16th October 2017 - Agenziarepubblica.it: “Brilliant Ledger 2017”: NRDC-ITA pronta a ricoprire il ruolo di componente terrestre della ENRF 2018
13th October 2017 - AgenziaNova.com: Speciale difesa: Nato Defence Deployable Corp–Italia conclude esercitazione Brilliant Ledger 2017
13th October 2017 - Difesa.it: Pronte le Quattro Componenti della NATO Response Force 2018
12th October 2017 - Difesa.it: "Brilliant Ledger 2017": NRDC-ITA pronta a ricoprire il ruolo di componente terrestre della eNRF 2018
12th October 2017 - Esercito.it: Terminata la Brilliant Ledger 2017
12th October 2017 - PaoloAlli.it: ESERCITAZIONE BRILLIANT LEDGER 2017: ESEMPIO DI ECCELLENZA AL SERVIZIO DELLA NATO
12th October 2017 - ForzeArmate.eu: Terminata la Brilliant Ledger 2017. Il comando Nato Rapid Deployable Corps – Italia (NRDC- ITA) pronto a ricoprire il ruolo di Componente Terrestre della eNRF 2018
12th October 2017 - PaolaCasoli.com: NRDC-ITA conclude la Brilliant Ledger 17 ed è certificato Componente Terrestre della eNRF 2018
12th October 2017 - Militarynewsfromitaly.com: “Brilliant Ledger 2017”: NRDC-ITA pronta a ricoprire il ruolo di componente terrestre della eNRF 2018
12th October 2017 - Militari.eu: Terminata la Brilliant Ledger 2017. Il comando Nato Rapid Deployable Corps – Italia (NRDC-ITA) pronto a ricoprire il ruolo di Componente Terrestre della eNRF 2018
12th October 2017 - Reportdifesa.it: NATO Defence Deployable Corp – Italia, conclusa l’esercitazione Brilliant Ledger 2017
5th September 2017 - GrNet.it: Parma: firmata oggi intesa tra l’Università e il NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy
5th September 2017 - ParmaPress24: Università di Parma stringe cooperazione con la NATO
5th September 2017 - R.it: L'università di Parma tra i primi atenei italiani a siglare un accordo con la Nato
5th September 2017 - Libero 24x7: Unipr: accordo di cooperazione con il Comando del Corpo d'Armata di Reazione Rapida della Nato in Italia
5th September 2017 - Teleducato: Accordo di cooperazione tra Università e Comando del Corpo d’Armata di Reazione Rapida della Nato in Italia
5th September 2017 - Il CorrieredellaSicurezza: Accordo di cooperazione tra l’Università di Parma e il Comando del Corpo d’Armata di Reazione Rapida della NATO in Italia
5th September 2017 - ParmaToday.it: Accordo tra l'Università di Parma e la Nato: ecco cosa prevede
5th September 2017 - ParmaDaily.it: Unipr: accordo di cooperazione con il Comando del Corpo d’Armata di Reazione Rapida della Nato in Italia
2nd September 2017 - ParmaQuotidiano.info: Università di Parma lavorerà per la Nato
20th July 2017 - PaolaCasoli.com: NRDC-ITA: un seminario sul ruolo della NATO e delle IOs nella gestione dei migranti
14th July 2017 - Esercito.it: NRDC-ITA incontra "L'Orientale"
10th July 2017 - Legnanonews.it: I Paracadutisti lombardi ricordano i combattimenti a Mogadiscio
9th July 2017 - CongedatiFolgore.com: LA NATO RAPID DEPLOYABLE CORP DI SOLBIATE RICORDA SOLENNEMENTE I CADUTI DEL CHECK POINT PASTA
7th July 2017 - Esercito.it: NRDC-ITA LCC Commanders' Conference
6th July 2017 - PaolaCasoli.com: NRDC-ITA: è enhanced il nuovo FATS in versione sperimentale alla Mara di Solbiate
2nd July 2017 - PaolaCasoli.com: BRAD 17: il parere degli internazionali coinvolti nell’esercitazione di preparazione alla VJTF
30th June 2017 - PaolaCasoli.com: BRAD 17: “VJTF grosso impegno per i Paesi contributori, la Ariete comando framework 2018”, così il Comandante gen Ristuccia
30th June 2017 - PaolaCasoli.com: La Ariete conclude la Bright Armoured 17 (BRAD 17) e raggiunge l’interoperabilità richiesta dalla NATO VJTF
19th June 2017 - SempioneNews.it: A Legnano “Soldati (per sempre)”
13rd June 2017 - Verbanianotizie.it: Donazione del NRDC-Italy alla Fondazione Robert Hollman
30th May 2017 - Legnanonews.com: Festa alla Caserma Ugo Mara
29th May 2017 - Varese News: La caserma Ugo Mara in festa per l’International Day
28th May 2017 - La Provincia di Varese: La Nato apre le porte del suo mondo
28th May 2017 - Paola Casoli - Il Blog: NRDC-ITA: 15° International Day all’insegna di charity, music band e saggio ginnico dei Bersaglieri del RESTAL
28th May 2017 - Il Corriere.it: Al Comando Nato di Solbiate sfilata di bandiere e beneficenza. Festa per il «Corpo di reazione rapida». Incontro di culture diverse e donazione alla pediatria di Busto.
