The Crisis Action Team (CAT) and Joint Planning Team (JPT) give the headquarters a way to react rapidly to unanticipated crises that cause a breakdown in the DJTF headquarters normal battle rhythm.
The Observation, Liaison, and Reconnaissance Team provides initial information gathering, situational awareness, and intelligence and establishes liaison and conducts initial coordination of support with the host nation, nongovernmental organizations, and private volunteer organizations prior to arrival of the DJTF headquarters.
The small operational footprint of the forward deployed DJTF HQS simplifies force protection and life support requirements for the headquarters, but also limits capabilities and functionality to what is mission essential.
The combination of strong leadership by senior members of the DJTF team, an aggressive training agenda, and feedback from the JWC observers/trainers took headquarters proficiency beyond what was initially anticipated.
Perhaps the most important accomplishment of Operation Stavanger, however, was the high cohesion the DJTF achieved in the first 48 hours.
As an intermediate headquarters, the DJTF HQS adds value by delivering timely, useful products and services to component commands.
NATO nations must acknowledge that NRF missions place unique demands on the DJTF team and assign personnel to the headquarters with the knowledge, experience, and communication skills to:
Operation Stavanger helped transform the DJTF team into an adaptive, innovative learning organization.