May 21, 2005
Release Number: 05-05-27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. FORCES AND GCC NATIONS PARTICIPATED IN CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT EXERCISE
DOHA, Qatar – Senior military and government officials from the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the United States participated in Exercise EAGLE RESOLVE 2005 (ER 05) held here May 1 – 12. The exercise consisted of an operator/warfighter-level command post exercise, a field training exercise and an executive-level seminar that were designed to improve readiness and strengthen military and professional relationships with GCC nations.
“EAGLE RESOLVE 2005 has been the most comprehensive and engaging ER exercise to date,” said LTC Mike Walton, ER 05 Exercise Director, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). “I’m truly encouraged by the Qatar and GCC nations’ aggressive pursuit of honest assessments of current capabilities and believe the region will benefit immensely from the lessons learned at this exercise.”
ER 05, hosted by the Government of Qatar, was designed to promote and facilitate discussions on topics associated with disaster preparedness and response, and cooperative defense against weapons and incidents of mass destruction. The exercise focused on consequence management and demonstrated the effectiveness of a coordinated regional crisis management program.
“Our countries have made substantial progress towards reducing our vulnerability to weapons of mass destruction (WMD),” said GEN John P. Abizaid, Commander, USCENTCOM. “However, there is still work to do. WMD proliferation remains a regional and world-wide threat that requires our continual efforts.”
Participants in ER 05 included the Qatar Armed Forces, U.S. Armed Forces, delegations from the GCC Chiefs of Staff and selected subject matter experts in the field of consequence management from each nation.
The EAGLE RESOLVE exercise campaign is a long term sequence of seminars and exercises to enhance the defense of the region and demonstrate the resolve of the GCC and the United States.