World’s largest multilateral C4 exercise concludes
The world’s largest communication network interoperability exercise, Combined Endeavor 14, officially ended following the event’s closing-ceremony in Grafenwöhr, Germany, Sept 12.
Partner nations parading their colors at the opening ceremony of Combined Endeavor 2014 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 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.
7 photos: Combined Endeavor 2014 opening ceremonies
Photo 1 of 7: Partner nations parading their colors at the opening ceremony of Combined Endeavor 2014 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 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. Download full-resolution version
A Ukrainian student studies between Cyber Endeavor seminars. This year's Cyber Endeavor class has more than 50 students representing more than 20 nations. The seminars are part of EUCOM's public-private partnering cyber security initiative in which cyber security experts in leading industries gather together to significantly improve the collective cyber security posture of our Allies and partners. The Ukrainian delegation has students students attending this year's seminar.
7 photos: Cyber Endeavor seminars during Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014
Photo 2 of 7: A Ukrainian student studies between Cyber Endeavor seminars. This year's Cyber Endeavor class has more than 50 students representing more than 20 nations. The seminars are part of EUCOM's public-private partnering cyber security initiative in which cyber security experts in leading industries gather together to significantly improve the collective cyber security posture of our Allies and partners. The Ukrainian delegation has students students attending this year's seminar. Download full-resolution version
The United Kingdom's delegation chief, Lt. Col. Fowkes, salutes during the Combined Endeavor 2014 opening ceremonies. 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.
7 photos: Combined Endeavor 2014 opening ceremonies
Photo 3 of 7: The United Kingdom's delegation chief, Lt. Col. Fowkes, salutes during the Combined Endeavor 2014 opening ceremonies. 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. Download full-resolution version
The Ukrainian delegation marches during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014. 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.
7 photos: Combined Endeavor 2014 opening ceremonies
Photo 4 of 7: The Ukrainian delegation marches during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014. 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. Download full-resolution version
A British soldier from the British Signals Regiment sets up power distribution for in preparation for Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014 at Grafenwoehr, Germany. 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.
7 photos: United States European Command Image
Photo 5 of 7: A British soldier from the British Signals Regiment sets up power distribution for in preparation for Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014 at Grafenwoehr, Germany. 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. Download full-resolution version
Army Brig. Gen. Welton Chase Jr., director for U.S. European Command's C4/Cyber directorate, talks with Polish Armed Forces Col. Grzegorz Szmit, chief of branch, Mobile Deployable Communication and Information Systems, at Exercise Combined Endeavor's Distinguished Visitor Day, Sept. 8, 2014. 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.
7 photos: Combined Endeavor 2014 Distinguished Visitor Day
Photo 6 of 7: Army Brig. Gen. Welton Chase Jr., director for U.S. European Command's C4/Cyber directorate, talks with Polish Armed Forces Col. Grzegorz Szmit, chief of branch, Mobile Deployable Communication and Information Systems, at Exercise Combined Endeavor's Distinguished Visitor Day, Sept. 8, 2014. 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. Download full-resolution version
British Army Lt. Gen. Mark Poffley OBE, commander force development and capability, talks with Ukrainian Army Col. Ihor Lipko during distinguished visitor day at Exercise Combined Endeavor on Sept. 8, 2014. 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.
7 photos: Combined Endeavor 2014 Distinguished Visitor Day
Photo 7 of 7: British Army Lt. Gen. Mark Poffley OBE, commander force development and capability, talks with Ukrainian Army Col. Ihor Lipko during distinguished visitor day at Exercise Combined Endeavor on Sept. 8, 2014. 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. Download full-resolution version
Partner nations parading their colors at the opening ceremony of Combined Endeavor 2014 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 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.
A Ukrainian student studies between Cyber Endeavor seminars. This year's Cyber Endeavor class has more than 50 students representing more than 20 nations. The seminars are part of EUCOM's public-private partnering cyber security initiative in which cyber security experts in leading industries gather together to significantly improve the collective cyber security posture of our Allies and partners. The Ukrainian delegation has students students attending this year's seminar.
The United Kingdom's delegation chief, Lt. Col. Fowkes, salutes during the Combined Endeavor 2014 opening ceremonies. 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.
The Ukrainian delegation marches during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014. 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.
A British soldier from the British Signals Regiment sets up power distribution for in preparation for Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014 at Grafenwoehr, Germany. 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.
Army Brig. Gen. Welton Chase Jr., director for U.S. European Command's C4/Cyber directorate, talks with Polish Armed Forces Col. Grzegorz Szmit, chief of branch, Mobile Deployable Communication and Information Systems, at Exercise Combined Endeavor's Distinguished Visitor Day, Sept. 8, 2014. 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.
British Army Lt. Gen. Mark Poffley OBE, commander force development and capability, talks with Ukrainian Army Col. Ihor Lipko during distinguished visitor day at Exercise Combined Endeavor on Sept. 8, 2014. 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.

GRAFENWOHR, Germany - The world’s largest communication network interoperability exercise, Combined Endeavor 14, officially ended following the event’s closing ceremony in Grafenwöhr, Germany, Sept 12.

CE is a command, control, communications, and computer (C4) network-system training event designed to enhance network interoperability between nation coalitions.

More than 1,200 communication professionals from 31 North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Partnership-for-Peace countries, as well as other strategic European partners participated in the U.S. European Command-sponsored exercise.

Over the span of two weeks, four mission groups and two component commands constructed, maintained and defended communication networks. The groups accomplished this by following the step-by-step guidelines set by the Joining Membership and Exiting Instructions documents.

JMEI is a platform that provides the readiness services of video teleconferencing, email with attachments and web browsing for mission partner operations on a single and secured network.

“The CE14 mission-network was established faster and provided more reliable service to a greater portion of the coalition than ever before, contributing the success of this year’s exercise to adjustments made to JMEI,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Wood, exercise director. “This represents a significant improvement compared to our CE13 performance and sets the stage for continued development as we transition these concepts into other events.”

These networks were configured and synchronized with the intent of being operated by a single coalition made up of multiple nations and echelons of command.

Ukrainian Army Lt. Col. Roman Grytskiy, operational system controller for mission group IV, also expressed the importance of JMEI.

“JMEI is like the [C4] bible for different countries, it teaches countries how to work together using one network,” said Grytskiy. “I believe that Combined Endeavor is way to success because, here, we learn how to connect with other nations.”

Grytskiy said Ukrainian officers and soldiers who have participated in previous CE exercises are now applying those same standards and procedures throughout Ukraine’s current crisis regions.

“Our performance this year is a tribute to hard work of each delegation and participant, and proves that we can work together as a coalition to create a mission-network for our future battlefield commanders," said Wood. “When our potential adversaries look across our borders they will see a resolute group of nations that is prepared and ready to respond as a coalition.”

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