The experiences and lessons learned from past Combined Endeavor exercises has and continues to lead to coalition successes in military deployments to Iraqi and Afghanistan as well as for humanitarian efforts such as the recent earthquake in Pakistan, said Army Lt. Col. Kevin Warthon, exercise director.
During African Endeavor, participating African nations will test their respective communications systems in hopes of achieving the same successes.
"Collectively and cooperatively, Africa will take ownership of Africa Endeavor," Warthon said. "U.S. European Command can offer years of Combined Endeavor success stories, but in the end, the interoperability test document that is developed will be based on Africa's peace support operations."
During the Addis Ababa planning conference, nations presented detailed information on their respective military missions as well as their command, control and communications capabilities and shortfalls. This information will drive what interoperability testing they will conduct during the July exercise, Warthon said.
The U.S. Joint Interoperability Test Command from Fort Huachuca, Ariz., will assist during African Endeavor with testing and follow-up documentation.
After a thorough assessment of the participating nations' capabilities during the exercise, U.S. European Command officials will help establish a baseline for interoperability among the participating nations, Warthon explained. In the past, several African nations observed or participated in Combined Endeavor exercises where they gained a greater understanding of proven coalition communication standards.