BRATISLAVA, Slovak Republic (Jan. 30, 2012) — The week-long initial planning conference for exercise Combined Endeavor 2012 (CE12), U.S. European Command’s largest communications interoperability exercise, began today with more than 250 participants attending to begin planning.
During the opening ceremony, Robert Ondrejcsak, PhD, State Secretary of the Slovak Republic Ministry of Defence, welcomed national representatives and planners from 35 countries and organizations, while highlighting the exercise’s value to the Slovak Republic.
"Slovak Armed Forces have participated in Combined Endeavor since 1995, the very beginning of the exercise. Combined Endeavor exercise was, is and will stay one of the main tools for testing interoperability of our new Computer Information Systems equipment, as well as for building human interoperability and friendships with our NATO and Partnership for Peace allies. We believe that Combined Endeavor has promoted the development of our CIS capabilities in the right direction.”
Combined Endeavor is a EUCOM-sponsored, multinational initiative intended to encourage interoperability and information exchange among nations with common stability, security and sustainment goals and objectives via communications networks and subsequent collaborative links. This week’s IPC in Bratislava gives the delegations and components the opportunity to begin network development for the operationally focused technical planning and testing for this, the 18th year of CE.
Lt. Col. Brian Heberlie, the CE12 exercise director, commented on the work taking place this week at the IPC. “This week 35 nations and international organizations will focus on initial planning for CE12 Command and Control (C2); Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I); and cyber services planning.”
During the IPC, participants will begin developing network architecture that supports the exercise’s operational construct and provides pathways for testing interoperable capabilities of the combined systems.
“Because this architecture is built around national goals and objectives, and subsequent mission threads, the network best replicates what a commander would expect to have at his disposal when a coalition joint task force stands up,” Heberlie said. “Our goal is for the commander to have confidence that he has the necessary C4I capabilities to command and control his multinational support. Planners should take pride in knowing their work has an operational impact on the battlefield and during humanitarian operations.”
CE12 will take place in Grafenwöhr, Germany, Sept. 6-20.