GRAFENWOHR, Germany - More than 50 heavy tactical vehicles and prime movers from the United Kingdom rolled into Camp Algier Aug. 25 and began to set up for Exercise Combined Endeavor (CE) 2014.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the exercise and is the first in more than three years with UK participation.
Over the next three weeks the U.S. will work the UK and 30 additional partners and NATO allies, as well as three international organizations, to build and secure a mission partner network. Once the network is built, it will be tested and secured against cyber threats then utilized to conduct a full spectrum of military operations, providing command, control, intelligence and information sharing to a highly diverse multinational force.
Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Wood, the CE 14 exercise director, commented that he is excited to see the great efforts from across many countries to ensure connectivity, resiliency and interoperability in the mission partner network.
The UK is playing a key role here as the Land Component Command Headquarters while also testing and evaluating their own forces to right-size their expeditionary operational capability.
The end result of the UK’s participation in CE 14 will be two-fold: to capitalize and build on the command and control lessons learned over the past 13 years in Afghanistan, while working on future force design for the British Army.
In the operational stage of this year’s exercise the multinational force will focus on crucial command and control systems, and practice ballistic missile warning procedures with our vital coalition partners.
Combined Endeavor is the preeminent command, control, communications and computer, or C4, systems exercise used for preparing international forces for multinational operations. The goal of Combined Endeavor is to foster stronger alliance and regional relations and security arrangements through C4 systems interoperability testing between NATO and Partnership for Peace nations’ strategic and tactical communication systems.