MONS, Belgium - NATO, together with other international organizations, is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. In close coordination with allies and partners, NATO has taken precautionary measures to safeguard the health of our personnel, and understands it plays an important role in the communities where we live and work. We take this social responsibility seriously and are taking measures, such as cancelling visitors to our headquarters, to reduce risk to publics.
In coordination with Allies and partners, and based on guidance from the World Health Organization, precautionary measures include cancelling EXERCISE Trident Jupiter 19-2. This multi-level computer-assisted command post exercise was a simulation designed to exercise multiple NATO military headquarters, and involved computers instead of military personnel conducting actual operations. NATO remains steadfast in its readiness and commitment to protect all Allies and protect our shared values. Careful considerations are being taken to ensure capabilities are not impaired. Valuable lessons learned from the planning and cooperation of this exercise are still captured and makes us better and faster for future exercises.
ARCHIVE PHOTO(2019): Leadership and personnel from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) participate in EXERCISE Trident Jupiter 2019 at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium. Trident Jupiter is a bi-annual multi-level computer-assisted command post exercise designed to exercise multiple NATO military headquarters, and involves computers instead of military personnel conducting actual operations. (NATO Photo by Staff Sgt. Ross Fernie)
The cancellation of EXERCISE Trident Jupiter 19-2 does not affect the ability of our forces to respond to threats – now or in the future. Because we have exercised and worked closely together in a variety of scenarios, for many years, we are highly prepared and highly resilient.
Our nations, allies, partners, and potential adversaries should know that our forces remain ready.