Command of the NRF rotates annually between two operational-level NATO headquarters: JFC Naples in Italy and JFC Brunssum in the Netherlands. JFC Brunssum is the headquarters in command of the NRF for 2022.
Formed in 2002, the NRF is a technologically advanced, multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces components that are rapidly deployable. It provides collective defence and a rapid military response to an emerging crisis. In addition, it can perform peace-support operations; provide protection to critical infrastructure and support disaster relief.
NATO forces will continue exercising in Norway as they join Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response, a bi-annual winter warfare exercise in the north. Cold Response is a defensive exercise under a NATO Article 5 scenario. The aim is to train the reinforcement of Allies under challenging climatic conditions, enhancing the readiness and capabilities of the participating forces. Up to 30,000 troops from 27 nations are participating, including NATO partner nations, Finland and Sweden.