The NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) is one of the initiatives under the umbrella of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP), endorsed at the NATO Summit in Wales in August 2014.
“Today we have endorsed a Substantial Package for Georgia that includes: defence capacity building, training, exercises, strengthened liaison, and enhanced interoperability opportunities. These measures aim to strengthen Georgia's defense and interoperability capabilities with the Alliance, which will help Georgia advance in its preparations towards membership in the Alliance”. reads the summit declaration.
JTEC was inaugurated in 2015 by NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, before opening fully on 30 May 2016. NATO members and partner nations have been actively involved in both JTEC’s establishment and subsequent development. The NATO Advisory Team is currently made up of personnel from four NATO Allies: Norway, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Hungary.
One of JTEC’s most important achievements is the NATO-Georgian Exercise, which has been hosted by the centre in 2016, 2019, and 2022. The GDF has fulfilled the roles of both Officer Directing the Exercise and Officer Conducting the Exercise. The exercises were international and involved military personnel from NATO Allies, Partner nations, several NATO command headquarters, and affiliated centres. From 2022, the planning and execution process has been managed solely by JTEC, facilitated through partnerships with NATO Allied Command Transformation, Allied Land Command and the NATO Joint Force Training Centre.
The NATO-Georgian exercise series is designed to train a Georgian-led multinational brigade headquarters to plan, coordinate, and execute military responses to humanitarian crises. It also tests the interoperability of Georgian, Allied, and Partner forces, and Georgian command and control capabilities. The series demonstrates a multinational ability to react to a developing crisis below the threshold of warfighting, incorporating civil-military cooperation with international and non-governmental organizations.