Article / November 13, 2015 JOINTEX
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JOINTEX is an exercise that demonstrates the abilities of a Canadian-led Multinational Joint Integrated Task Force Headquarters (MJITF HQ) in the planning and conduct of coalition operations in a joint, inter-agency, multinational and public environment. JOINTEX is designed to transform the way the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) train, develop and learn to prepare for future operations.
During JOINTEX, the CAF practice the provision and functions of national command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and sustainment while operating at home or abroad.
The aim of JOINTEX 15 is to advance CAF mission preparedness by practicing the conduct of joint, combined and integrated expeditionary operations, developing concepts and procedures, and providing a focus for force development. The exercise provides an opportunity to exercise CAF’s ability to command Canadian and international forces and prepare for the most challenging international contingency operations.
For this iteration of JOINTEX, the CAF are maximizing training value by linking JOINTEX 15 with NATO’s flagship exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 – which is NATO’s largest exercise in recent history, with over 36,000 troops from more than 30 nations. Approximately 1650 CAF members will participate in TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15.
TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 is led by NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum, in the Netherlands. By its scale, its advanced scenario, exercise venues, and alliance command and control, TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 allows for CAF to synchronize a nation-wide training scenario to achieve efficiency among the environmental commands: the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air force (RCAF) and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).
JOINTEX 15 has four primary objectives:
- Practice, evaluate and improve CAF capacity and ability to command and conduct joint, combined and integrated forces in complex operations;
- Practice, evaluate and further develop national contingency plans;
- Advance, integrate and evaluate force development and joint force capability enhancements; and
- Develop, document and institutionalize the CAF Distributed Training and Simulation Capability.
JOINTEX 15 has three training stages:
- Training of Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and 1st Canadian Division Headquarters senior staff with a table top exercise in Kingston, Ontario (January and February 2015);
- Training of approximately 1,000 MJITF staff in a 24/7 command post exercise in Meaford, Ontario – synchronized with the NATO Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway (September and October 2015); and
- Training of a deployed Joint Task Force Support Component and a National Command Element for the live portion of TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15, which will take place in several locations in Portugal, Spain, Italy and at sea (September, October and November 2015).
Designed to be conducted in five stages, JOINTEX began in 2010. The final stage concluded in June 2013. The exercise demonstrated the CAF’s ability to:
- Command and control a MJITF;
- Conduct collaborative operational planning;
- Conduct interactive training at both the operational and tactical levels; and
- Carry out the procedures and apply the practices that enable national command and control, and sustainment.
The final stage of JOINTEX 13 utilized all components of the exercise in a complex scenario designed to train participants to develop doctrine, tactics and procedures that enhance the CAF’s ability to deliver integrated effects. It had a complex operating environment allowing for the execution of numerous operations including: deterrence, combat, security and planning for stability. It was the most complex network-enabled collective training event the CAF have ever conducted.
JOINTEX 13 also integrated and leveraged three force generation exercises that were occurring at the same time:
- Exercise TRIDENT FURY, conducted by the RCN in the vicinity of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt from May 3to 19;
- Ex MAPLE RESOLVE, conducted by the Canadian Army at CFB Wainwright from May 13 to June 9;
- Ex MAPLE FLAG, conducted by the RCAF at 4 Wing Cold Lake from May 27 to June 21.
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