Combined Endeavor 2012 planning conference begins
The week-long mid planning conference for exercise Combined Endeavor 2012 (CE12), U.S. European Command’s largest communications interoperability exercise, began today with more than 300 participants attending to continue the planning and testing for this year’s exercise.

TIRANA, Albania (Mar. 26, 2012) — The week-long mid planning conference for exercise Combined Endeavor 2012 (CE12), U.S. European Command’s largest communications interoperability exercise, began today with more than 300 participants attending to continue the planning and testing for this year’s exercise.

During the opening ceremony, Albanian Chief of General Staff, Maj. Gen. Xhemal Gjunkshi, talked about his country’s history with Combined Endeavor, while highlighting the importance of NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations working together to plan and execute interoperability testing of command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems.

"Since 1999, Albania has participated in Combined Endeavor and this is the fourth time we’ve hosted a planning conference. This fact reflects the Albanian Armed Forces commitment to this exercise and its goals, and commitment to develop our CIS technologies and human relations with all participating nations."

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 MPC in Tirana 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 MPC, “This week 39 nations and international organizations will focus on Command and Control (C2); and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I).  As the exercise has matured, the signalers and communicators from our nations have again proven themselves competent at providing a robust C4 infrastructure.”

But interoperability is even more important among partnering nations due to the current information climate, according to Heberlie.

“As recent real-world events in EUCOM’s theater have shown, we must continually focus on enhancing a commander’s ability to leverage the information domain, be that sharing of satellite or remotely piloted vehicle imagery, or giving nations the ability to task and share each other’s airlift resources.”

Combined Endeavor 2012 will take place in Grafenwoehr, Germany, September 6-20, 2012. More information is available at http://www.eucom.mil/combined-endeavor.

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