Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 - Total Defence Concept
Morten Harangen (centre), Deputy Head of Communication for the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, discusses the Norwegian Total Defence Concept during TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18
TRONDHEIM, Norway - Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 is using a fictitious scenario
where Norway has been attacked, and due to such an attack on the Alliance, NATO
Response Forces respond quickly subsequently enabling the northern country to
test their Total Defence Concept in the process.
Co-operation between the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian
Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) is extremely close and Exercise TRIDENT
JUNCTURE 18 has provided a platform to test and reinforce civil defensive
procedures and assess national vulnerabilities and preparedness.
"Norway is a very safe country, but world security has and is
changing rapidly and the Total Defence Concept is key in order to cope with all
challenges,” said Morten Harangen, DSB Deputy Head of Communication. "It has
taken steady progress to develop such close cooperation with our Norwegian
Armed Forces and other agencies.”
In any crisis or conflict, both military and civilian authorities
must work together, especially in times of cyber aggression or other hybrid
activity. These close working relationships across all spectrums of
Norwegian national life form a Total Defence Concept that enables extensive
unity of effort.
"Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 provides us with a unique
opportunity to test our Host Nation capabilities and the Defence Concept,
reflecting extremely close co-operation and synchronisation,” said Cecilie Daae,
Director General DSB. "It has been an essential exercise to test our procedures
in order to safeguard our Norwegian population,” she added.
The Norwegian Total Defence Concept has been fully integrated into
all aspects of Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 activity and in the phases
completed so far, has proved an outstanding success. In the future, further DSB
activity and exercises will involve mass casualty situations and emergency
services, followed by other scenarios such as environmental and natural
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office