NATO nations and partners exercise Crisis Operations and Planning
Exercise Steadfast Pinnacle 2018 participants and facilitators attend a brief at the National Defence Academy of Latvia. Steadfast Pyramid and Steadfast Pinnacle are annual NATO exercises that aim to prepare senior military officers to better support their commanders across the full spectrum of NATO military missions. (NATO photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Dodge)
RIGA, Latvia –Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
conducted exercises Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle 2018 in Riga, Latvia
September 10-21, 2018 bringing together NATO's newly appointed senior personnel
and selected staff in order to enhance their analytical, planning and
The purpose of
these exercises is to prepare senior commanders and their staffs to lead during
the planning, preparation and conduct of current and future operations.
Steadfast Pyramid focuses primarily on training senior staff officers, whereas
Steadfast Pinnacle is geared towards higher-level commanders. The training
emphasizes NATO's goal to strengthen partnerships and showcase participating
nation's abilities to adapt during real-world crises involving simulated
military and political threats.
Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle aim to first inform and educate senior
commanders and staff officers on the challenges we face today," said Deputy
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir James Everard, who
oversaw the scheduling of the exercises. "They also allow - second -
participants to refresh their thinking in terms of operational design, planning
and decision making."
This year, 58
participants from NATO and over 15 partner nations joined the exercises. While
the political, economic, civil and military conditions were fictional, trainees
were asked to respond to various scenarios and real-world issues of NATO
Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle have occurred annually since 1995. SHAPE has
adapted the scenario to address the evolving nature of threats and potential
attacks against NATO in order to better build security. This is the fifteenth
time Latvia has hosted the ever-growing exercise.
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