23rd March 2017 - Varese News: Doni ai bimbi della pediatria dalle consorti dei militari Nato.
20th March 2017 - Legnano News: Anche la NATO di Solbiate alla Stramilano.
19 March 2017 - Paola Casoli, il Blog: Stramilano: NRDC-ITA vede il 1° Mar Esposto del Restal vincere il Trofeo NRDC-ITA HQ nella mezza maratona.
19 March 2017 - Perseo News: Nrdc-Ita, conclusa la 46esima "Stramilano".
11 January 2017: Rotary Ticino News
26 September 2016: Difence: Italian land forces commander visita Nrdc-Ita
26 September 2016: Difesa: Nrdc-Ita verso la "Summer Tempest 2016"
26 July 2016: Speciale difesa: Esercito, addestramento su risposta alle crisi presso l'Nrdc-Ita
26 July 2016: Crisis Response Planning presso NRDC-ITA
26 June 2016: NRDC-ITA International Day 2016
22 June 2016: La festa della multinazionalità e della solidarietà
20 June 2016: Nrdc-Ita, manifestazione multinazionale all’insegna della beneficenza
20 June 2016: Alla Nato la manifestazione multinazionale benefica
20 June 2016: Dodici nazioni, un'unica festa, sotto le insegne comuni di gastronomia e beneficenza
20 June 2016: La 13ª edizione della manifestazione multinazionale all’insegna della beneficenza
20 June 2016: NRDC-ITA, 13° International Day benefico: simbolico “abbraccio della comunità internazionale”, sottolinea il COM gen Marchiò
17 June 2016: NRDC-ITA, International Day: l’internazionalità a sostegno della comunità. Annullo filatelico per il 15° del Comando
09 June 2016: Il Comando NATO di Solbiate dedica la giornata della multinazionalità alla beneficenza
09 June 2016: NRDC-ITA, formazione e approntamento
27 May 2016: Ciaraffa:oltre i confini della storia
26 May 2016: Ugo Mara:pronti per l'impiego
12 May 2016: NRDC-ITA ospita SHAPE e il 3° Seminario sulla Logistica della NATO
12 May 2016: 3° SEMINARIO JLSG: “VITALE ADATTARE LA LOGISTICA AGLI EVENTI”, COSÌ IL GEN MANIONE
11 May 2016: NATO strengthens disaster recovery with European data centre
06 May 2016: Appuntamento per l'Ecomuseo al Cotonificio
02 May 2016: Oltre la cinta di una caserma NATO (Echi Liberi)
30 April 2016: Multinational female presence at Nrdc-ita
19 April 2016: NRDC-ITA impegnata nella Sea Eagle Land, esercitazione focalizzata sugli ACOS e i loro staff
08 April 2016: NRDC-ITA RICEVE LA VISITA DEL GENERALE CAPUTO, COMANDANTE DELLA 1^ REGIONE AEREA
08 April 2016: Speciale difesa: Comando Nato Solbiate Olona ospita prima International Influence Conference su comunicazione operativa
08 April 2016: Influence Conference a NRDC-ITA
07 April 2016: Nrdc-Ita, la prima International Influence conference
07 April 2016: NRDC-ITA RICEVE LA VISITA DEL GENERALE CAPUTO, COMANDANTE DELLA 1^ REGIONE AEREA
07 April 2016: NRDC-ITA: DUE GIORNI DI INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE CONFERENCE ALLA CASERMA MARA
20 March 2016: NRDC-ITA E STRAMILANO: UNA TRADIZIONE CHE CONFERMA IL CARATTERE INTERFORZEE MULTINAZIONALE DEL COMANDO NATO
20 March 2016: Nrdc-Ita, Stramilano 2016
20 March 2016: Alla Stramilano anche i militari solbiatesi
13 March 2016: NRDC-ITA, CAMBIO AL RESTAL: IL COL CARTA CEDE IL COMANDO AL COL ARTEMI
08 March 2016: Un bel regalo per le donne, la stima grande quanto un Esercito
08 March 2016: Nrdc-Ita, la giornata internazionale dedicata alla donna
08 March 2016: NRDC-ITA, GIORNATA DELLA DONNA: FIGURA PROFESSIONALE CHE SPESSO RICOPRE IL DUPLICE RUOLO DI MAMMA E SOLDATO
