Tactical exercise to create deeper understanding and develop problem solving methods

“Two patrols have been trapped by an unexpected flow of IDPs presenting a major risk of escalation to riots and direct violence against the trapped soldiers. The commanding officer on the scene now reports that they rapidly need reinforcement” says Lieutenant Colonel David Cowhig, when introducing a topic during the tactical exercise without troops for Nordic Battlegroup.

Deputy Force Commander Colonel Howard Berney is an active participant in the exercise.
Deputy Force Commander Colonel Howard Berney is an active participant in the exercise. Photo: Rickard Wissman
David Cowhig acts as a Game leader during the exercise.
Photo: Rickard Wissman/Swedish Armed Forces

From 1 January 2015 the Nordic Battlegroup is prepared to make a contribution to the EU crisis management. This means that the men and women from seven countries are to solve tasks in a crisis area within 10 days of a political decision to do so. NBG 15 has developed numerous concepts for the conduct of multinational operations in a variety of situations.

Keynote speakers

During the tactical exercise without troops (TEWT) the leadership of NBG are being subjected by topics and challenges in order to give a common understanding of ways to solve some of the challenges that the Battlegroup might be exposed to in an operation. During the exercise keynote speakers are the Swedish Minister of Defence Karin Enström and Major-general Bengt Andersson.

“The intent for the exercise is to give the participants an increased understanding of capabilities and potential challenges for NBG, in order to be prepared for the readiness period” says David Cowhig, who acts as a Game leader during the exercise.

Developing a common understanding

Cooperation with other organisations, the best solutions to the deteriorating humanitarian situations and how to effectively use all assets within the Battlegroup are some of the topics and challenges that the participants at the exercise are discussing. 

Deputy Force Commander Colonel Howard Berney is an active participant in the exercise and is satisfied with the results;  

“I am very pleased with the design and conduct of the exercise. The related discussions and the contributions by keynote speakers and subject matter experts are of very high standard. Our deliberations and interactions are giving us a greater understanding of some of the potential challenges that we will likely face, and assist us in developing a common understanding of how to deal with them successfully” says Colonel Howard Berney, following discussions on how to relieve the two patrols which had been trapped.