Joint Expeditionary Force: a new era of military cooperation

Source: British Army

The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a multinational defence framework designed to provide security to the High North, North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea Region as a response to global security challenges.

The JEF is ten-like minded northern European nations: the United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Each nation provides a key contribution to European security.

The ten nations are stronger when working together: demonstrating capability across a range of roles, increasing capacity, and complementing NATO and other European and global security arrangements.

One of the key features of the JEF is its focus on joint training and exercises. By working together, the participating nations can improve their interoperability and readiness.

The JEF has already conducted several successful exercises, from Baltic Protector in 2019 to the most recent being Exercise Joint Viking, in Norway’s High North. This was a major training exercise which allowed JEF participant nations to pool their resources, knowledge, and expertise to conduct operations.

The JEF is capable of operating in diverse environments and under different scenarios. It consists of air, land, and maritime components, with the ability to carry out joint operations and exercises across all five domains, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

As the global security landscape continues to evolve, the JEF remains committed to working closely with its global allies to ensure a secure and stable future. The framework is a testament to the enduring strength of partnerships, and to the importance of international military cooperation in promoting Euro-Atlantic security.



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