07 March NRDC-ITA: UN SEMINARIO DI STUDI GEO-STRATEGICI “PER ADATTARSI ALLA RAPIDA EVOLUZIONE DELLO SCENARIO”
04 March Ciclo di studi geo-strategici presso il Comando NATO di Solbiate Olona.
04 March Nrdc-Ita, concluso seminario di studi geo-strategici
18 February NRDC-ITA l'Ambasciatore Canadese Mc Govern conferma interesse a contribuire con proprio personale
17 February L'Ambasciatore Canadese a NRDC-ITA
16 February NRDC-GR Commander Receives the Visit of NRDC-ITA Commander
12 February CESIVA: IL COM GEN BONI IN VISITA A NRDC-ITA
10 February 2016: Tutti i vantaggi della multinazionalità, dentro e fuori la caserma
10 February "L’Evoluzione della Nato e prospettive future"
10 February L’evoluzione della Nato e le prospettive future in un convegno
10 February 2016 NRDC-ITA: IL COM GEN MARCHIÒ SULL’EVOLUZIONE DELLA NATO. E DI NRDC-ITA, CHE POTREBBE ACCOGLIERE IL CANADA A BREVE
NRDC-ITA Paola Casoli Blog
8 February 2016 http://albasio.eu/evento-levoluzione-della-nato-prospettive-future-2/
28 January 2016 NRDC-ITA: CORSO DI PREVENZIONE INCENDI ALLA CASERMA MARA
28 January 2016 Sempre in prima linea sul fronte della vita
Il Knowledge Development della Nato quale complemento dell'Intelligence militare - Maurizio Boni
26 January 2016 CASTA 2016: PRIME GARE PER L’NRDC-ITA TEAM
25 January 2016 http://www.paolacasoli.com/2016/01/nrdc-ita-cambio-del-capo-di-stato-maggiore-il-gen-boni-lascia-al-collega-manione/
25 January 2016 A Colpo Sicuro - I tiratori scelti dell'Esercito italiano dal secondo dopoguerra agli anni 2000
21 January 2016 ESERCITO ITALIANO: CAMBIO ALLA SCUOLA DI FANTERIA - IL GENERALE DI DIVISIONE GIOVANNI MANIONE CEDERA' IL COMANDO AL GENERALE DI BRIGATA MASSIMO MINGIARDI.
DOPO OLTRE TRE ANNI IL GENERALE DI DIVISIONE GIOANNI MANIONE CEDE IL COMANDO DEL PRESTIGIOSO ISTITUTO.
