BSI is pleased to release our report on attending Exercise Trident Jaguar 2018. (Learn more about TRJR18 in our previous blog post)
In late 2017 NATO invited Blue Shield International (BSI) to participate in Exercise Trident Jaguar 2018 alongside other NGOs. This was a first for BSI, reflecting both NATO’s emerging institutional commitment to cultural heritage protection, and BSI’s determination to develop closer relations with state party armed forces and NATO itself. From BSI’s perspective exercise participation was a success that should be repeated on future exercises. The aim of this report is to capture the experience in order to table lessons that inform both BSI and NATO thinking about cultural heritage protection activities on operations, as well as the cultural heritage protection environment on future command post exercises.
The exercise allowed NATO to:
- Work in partnership with cultural heritage protection subject matter experts during operational planning.
- Replicate the political-military-heritage framework fundamental to the delivery of effective cultural heritage protection.
- Develop its own conceptual thinking towards operational solutions for the conduct of cultural heritage protection tasks.
The exercise allowed BSI to develop its understanding of:
- NATO’s command processes.
- The conduct of high-level command post exercises.
- The political-military-heritage framework fundamental to the delivery of effective cultural heritage protection during armed conflicts, not least in relation to that set out in the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two protocols.