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Allied Effort

Thirty seven members of the U.S. European Command participated in NATO's Exercise Allied Effort 2001. Poland hosted the exercise from 5 to 20 November 2001. As the lead U.S. military command in Europe, the U.S. European Command routinely participates in planning and conducting NATO exercises. Representatives of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Special Operations Command, Europe, participate in Allied Effort 2001 as part of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) staff.

Organized by Allied Forces North, the exercise involved approximately 2,500 personnel from NATO and Partner countries and is aimed at training the headquarters and component commands of a CJTF in the planning and conduct of a peace-support operation. The exercise and lessons learned from it should contribute to the implementation of the CJTF concept as well as improve interoperability with the forces of Partner countries.

The NATO Command Post Exercise ALLIED EFFORT 2001 (AE 01) took place during the period 5 - 20 November 2001. The exercise was mounted by Allied Forces North Europe and involved approximately 2,500 personnel from 14 NATO nations: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America; together with forces from 13 Partner nations: Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

This exercise had been planned for many months and is unrelated to recent real-world events. It was hosted by Poland and will be located at the Kosciuszko Officers' College, Wroclaw, Poland. In addition to providing the exercise location, Poland contributed a large contingent of personnel to actively participate in this multinational training.

AE 01 was designed to train a Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) HQ and Component Commands through the planning and conduct of a peace support operation. The exercise, and the lessons learned from it, will contribute towards the implementation of the CJTF concept, and will also improve interoperability with NATO's Partner nations.

The exercise was set on the fictitious peninsula of GEM. The scenario portrays a crisis between a number of countries on GEM, leading to conflict, followed by a UN brokered cease-fire and the drafting of a General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP). To support the implementation of the GFAP, and in response to a request from the UN Security Council, the NAC directs SACEUR to implement the military aspects of the GFAP. To achieve this, the decision is taken to deploy a NATO-led CJTF to conduct a Peace Support Operation. In doing this, NATO's strategic objectives are to prevent a resumption of hostilities or other threats to the peace, and establish the required Separation Zones; and to promote a secure climate for civil reconstruction, nation and confidence building activities and reconciliation. The exercise play commences at the point that the GFAP is ratified by the countries concerned.

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