20th January NRDC-ITA: AL VIA LO STORYTELLING, “RACCONTO DI STORIE COMUNI” DEI MILITARI DEL COMANDO NATO DI SOLBIATE OLONA
14th January NRDC-ITA : Training introduttivo per i nuovi arrivati
16th December 2015- Mobilitazione in caserma per imparare nuove manovre, utili a salvare la vita
16th December 2015 - NRDC-ITA: CORSO SALVAVITA CON DEFIBRILLATORI PER 8 MILITARI DELLA CASERMA MARA
15th December 2015 - Al Comando NATO di Solbiate Olona si è svolto il Corso BLS-D
15th December 2015 - Al Comando NATO di Solbiate Olona si è svolto il Corso BLS-D
14th December 2015 - Nrdc-ita - Concluso corso per istruttori manovre salvavita BLS-D
14th December 2015 - Nrdc-Ita, nuovi istruttori di manovre salvavita (Bls-d)
14th December 2015 - NRDC-ITA - Concluso corso per istruttori manovre salvavita BLS-D
4th December 2015 - NRDC-ITA festeggia Santa Barbara con il neo assunto personale della marina
4th December 2015 - Nrdc-Ita, prima ricorrenza interforze di Santa Barbara
3rd December 2015 - Nrdc - Ita, comitato della Nato per le risorse finanziarie a palazzo Cusani
3rd December 2015 - NRDC-ITA OSPITA L’ALTO COMITATO NATO PER LE RISORSE FINANZIARIE
19th November 2015 - Esperienze sanitarie in teatro operativo
Nuova esercitazione di NRDC ITA nel ruolo di Joint Task Force HQ
Cippo ai caduti di Nassirya
Legnano ricorda i caduti di Nassirya
Il meglio della formazione internazionale NATO si raduna alla Ugo Mara
NRDC-ITA, il Comando Internazionale nella tradizione locale: a Legnano per San Magno
Comando Nato In piazza San Magno
Si rilancia l'albo della Gloria
Il 4 Novembre di Paruzzaro
Il Comando NATO a Legnano per la festa di San Magno
La NATO in piazza per San Magno
Il Comando di Reazione Rapida della NATO in Italia (NRDC-ITA) all'inaugurazione dell'anno accademico dell'Università del Sacro Cuore
NRDC-ITA: il corso è tenuto dal Mobile Training Team della Scuola NATO di Oberammergau
La celebrazione del 4 novembre a Cassano
Il primo Maresciallo Angelo Saracino neo Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica Italiana
I nuovi Cavalieri della Repubblica, tra giornali e istituzioni
Undici cittadini insigniti delle onorificenze “al merito della Repubblica Italiana
UNDICI CITTADINI INSIGNITI DELLE ONORIFICENZE “AL MERITO DELLA REPUBBUNDICI CITTADINI INSIGNITI DELLE ONORIFICENZE “AL MERITO DELLA REPUBBLICA ITALIANA”. ECCO CHI SONOLICA ITALIANA”. ECCO CHI SONO
Varese, I nuovi Cavalieri della Repubblica festeggiati in Prefettura
NRDC-ITA: SI CONCLUDE IL 1° CORSO DI DIRITTO INTERNAZIONALE UMANITARIO IN COLLABORAZIONE CON LA CROCE ROSSA
Con l'energia dei bersaglieri, il ricordo dei Caduti è sempre vivo nella memoria
NRDC-ITA inaugura il monumento ai caduti restaurato dai Bersaglieri di Legnano
Restaurato dai bersaglieri il monumento alla caserma Mara
NRDC-ITA: Benedizione del Labaro del Nucleo dell'Associazione Nazionale Paracadutisti díItali di Legnano (MI)
NRDC-ITA: Benedizione del Labaro della Sezione ANPd’I Legnano
A NRDC-ITA LA BENEDIZIONE DEL LABARO DELL’ANPDI DI LEGNANO
Assessing the crisis on Nato Southern Flank NRDC-ITA ha organizzato un seminario internazionale
Nrdc-Ita, seminario internazionale "Assessing the crisis on Nato's southern flank"
NRDC-ITA FA IL PUNTO DI SITUAZIONE SUL FIANCO SUD DELLA NATO CON UN WORKSHOP A PALAZZO CUSANI A MILANO
Il comando NRDC-ITA di Solbiate Olona (VA) ha organizzato un seminario internazionale sulle principali aree di crisi
La Nato cambia pelle: non solo soldati e droni, arrivano anche gli esperti civili
NRDC-ITA: CAMBIO ALLA BRIGATA DI SUPPORTO, IL GEN POCCIA CEDE IL COMANDO AL COL RIDELLA
TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE ORIENTED OPERATIONS ABROAD: NEW FOOD FOR THOUGHT
L’NRDC-ITA celebra l’International Day 2015. Noi ci siamo sempre
Divertimento, compagnia e solidarietà, la ricetta vincente dell'International Day
NRDC-ITA: CELEBRATO L’INTERNATIONAL DAY, QUEST’ANNO ALLA SUA DODICESIMA EDIZIONE
NRDC-ITA 4th COS Conference: cooperation, collective security and crisis response the main challenges to face
L’assistenza spirituale per le forze armate compie 50 anni
NRDC-ITA achieved NATO certification as a Joint Task Force HQ
