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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 046-06
May 17, 2006

Gen. Lance Smith to Hold Media Availability May 19 in Brussels. Washington Based Media Invited to Participate

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command USJFCOM) Air Force Gen. Lance Smith will host a media availability at the conclusion of the Multinational Experiment 4 (MNE 4) Senior Leader Seminar May 19.  In addition to Gen. Smith, MNE 4 representatives will also take part in the briefing. The news media briefing, to be held in Brussels, Belgium, will discuss lessons learned from MNE 4 and the way ahead for Multinational Experiment 5.

Washington-based Pentagon press corps and foreign news media are invited to monitor and participate in this 10 a.m. (EDT) event from the DoD Press Briefing Room in the Pentagon.

Multinational Experiment 4 , an international experiment held earlier this year following a two-year body of work involved approximately 800 participants from Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, NATO and the United States. The three-week event ran simultaneously from 10 locations worldwide.

USJFCOM was the sponsor and overall lead for MNE4, while individual nations and coalition partners led the specific concepts and processes the experiment explored.

MNE 4 was designed to further explore concepts and supporting tools for the entire range of an effects-based approach to multinational operations within a coalition environment. The environment of the experiment included stability operations with increasing levels of violence and was designed to assist in the development of future processes, organizations and technologies at the operational level of command.

The experiment results are providing insights and recommendations which will allow nations to build stronger coalition teams, enhance interoperability, and improve processes.

Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only.  Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.