NATO Exercise Prepares Allied Command for “Major Contingency Operation”

NATO Exersice Bold Ambition II

From Allied Command Operations:  NATO Exercise Bold Ambition II 10 was conducted at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein from 15 to 20 May 2010. About 450 personnel from 19 nations and 22 NATO and national headquarters conducted a computer-assisted Command Post Exercise to ensure the Joint Forces Air Component (JFAC) is fully capable of providing air command and control in a major contingency operation. …

BAN II 10 focused on the higher end of the contingency spectrum, with the emphasis more on traditional combat operations including air and missile defence, air attack and electronic warfare. The intensity and nature of combat operations within the scenario permitted the training audience to undertake a more rigorous and thorough testing of the Air Planning Cycle.

"NATO must prepare and practice the full range of air power capabilities. We currently emphasize Counter Insurgency, Peace Keeping and Initial Entry operations in support of the vitally important ISAF Mission. However, we must keep alive our understanding of the many other missions we require to ensure the defence and security of all NATO members, both at home and overseas.” said Air Marshal David Walker, Deputy Commander Allied Air Command Ramstein. "BAN II 10 brought together national and NATO competencies, not only airmen, but also sailors and soldiers sharing their knowledge and expertise to further improve interoperability,” he added.  (photo: Allied Command Operations)

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