Exercise JOINT RESOLVE 2023 hosted Distinguished Visitors' Day – 12 May 2023

From the 8th of May until the 26th of May, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL), in cooperation with Poland’s War Studies University (WSU) Warsaw, is conducting a Combined Joint Staff Exercise JOINT RESOLVE 2023 (JR23).

The Exercise authorities organized and hosted a Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) on Friday, 12th May. This afforded Distinguished Visitors an excellent opportunity to visit the BALTDEFCOL education and training supporting facilities and to have an overview of the exercise concept and construct.

The distinguished visitors were welcomed by both Commandants, Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm (BALTDEFCOL) and Brigadier General Robert Kosowski (WSU). The program commenced with a briefing session where both institutions introduced their vision, mission, and academic activities.

In addition, Wg Cdr (Ret) Mark Attrill, the Exercise Coordination Officer, explained the history, aim, structure, and objectives of JR23. The scenario and linkage to the BALTDEFCOL Joint Command and General Staff Course (JCGSC) curriculum, together with the exercise content, were subsequently covered by the Chief Scenario, LTC (ret) Albertas Kondrotas and Colonel Mariusz Sobiesiak.

Following the briefings, the DVD delegation travelled to the exercise area to engage with the training audience and faculty. In this phase of the exercise, the students are preparing for an important Mission Analysis Brief to JFC COM, one of the cornerstones of the operational planning process. The discussions with the exercise training audience and control staff facilitated potential exercise opportunities in the future.

Over the coming days, the respective Joint Operational Planning Groups will work through the further development of the Course of Action, including wargaming.

The aim of JR23 is to formulate a solution to complex operational problems by developing and executing a viable joint operational plan using NATO operational planning process. In addition, to practice working together in a multinational environment and with officers with different backgrounds and education, JR23 is orchestrated by the two Professional Military Education institutions funded by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (BALTDEFCOL), and Poland (WSU).

This year's edition of the JOINT RESOLVE Exercise includes over 160 participants representing the following nations: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. This allows for an enhancement of the respective students’ understanding of the complexities involved in planning combined joint operations along with conducting valuable multicultural activities.


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