NRDC ITA: an outstanding tool to address NATO’s new challenges (Informazioni della difesa online)
L’Esercitazione Trident Jaguar 15 (Gianluca Rossi Il Giorno)
TRA BOOTS ON THE GROUND E SOCIAL MEDIA: APPUNTI DALLA CONFERENZA LA GUERRA DELLE DONNE, DEL CME LOMBARDIA
NRDC-ITA: NEW WEBSITE, NEW SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES IN ACCORDANCE WITH NATO COMMUNICATION OPENNESS
NRDC-ITA IN PIENA TRIDENT JAGUAR 15: OGGI LO STARTEX DELL’ESERCITAZIONE PER LA VALIDAZIONE NATO AL JWC DI STAVANGER (Paola Casoli Blog)
ENDEX TRIDENT JAGUAR 15: “MISSIONE COMPIUTA”, DICHIARA IL COMANDANTE DI NRDC-ITA GEN MARCHIÒ (Paola Casoli Blog)
TRIDENT JAGUAR 15: IL GEN MARCHIÒ PORTA IL SUO NRDC-ITA ALLA VALIDAZIONE NATO (Paola Casoli Blog)
TRIDENT JAGUAR 15: NRDC-ITA “STA LAVORANDO MOLTO BENE”, LA SODDISFAZIONE DEL COMANDANTE DEL NATO JWC, GEN WOLSKI (Paola Casoli Blog)
“JWC PERNO DELLA TRASFORMAZIONE DELLA NATO”: A STAVANGER IL GEN ZULIANI, VICE DI ACT, PARLA DELL’EVOLUZIONE VERSO LA QUALITÀ TOTALE
TRIDENT JAGUAR 15: “NRDC-ITA HA ACCETTATO UNA SFIDA IMPEGNATIVA”, HA COMMENTATO IL SENIOR MENTOR GEN CAMPORINI
NRDC-ITALY TURNS INTO JOINT TASK FORCE COMMAND: AN ITALIAN DEFENCE LANDMARK
Italy is a weird nation: we have many centers of excellence that keep the country going, but still most of them are basically unknown to the large Italian public. And so is their top level, high professional performance in whatever field they operate. This is the case for the Nato Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy (NRDC-ITA), one of the nine Nato rapid reaction forces distributed throughout the Alliance boundaries. Based in Solbiate Olona, in the Varese hinterland, the NRDC – ITA Command is currently experiencing a transition from a land component to a Joint Task Force Headquarters (JTFHQ), according to the Nato defense restructuring that requires an increase of responsibility by the HQs at operational level, in order to address the contemporary challenges of high intensity, asymmetric and hybrid warfare. These sound like technical requirements, but they will make a difference when Nato forces will be deployed again for both article 5 and non-article 5 missions.
The NRDC-ITA Command, under the leadership of Lt. General Riccardo Marchiò, has successfully completed Exercise Trident Jaguar 2015, the final stage that marks the passage to a joint command in which all the defense components – air, land and sea – are present. Trident Jaguar 2015, a computer assisted exercise, took place at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway, from April 15 to April 28, 2015. Italy is the second country to obtain the Nato certification, the so-called Full Operational Capability: Spain was the first last year to be engaged in a Trident Jaguar training. Still, Italy can proudly show off many new features that are increasing efficiency, efficacy and adaptability to dynamic, fast-changing scenarios. Just to mention a few: the dual tactic-operational role, which is the core of an integrated system; the involvement of civil analysts (on economic, political and social issues) next to the military ones; the so-called “influence” pillar that combines military and non military elements in a crisis response operations where kinetic actions interact with non kinetic aspects and with non-military actors (GOs, NGOs, IOs) who are increasingly impacting on the course of the events.
NRDC-ITA is also the first to have understood the importance of setting up a new concept of Security Assistance Force (SFA), the core of Nato missions. Of course, it can count on an extensive experience drawn from three deployments in Afghanistan (2006, 2009, and 2013), which somehow supersedes the lack of a specific doctrine. By relying on general Nato and national guidelines, and on theater of operations’ outcomes, NRDC-ITA has shaped SFA activities in a well structured system that in addition to training and assistance provides advising from tactical units up to a Ministry of Defense representatives. Advising implies a follow up of all SFA activities, the identification of possible gaps, a problem-solving approach and eventually influencing behavioral attitudes and mindset.
