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Exercise Joint Venture 19 (JV19), which will take place in Germany 13-22 March, is a week-long exercise aimed at testing allied capabilities in and preparedness for crisis response.

Led by the US, the military planning exercise will use a challenging fictitious scenario to mimic a crisis requiring military planning to respond. It will test the ability of the UK’s Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) – a rapidly deployable command and control component – to integrate with close allies in US European Command (EUCOM). JV19 is joined with the EUCOM’s premier war fighting exercise.

A total of 4,500 personnel are expected to take part in exercise, which will be held across multiple sites. Countries participating or observing are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

Military planning is constantly evolving to cater for the unexpected, as the Joint Warfare Centre (pictured) knows all too well. Next month’s JV19 exercise sits squarely within the tradition of testing the envelope across as wide a community as is practical. (Photo: NATO JWC)

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