Exercises Kristaps, Fusion 2015 tighten civil-military Integration

Image: The Latvian Prime Minister H.E Mrs Laimdota Straujuma meets the exrcise staff during her visit to HQ ARRC whilst on Exercise Arrcade Fusion 15. Lt. Gen. Tim Evans CBE, DSO, commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, attended the Latvia Cabinet of Ministers Exercise Kristaps 2015 10 November at Lielvarde Airbase.The exercise combines the majority of Ministers, the President, and military leadership in a national-level simulated emergency cabinet session to discuss vignettes that demand crisis response plans. (NATO Photo / WO2 Dan Harmer GBR Army / Released)
10 Nov 2015
Lt. Gen. Tim Evans CBE, DSO, commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, attended the Latvia Cabinet of Ministers Exercise Kristaps 2015 10 November at Lielvarde Airbase.

The exercise unites the President with the majority of Ministers and military leadership in a national-level simulated emergency cabinet session to discuss vignettes that demand crisis response plans. 

"It gave me an excellent opportunity to better understand the support that the Latvian Government and the Ministries would provide a NATO force deploying to the country, said Evans. "To discuss the scale of the operation, and the requirement s, such as port facilities, the transport links and the training areas. It was also a tremendous way to start our multi-national exercise.

The simulated scenario is integrated in Exercise Arrcade Fusion and Baltic Host 2015, linking the three civil-military exercises and their lesson outcomes.

The Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence, and the commander gave a statement at a joint press conference and responded to questions from regional press.

Exercise Kristaps tests Crisis Management Cabinet decisions would be carried out in crisis, understanding the bases for Article V breach, and responses to such an event. The event will also discuss how NFIU concepts work during a civil-military crises, and furthering practical lessons for NATO and Host Nation structures.
 

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