To this respect, Trident Jaguar 2015, which is coming to an end in a couple of days, is a success story. NRDC-ITA has been praised by the Joint Warfare Command, Major General Wolski, and by other foreign top military officers during the Distinguished Visitors Day. It would have been nice to see someone from an Italian defense joint command as well, it would have shown that the Italian Defense is aware, like their foreign counterparts, that there are military professional competences that make us proud to be Italian.
(Cristiana Era Argilnews)
Trident Jaguar 15: Gen Marchiò leading NRDC-ITA to Nato validation
While Trident Jaguar 15 is coming to an end in Norway, involving around 1,100 NRDC-ITA personnel inside the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, General Riccardo Marchiò, COM NRDC-ITA, is more than satisfied about what have been achieved so far.
This comes as no surprise. The JWC commander himself, General Reinhard Wolski, declared his satisfaction right in the middle of the exercise less than a week before: "NRDC-ITA is performing very well, they are very well prepared and I can affirm that they are the best training audience I've ever had", Gen Wolski said on 23rd of April.
This is a very significant point, since NRDC-ITA is paving the way for a new series of NATO exercises, which indicates the new NATO approach towards new international challenges from the instability of the Southern flank to the Ukraine crisis.
NRDC-ITA is getting the Nato validation from this exercise, which confirms the Italian HQ has completed its transformation into a Joint Take Force HQ (JTFHQ). "Two were the aims of this exercise", said gen Marchiò, "testing the deployment capability was the first, and it has been accomplished, and secondly, getting the Nato validation as a joint operational command, testifying the change".
Both the goals have been achieved succesfully. Furthermore, an important element arose from commander's analysis, which is the possibility to fix all elements needing improvement: "Trident Jaguar 15 represented a useful laboratory in which fully testing NRDC-ITA, and we will fix whatever needs to be improved straight after this exercise so to achieve the total quality as a final result".
(Paola Casoli Blog)
NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION FORCES WILL CONDUCT EXERCISE TRIDENT JAGUAR 15 DURING APRIL AND MAY 2015
NATO to begin TRIDENT JAGUAR 15
NAPLES, Italy – North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces will conduct Exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR 15 during April and May 2015.
The NATO Rapid Deployment Corps - Italy (NRDC-ITA) from 20 – 27 April 2015 and the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) from 8 – 15 May 2015 are conducting a major NATO Command Post Exercise (CPX) at the Joint Warfare Centre Stavanger, Norway.
The exercise is focused on synchronized actions among joint force headquarters’ staffs. It is a large scale command post scenario that will test the staffs’ abilities to coordinate resources, synchronize assets, disseminate information, develop courses of action and provide recommendations to commanders.
Admiral Mark Ferguson the Commander Joint Force Command Naples explained that "This exercise is one of a number of national, bilateral and multinational NATO exercises taking place across Europe, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean that are building enhanced national and Alliance military capacity, capability, readiness, responsiveness and joint interoperability.”
The Commander also stressed that with any joint multinational exercises on this scale, NATO visibly demonstrates its commitment to its Allies on collective defence in a dynamically changing and complex security environment.
A Command Post Exercise (CPX) is a computer assisted simulation with no live fire or maneuver exercises associated. The concept of a CPX is to test and evaluate the abilities of the Command Posts’ battle staffs to establish and execute command, control, communications and computer capabilities, while integrating various joint warfighting and civilian agency functions.
Release by Allied Joint Force Command Naples Public AffairsNRDC-Italy among the first NATO commands to complete transformation into Joint Task Force Headquarters
NRDC-ITALY AMONG THE FIRST NATO COMMANDS TO COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION INTO JOINT TASK FORCE HEADQUARTERS
NRDC-Italy among the first NATO commands to complete transformation into Joint Task Force Headquarters
The international political changes of the past few years spurred the Atlantic Alliance to rethink its own military capabilities in order to be able to address new threats to the member nations’ security, starting with the rapid reaction forces that experienced a significant development over the years and that today count nine rapid deployable corps commands inside NATO boundaries.
The new Strategic Concept adopted during the Lisbon Summit of 2010 laid out the guidelines for the Alliance Defense and its restructuring, which inevitably impacted on the Rapid Deployable Corps: they are currently under a transition process that will mark a passage from a Land Command into a Joint Task Force Headquarters (JTFHQ), integrating the air force and navy components.
