An Example of Interoperability, Partnership, and Understanding
By Dialogo June 25, 2015Hi, greetings. I am an official in the Panamanian Chancery, I participated in PANAMAX 2014 and I would like to publish and share this article on my LinkedIn site, but I don't see any direct link. If possible, could you help me to do this, in Spanish and English, if it is viable according to your security criteria. Thank you, regards. Keep the hard work!!!
Ernesto E. Cerrud Herrera, Minister of Foreign Relations, Panama
Last year, the military and security forces of 16 nations came together in August in San Antonio, Texas, as well as locations in Mayport and Miami, Florida, Mississippi, and the Caribbean Sea for seven days of military exercises as part of PANAMAX 2014. Here, nations demonstrated regional partnership, solidarity with the Government of Panama, and integration of military capabilities. Nations used simulations to command and control multinational sea, air, cyber, and land forces defending the vital waterway and surrounding areas against threats from violent extremism, natural disasters, and pandemic outbreaks as well as to practice common multinational military integration for different types of threats that could affect the stability of the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important economic structures located nearly 2,600 miles away.
During the PANAMAX exercise, the multinational task force integrated employment of a B-52 long-range, subsonic, jet-powered aircraft to support maritime detection and monitoring. This was significant for our regional partnership since it was the first time in three years that a strategic military asset was employed during exercise scenarios, providing regional partners the opportunity to practice integration and enhance interoperability with other military capabilities.
An exercise like PANAMAX shows how our regional partners stay abreast of 21st-century threats and evolve over the years to train on these threats as potentially encountered in today’s land, sea, air, and cyber environments. This military exercise is designed to execute stability operations under the authorization of a United Nations Security Council Resolution to defend a globally important waterway. The exercise provides interoperability training for the participating multinational staffs and builds participating nation capability to plan and execute complex multinational operations in addition to developing and sustaining relationships, while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces.
Throughout the region, there are multiple examples of multinational exercises where interoperability with different types of military capabilities occurs. One of these is Beyond the Horizons (BTH)
, which during the 2015 exercise cycle in El Salvador, was led by U.S. Army South as a combined exercise with the host government, where U.S. military engineers and medical professionals worked hand-in-hand with their counterparts from El Salvador on training and to provide humanitarian services. The purpose of BTH is to conduct civic assistance and medical and engineering support to show U.S. support and commitment to El Salvador. In 2015, there was also an iteration of the exercise in Panama.
held in Honduras in 2015, is a U.S Air Forces South-led exercise focused on improving the joint training readiness of U.S. military members, partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals, and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.
, an annual exercise directed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and sponsored by U.S. Southern Command, is conducted in cooperation with Caribbean Basin Partner Nations. The exercise is designed to improve cooperation and interoperability of Partner Nations in responding to regional security threats. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, in Miami, is the executive agent for the exercise.
Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias, FA-HUM
, is a regionally-oriented Tabletop Exercise conducted and designed to build partner nation capacity to respond to a major disaster and to strengthen hemispheric cooperation and collaboration between regional humanitarian entities and military/security forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. FA-HUM 2015 will take place in Honduras.
These events enable partners to work close to each other while respecting their sovereignty, but most of all allow partner nations to learn from each other and share experiences to improve their own capabilities.