Viking exercise tests civil-military cooperation

  • Last updated: 03 Apr. 2009 18:01

From 5 to 16 December, some 2000 civilian and military personnel are looking at ways of improving civil-military reponses to crises in exercise Viking 05, led by NATO partner country Sweden.

The computer-based exercise is taking place simultaneously in 11 locations in Europe.

Participants will have to work together to deal with various rapidly-evolving crisis scenarios, including full-fledged civil war in a fictitous country.

Avoiding real-life mistakes

This advanced simulation aims to identify ways of improving information flow between civil and military actors taking part in international crisis response operations.

A misunderstanding within our exercise will hopefully lead to one less misunderstanding in action,” said Jonas Alberoth, deputy director of the Folke Bernadotte Academy, a Swedish government agency dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of international conflict and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations.

NATO’s Alliace Command Transformation is contributing by leading two experiments aimed at testing concepts for improving information flow among participants.

One of these is a special, secure Web site aimed at facilitating information exchange for specific international crises and operations.

This is the fourth exercise in the VIKING series, which has now developed into a major joint exercise for NATO and partner countries.