As one of the so called “framework nations” of the Alliance’s army corps commands - the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy (NRDC-ITA) – Italy is indeed involved in this transition and, compared to other host countries, it is among the first to complete its transformation. In these days NRDC-ITA is, in fact, engaged in the Trident Jaguar 2015 (TRJR 15) exercise at the Joint Warfare Center (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway. At the end of the exercise, it will reach the NATO Full Operational Capability (FOC) and the status of JTFHQ. Spain has been the first, last year, to achieve the FOC and now NRDC-ITA is the second command to wind up the upgrade according to the guidelines of the 2010 Strategic Concept.
Why is this upgrade so important? First and foremost it implies the acquisition of the operational C2 capability, in addition to the tactical one: the management of complex, asymmetric and hybrid scenarios where military activities interact, coexist, and are influenced by non military aspects.
A complex scenario is exactly what NRDC-ITA is coping with in Stavanger. TRJR 15 is a simulation, a computer-assisted exercise, of a hypothetical Skolkan region where the State of Arnland is experiencing a serious political crisis. Turmoil is endangering the whole area and the situation is getting worse due to the presence of a radical terrorist group and of several external actors who are attempting to influence the course of action by hampering a negotiated peaceful solution to the crisis. This is the scenario that prompts the Northern Atlantic Council to approve a security assistance mission called ASAF (Arnland Security Assistance Force) led by NRDC-ITA, which is supposed to have been deployed in Arnland for 100 days at the beginning of the exercise. By supporting the Arnish security forces NRDC -ITA must react to a number of the so-called injections, that is, incidents, attacks or other destabilizing events. The mission goal is to assist the legitimate government in its effort to restore normal security conditions before the general political elections take place.
TRJR 15 is conducted inside the Joint Warfare Center compound. Standing in the lee of a hill, in 1950 the JWC inherited a World War II German bunker located inside the hilltop: when the Norwegian military authorities took over, the bunker was restructured in order to resist to a nuclear attack. The core management element of the exercise is the “ExCon” (Exercise Control), which is placed inside the bunker: ExCon generates and coordinates all the injections that require an action or reaction by NRDC-ITA. More than 500 trainers and evaluators are involved in Trident Jaguar; their task is to engage all the NRDC-ITA branches and all the joint components, eventually assessing their response capabilities. A considerable amount of time was devoted to the planning and organization of TRJR 15: it took approximately 15 months to lay down the first general ideas, to develop them into a detailed scenario, and to manage all the demanding organizational aspects. Inside NRDC-ITA there is a hectic, almost feverish, activity: everybody works at a fast pace. Coordination, teamwork and determination are the main elements of this restless effort carried out by the entire staff, including the Italian Commander, LT. General Riccardo Marchiò. In a word: professional competence. A strong commitment that impressed the Stavanger NATO center. “The training audience of NRDC-ITA came in very well prepared, it’s one of the best prepared training audiences I ever had” said the JWC Commander, Major General Reinhard Wolski. “They perform very, very well indeed. We have seen that this core has prepared itself for one year. I am very satisfied; the command is interacting with the staff, that’s very professional indeed. So I must say it’s really good”, he concluded. No wonder: NRDC-ITA is a top level, highly effective military structure with extensive on-the-ground experience, having been deployed three times in Afghanistan in 2006, 2009 and 2013: a strong professional background in non-article 5 scenarios, even though – until now - at a tactical level.
Several new crucial elements introduced by the NRDC-ITA command in its passage to JTFHQ make it a unique military structure. First of all, the double role: while assuming joint command and control capabilities, NRDC-ITA has retained its tactical functions as well; secondly, a new, more systematic and organized approach to the Security Assistance Force (SFA) function with the introduction of a third “influence” pillar (the other two being operations and support), which helps manage the combination of non kinetic aspects with military operations, according to the NATO comprehensive approach; finally, for the first time – and upon the request of NRDC-ITA - some embedded Italian journalists have been admitted to a NATO exercise with the dual role of journalists in real life, reporting to the Italian audience, and of media actors inside the Skolkan scenario, that is, journalists embedded with the ASAF contingent. This is a true innovation that adds to transparency in real life and to a close-to-reality contemporary scenario: no player is ruled out in a complex environment: Just like it happens in any area of operations where NATO troops are deployed.
NATO begins Exercise Trident Jaguar 15
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