GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Service members of Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia are working alongside more than 35 other nations from around the world to enhance interoperability and obtain different techniques to operate during Combined Endeavor 2011, which began Sept. 8, in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Combined Endeavor is a multi-nation exercise involving nearly 40 NATO, Partnership for Peace and strategic security partners, and is designed to increase interoperability and communications processes between the participating nations.
This is the eleventh year that the Croatian military has participated in the exercise, which broadens skills through practical exercises and seminars on cyber defense and communication systems.
“In just the three years I have been participating, CE has taken large steps forward to operational relevance, taking it in a completely different direction” said Maj. Dank Vuk, communications officer. “I am very excited to see what is on the horizon, ten to fifteen years from now in Combined Endeavor.”
2011 marks a change in how the exercise was conducted over the past years. Initially, Combined Endeavor focused primarily on the ways different technologies work together, but this year, the command element of the exercise has refocused on the way the countries themselves work together in ways that can carry over to current operations.
According to Vuk, this level of human interoperability that all the participants develop while working side-by-side is equally important to success in future operations.
“Even though our technology may be compatible, if the human elements of the equation are not compatible then it doesn’t matter how good the technology is,” said Vuk. “If we do not have this dimension of human interoperability, we will not act as one, and that is probably one of the most important parts of combined endeavor.”