Interagency Exercise Matrix – International Exercises

A list of International Exercises as part of the Interagency Exercise Matrix

International Activities

Below is a list of international activities as part of the Interagency Exercise matrix.

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ARGONAUT

ARGONAUT is a Cypriot-hosted exercise designed to practice Non-Combatant Evacuations (NEO), Search and Rescue (SAR) and planning for a multinational response to a regional crisis in the Levant area. The exercise involves member nations of the NEO Coordination Group including Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, US and UK).

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • international engagement
  • NEO
  • SAR
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • interagency coordination

Frequency

  • Biennial

2018 dates

  • 10 March 2018 to 23 March 2018

2020 dates

  • 10 March 2020 to 23 March 2020

Location

  • Cyprus

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • USA
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Great Britian

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • APF

ARRCADE FUSION

ARRCADE FUSION (AF) is a large NATO Command Post Exercise. The purpose of this exercise is for ADF to continue to engage with NATO, maintain situational awareness of NATO procedures and processes in their joint headquarters. Australia is an enhanced partner nation within NATO.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • international engagement
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy

Frequency

  • Annual

2016 dates

  • 4 November 2016 to 21 November 2016

2017 dates

  • 4 November 2017 to 21 November 2017

Location

  • Great Britian

Participating nations

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • USA

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • Defence

CROIX DU SUD

CROIX DU SUD is a multilateral Field Training Exercise (FTX) series held in Noumea as part of the French regional engagement in the South West Pacific region. The aim of this exercise is to build interoperability of regional partners with a focus on non-combatant evacuation (NEO), Security and Stability Operations (SASO) and/or Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • international engagement
  • HADR
  • NEO
  • SASO
  • policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • interagency coordination
  • WoG coordination
  • crisis management.

Frequency

  • Biennial

2016 dates

  • 7 November 2016 to 19 November 2016

2018 dates

  • 7 November 2018 to 19 November 2018

Location

  • New Caledonia

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • New Zealand
  • New Caledonia
  • PNG
  • Tonga
  • Great Britian
  • USA
  • Vanuatu
  • Japan

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • AFP
  • Defence

EQUATEUR

EQUATEUR is a multilateral Command Post Exercise (CPX) focused on planning Non-combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO), Stability and Security Operations (SASO) and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) activities within the South West Pacific region. EQUATEUR sets the baseline planning for CROIX DU SUD which is held every alternate year.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • international engagement
  • HADR
  • NEO
  • SASO
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • Interagency coordination
  • WoG coordination
  • Crisis Management

Frequency

  • Biennial

2017 dates

  • 27 September 2017 to 8 October 2017

2019 dates

  • 28 September 2019 to 9 October 2019

Location

  • New Calendonia

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • France
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Tonga
  • Soloman Islands
  • Great Britian
  • PNG
  • Vanuatu
  • USA
  • Chile
  • Canada

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • AFP
  • Defence

FEROCIOUS FALCON

FEROCIOUS FALCON is a Qatari-hosted multilateral interagency exercise conducted on a triannual basis. The FALCON series of exercises involve up to 25 participating nations with the primary focus being the defence of Qatar against hostile attack with conventional weapons or WMD. The exercise specifically wants to test strategic level logistic support and to do so in a scenario of concurrent terrorist, piracy and foreign national military attacks. ADF involvement aims to maintain defence relations with Qatar and provide deeper understanding of Qatari capabilities in the lead up to the World Cup in 2022.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operation Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-military coordination
  • CBRN
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Interagency coordiation
  • Crisis management

Frequency

  • Triennian

2017 dates

  • 14 September 2017 to 30 September 2017

2020 dates

  • 14 September 2020 to 30 September 2020

Location

  • Qatar

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Spain
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • MAR
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Great Britian
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • USA

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • AFP

JOINT VENTURE SERIES

The JOINT series of exercises is the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters primary certification and readiness activity designed to test operational planning within a whole-of-government construct. ADF participation in these exercises is principally to maintain operational staff level linkages and develop a greater understanding of UK Ministry of Defence planning for crises.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-military coordination
  • WoG coordination
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy

Frequency

  • Annual

2017 dates

  • 16 March 2017 to 27 March 2017

2018 dates

  • 16 March 2018 to 27 March 2018

Location

  • UK

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Bahrain
  • Czech Republic
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovenia
  • Great Britian
  • Turkey

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT

KHAAN QUEST

KHAAN QUEST is a multilateral exercises focusing on regional interoperability in Peace Support Operations (PSO), develop peacekeeping capabilities and build military-to-military relationships amongst participating nations from across the Indo-Pacific region.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-military coordination
  • HADR
  • SASO
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • Peacekeeping

Frequency

  • Annual

2017 dates

  • 15 June 2017 to 2 July 2017

2018 dates

  • 15 June 2018 to 2 July 2018

Location

  • Mongolia

Participating nations

  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Great Britian
  • USA
  • Singapore
  • Turkey

Proposed agencies

  • Border Force
  • DFAT
  • AFP

MNF SOP WORKSHOP

The MNF SOP Workshop is an annual activity conducted by the Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT). This activity seeks to update the Multinational Force Standard Operating Procedures Handbook. Australia has agreed to host MNF SOP 19 in 2016.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-military coordination
  • HADR
  • SASO
  • SAR
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • Interagency coordination
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Crisis management

