JCBRN Defence COE
The first half of November was a busy period for all Operation Support Department (OSD) members who were participating on Exercise Trident Jupiter 2019 (TRJU 19). The CBRN Reach Back Section supported by the Modeling and Simulation Cell remained based in Vyskov, responding to approximately a dozen Requests for information (RFIs) over the 10 day training period. The Operational Planning Support Section (OPSS) deployed a small two man team to SHAPE, in Mons (Belgium). Their role was to support NATO HQ Staffs with CBRN Planning and Operational issues whilst acting as an interface for the CBRN Reach back Element (CBRN RBE).
CBRN Reachback is defined as a process by which commanders, their staffs and deployed forces may be provided with timely coordinated and authoritative advice on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear issues, drawing on remote expert sources of information.
The NATO CBRN Reachback cell in Vyskov is staffed by 8 personnel who act as the focal point for technical CBRN queries for NATO (IMS, SHAPE and ACT). Utilising a diverse mulit-national network of specialist, the personnel coalesce robust, detailed and technical analysis for planners and decision makers. Additionally, the team provides training support to major NATO exercises and can be called upon to provide technical advice and support to sponsoring nations.