Graham Stacey. Subject Matter Experts debated a range of topics including the scenario, operations, logistics, real life support and information management.

Planning for SFJZ13 started as long ago as April 2012 when the Exercise Specification Conference was conducted. This was followed by Initial Planning Conference, held in August 2012, in JFC Brunssum.

The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a force that can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific mission and is able to move quickly whenever and wherever it is needed.

Leadership of the NRF is rotated between NATO's Joint Force Commands Brunssum and Naples. JFC Brunssum is in the lead for NRF 2014.The stand-by phase for this rotation will start  1st January 2014 and last for one calendar year.