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Baltic: NATO Holds Large-Scale Response Force Combat Drills

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Allied Command Transformation

October 23, 2013

NATO Exercise ‘Steadfast Jazz’ Primed and Ready


Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013 is scheduled to commence in Latvia and in Poland on 2nd November. The event that is going to last for a week will be the culmination of a series of dynamic and demanding exercises designed to train and test troops and Commanders from the NATO Response Force (NRF).

The Steadfast series of exercises are part of NATO’s efforts to maintain connected and interoperable forces at a high-level of readiness. To date, 17 exercises have been held in the series, with elements hosted in 14 different countries. The goal is to make sure that NRF troops are ready to deal with any situation in any environment.

The event involves about 6,000 personnel from many Allied [NATO Member] and partner nations. Around 3,000 headquarters personnel from Joint Force Command Brunssum and other headquarters will be involved in a Command & Control exercise on the Adazi Base near Riga, Latvia and at several other headquarters locations across the Alliance. In addition, multinational troops will participate in a live-fire exercise at Poland’s Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area. Air, land, maritime, and Special Forces will also participate from several locations. At the conclusion of the exercise, the headquarters staff from Joint Force Command Brunssum will be officially certified to lead NATO joint operations in 2014.

“The purpose of the exercise is to train and test the NATO Response Force, a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Forces components,” said General Hans-Lothar Domröse, the Commander of Joint Force Command Brunssum. “The live element of Exercise Steadfast Jazz will test the interoperability of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines involved, while the fictional scenario will be equally challenging for those participating in the Command and Control aspects of the exercise,” he said.

The NRF must be able to respond to the full-spectrum of potential missions, including high-intensity combat. This requires exercising complex capabilities employed by interoperable and multinational forces in a demanding environment.

“The NATO Response Force is essential in maintaining and enhancing the ability of forces from across the Alliance to work together,” said General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. “This will be increasingly important as the ISAF mission in Afghanistan winds-down and NATO prepares to meet future challenges,” he added.

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  1. diegodearmon
    October 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    No mention of Zapad 2013 exercises, to which Steadfast Jazz is a response to? Or even Zapad and Ladoga ’09?

    • richardrozoff
      October 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Let’s be sensible. NATO has conducted wars on three continents since 1999 and is surrounding Russia and Belarus with member states, partners, bases and interceptor missile batteries and you suggest NATO’s war games in the Baltic Sea region are a response to “threats” from Minsk and Moscow?
      As the mouse threatens the lion, my friend.

      • diegodearmon
        October 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

        Sending nukes to Kaliningrad in 2000 and positioning recently over 100,000 troops on the borders of Latvia and Lithuania are hardly the workings of mice.

      • richardrozoff
        October 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        Mobile missiles in Kaliningrad are a response to the plans of the U.S. and NATO (of over a decade’s standing) to deploy interceptor missiles in Poland as well as flying warplanes out of bases in Lithuania and now Estonia on a constant basis.
        Let a Russian-led – global – military bloc do the same in Canada and Mexico and it would be interesting to note your response.

      • diegodearmon
        October 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Were the military exercises conducted by the Russian federation outside of Georgia in 2007 a preparation from the threat they faced from Georgia? Or simply just a precursor to the 5 day Russian invasion that occurred the next year?

        Had the Visegrad 4 and Baltic states not joined NATO, would they not be under the same threat from these types of exercises?

        The CSTO has no allies in Canada or Mexico. So that scenario is not a concern.

      • richardrozoff
        October 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        None so blind…
        That was a hypothetical; an easy one to grasp I should have thought.
        That Russia would conduct a military exercise in its South Caucasus given all the armed violence in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia would not surprise any thinking person.
        That the Pentagon and NATO would conduct war games – Immediate Response 2008 – in Georgia mere days before the Saakashvili regime invaded South Ossetia, with U.S. Marines and military equipment still in the country, is not justifiable. In fact, during the five-day war of August 2008 the U.S. transported thousands of Georgian troops back from Iraq to join the fighting.

      • diegodearmon
        October 25, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        That your question was hypothetical would be apparent to any thinking man.

        Both Ossetia and Abkhazia were still internationally recognized as being within the sovereignty of Georgia. So when Saakashvili decided to reclaim his territory from those unrecognized “republics”, Russia simply invaded Georgia. That Russian troops were entangled in the conflict within Georgia shows that Russia had troops on foreign soil. Russia’s goals were very plain: to stop the spread of democracy to yet another former soviet puppet state. They failed.

        And of course The US would use its planes to transport Georgian troops back to their country. Georgia lacked those same capabilities, and their country had been invaded. This is a reasonable action.

      • richardrozoff
        October 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        Neither Abkhazia nor South Ossetia was ever part of post-Soviet Georgia.
        Bringing the former U.S. resident Saakashvili to power in what was nothing other than coup is evidently an example of what you consider “bringing democracy” to Georgia, which was not a “soviet puppet state” but a Soviet republic and, before that, part of imperial Russia for centuries.
        But don’t let facts get in the way of one’s Russophobia.
        On to the war! Even to a nuclear exchange! For democracy!

  2. Peter
    October 26, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Syria proved how divided Nato really is, going forward divisions will only grow, as its main participant the U.S is literally collapsing.
    Once the hyperflationary depression grips the U.S bases around the world will also collapse, where this leaves Nato will the question

  3. Kathleen
    October 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    My missiles are bigger than your missiles. That is so Cold War and MAD. Get over it! Make a U-turn…

    Science is a gift from God and it has been mismanaged by mankind. Let us Stop all the weapons proliferation and set our minds on cooperation for the good of all people. If NATO nations had not flooded Syria and Libya with weapons, there would not be Syrian families floating in the Mediterranean. We will all meet the Judge of history, believers and non-believers. Think of what we will have to answer for.

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