Here’s a brief intro to the annual exercise Africa Endeavor, going on right now:
1) In cooperation with the Armed Forces of Cameroon and the support of the African Union, U.S. Africa Command is sponsoring Africa Endeavor 2012, the largest military communications interoperability and information sharing exercise in Africa
2) The exercise will be held June 18 to 27, 2012, in Douala, Cameroon. Look for our regular feature on African nations, “Africa Snapshot”, highlighting Cameroon next week.
3) About 35 African nations and 250 participants, including Africans, Europeans, Canadians and Americans, will be involved in Africa Endeavor 2012.
4) Africa Endeavor 2012 is modeled after Combined Endeavor, the largest command, control, communications and computers interoperability event in the world. Combined Endeavor is sponsored by U.S. European Command and draws 1,400 communications professionals from more than 40 NATO and Partnership for Peace countries each year.
5) Ensuring African nations can communicate smoothly with each other in times of crisis is critical to peacekeeping and regional stability. Africa Endeavor 2012 focuses on testing command, control, communications and information systems to prepare for future combined humanitarian, peacekeeping, peace support and anti-terrorism operations.
6) One of U.S. Africa Command’s goals is to help its partner African nations improve their military capabilities. The exercise was planned together to identify, test, and document how different communications systems and other systems work together. Read about the initial planning conference, hosted by Lesotho, and the final planning conference, hosted by Ghana.
7) The results from the tests will help improve support of the African Union and its Standby Force by creating a common standard for joint military operations in the future.
8) After the exercise is finished, an updated African Interoperability Guide will be produced.
9) The first Africa Endeavor was held in over five days in 2006 in South Africa. Participants came from 24 African nations. Read about that first Africa Endeavor exercise.
10) Each year, the exercise builds on its learnings from the year before. Watch a video of the opening ceremony of Africa Endeavor last year, in Banjul, The Gambia.
Starting this week, you can find stories, photos, video and more covering Africa Endeavor on our website, Flickr page and YouTube channel. For frequent updates, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
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