Exercise ARRCADE NELSON outlines ARRC future goals
ARRC Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Roberto D'Alessandro along with Dr. Andrew Monaghen, Chatham House, London; Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman, NATO Military Committee, and Professor Christopher Coker, at ARRCADE NELSON 2015, 8 Dec. (NATO Photos by Sgt. O'Neill, GBR, Released)
Dec 8, 2015
(INNSWORTH, UK) - Exercise ARRCADE Nelson is HQ ARRC’s annual capstone conceptual study period where academics and senior staff officers come together to discuss the headquarters, where it stands now and where it needs to go. This year, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) held Ex ARRCADE Nelson in the Officers’ Mess December 8, 2015.
The study day included personnel from the ARRC and a number of guest speakers to include Dr. Andrew Monaghen, Chatham House, London; Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman, NATO Military Committee, and Professor Christopher Coker.
Topics discussed during ARRCADE Nelson that impact the ARRC included the Political challenges facing NATO; a keynote address by Gen. Pavel entitled the ‘Road to Warsaw and Beyond,’ and commander of HQ ARRC Lt. Gen. Tim Evans’ address entitled The Enhanced NATO Response Force: A High Readiness Force (Land)’s perspective on the journey so far.’
"We are going to make sense of what we got from [Exercise ARRCADE FUSION 15], what we think and go through and put that to practice,” said Evans. "As we look forward to the Warsaw summit, where do you think NATO is headed and how,” he asked.
Following the morning’s topics in the Officers’ Mess, a symposium was held by the ARRC staff and six general officers to look at the lessons of ARRCADE FUSION 2015. Topics of discussion included the command and control structure, the deployability of the HQ, the Joint Logistics Support Group.
"Our success has been dependent on the professionalism and commitment of the personnel in the HQ and the support of their families. It has been a busy, demanding and hugely rewarding year and we will be ready for whatever next year brings,” said Evans.
HQ ARRC has gained a reputation for delivering success in difficult and complex political and military operations. It was at the forefront of change as the first NATO High Readiness Force (Land) HQ. The ARRC continues to experiment in order to be a responsive, credible and capable Headquarters able to meet the complex demands of the contemporary operation environment.