Frequency

  • Annual

2017 dates

  • 1 June 2017 to 8 June 2017

2018 dates

  • 1 June 2018 to 8 June 2018

Location

  • Australia 16/17 – then rotating through MPAT countries

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Mauritius
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • French Polynesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvatu
  • Great Britian
  • USA
  • Vanuatu

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • AFP
  • Defence
  • AGD

RIM TO THE PACIFIC

RIMPAC is a multilateral joint exercise conducted biennially by the US 3rd Fleet in Hawaii. RIMPAC is designed to enhance regional interoperability, practice a range of military operations and includes a significant HADR component focused on civil-military coordination.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-military coordination
  • HADR
  • NEO
  • SASO
  • SAR
  • Defence engagement
  • Interagency coordination
  • Crisis management
  • Border security

Frequency

  • Biennial

2018 dates

  • 1 July 2018 to 4 August 2018

2020 dates

  • 1 July 2020 to 4 August 2020

Location

  • Hawaii

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • France
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Great Britian
  • USA

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • AGD

TEMPEST EXPRESS 1

TEMPEST EXPRESS – 1 aims at enhance regional interoperability through engagement and to develop common SOPs and contingency planning capabilities amongst partner nations for use in combined joint operations and exercises. Activities are conducted on a biannual basis by countries from the Indo-Pacific region that form the Multi-National Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT). The exercise scenarios focus on a range of issues including HADR, stabilisation operations, NEO and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear) response. The MPAT program is sponsored by USPACOM.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • HADR
  • NEO
  • SASO
  • SAR
  • CBRN
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Interagency coordination
  • Crisis management

Frequency

  • Biannual (First iteration)

2017 dates

  • 24 March 2017 to 4 April 2017

2018 dates

  • 24 March 2018 to 4 April 2018

Location

  • TE28: Nepal TE 30:? TE 32:? TE 34:?

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvatu
  • Great Britian
  • USA
  • Vanuatu

Proposed agencies

  • Border force
  • DFAT

TEMPEST EXPRESS 2

TEMPEST EXPRESS – 2 aims at enhance regional interoperability through engagement and to develop common SOPs and contingency planning capabilities amongst partner nations for use in combined joint operations and exercises. Activities are conducted on a biannual basis by countries from the Indo-Pacific region that form the Multi-National Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT). The exercise scenarios focus on a range of issues including HADR, stabilisation operations, NEO and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear) response. The MPAT program is sponsored by USPACOM.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • HADR
  • NEO
  • SASO
  • SAR
  • CBRN
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Interagency coordination
  • Crisis management

Frequency

  • Biannual (Second iteration)

2017 dates

  • 9 June 2017 to 17 June 2017

2018 dates

  • 9 June 2018 to 17 June 2018

Location

  • Tahiti

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvatu
  • Great Britian
  • USA
  • Vanuatu

Proposed agencies

  • Border force
  • DFAT
  • AFP
  • ADG

ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN

ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN (UFG) is an annual exercise conducted in the Republic of Korea (ROK) that is designed to practise ROK and US forces in responding to security threats. ADF participates in this exercise to confirm Australia’s commitment to the Korean Peninsula and to conduct and share contingency planning for any crisis that may develop in the Korean theatre of Operations.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • Civil-military coordination
  • international engagement
  • CBRN
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy

Frequency

  • Annual

2017 dates

  • 11 August 2017 to 28 August 2017

2018 dates

  • 11 August 2018 to 28 August 2018

Location

  • Republic of Korea

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Great Britian
  • USA

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • Defence

VIGILANT PACIFIC

VIGILANT PACIFIC is a Counter-Intelligence (CI) and Human-Intelligence (HUMANIT) exercise which provides a forum to support the ‘Five Eyes’ (FVEY) Memoranda of Understanding for military CI and HUMINT capabilities. This exercise aims to enhance interoperability and combined development amongst the FVEY intelligence community.

Activity Lead

  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-Military coordination
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Counter-terrorism

Frequency

  • Annual

2016 dates

  • 25 October 2016 to 7 November 2016

2017 dates

  • 25 October 2017 to 7 November 2017

Location

  • Australia

Participating nations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Great Britian
  • USA

Proposed agencies

  • DFAT
  • Defence

VIKING

EXERCISE VIKING is a multinational civil-military exercise run every three years by the Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) and Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). The aim of Exercise Viking is to train and educate participants in planning and conducting a UN mandated Chapter VII peace operation based on the Comprehensive Approach.

Activity Lead

  • Swedish Armed Forces and Folke Bernadotte Academy

Joint or Single Service

  • Joint

Key Descriptors

  • International engagement
  • Civil-military coordination
  • HADR
  • SASO
  • Policing
  • Defence engagement
  • Diplomacy
  • Peacekeeping
  • Interagency coordination
  • Crisis management

Frequency

  • Tri-annual

2017 dates

  • TBC

2019 dates

  • TBC

Location

  • Sweeden

Participating nations

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangaladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • UK
  • USA
  • Usbekistan

Proposed agencies

  • AGD
  • Border Force
  • AFP
  • DFAT


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Interagency Exercise Matrix

Interagency Training Matrix

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