Canada hosts JOINTEX 2018 Joint Operations Symposium

Civilian and military participants of a military exercise pose for a group photo.
JOINTEX 2018 participants and speakers at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario on February 27, 2018. Photo: Cpl Mark Schombs.

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On February 27 and 28, 2018, the Canadian War Museum welcomed senior Canadian Armed Forces and Defence personnel, other government departments, and allied leadership to attend the JOINTEX 2018 Joint Operations Symposium (JOS), which focuses on operations specifically enhancing intellectual interoperability with national and international defence partners.

The symposium provided a unique opportunity to explore and discuss topical and relevant multi-national defense issues aimed at improving the ability of commanders and leaders to command and manage national and multi-national joint forces, most notably within an expeditionary context.

“These gatherings of select, experienced and impactful military and defence leaders, garners exceptional value to Canada and its allies,” said Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command. “It is an annual event that we will continue to leverage for information sharing, relationship building and interoperability amongst all participants and Nations represented,” he added.

This year’s themes focused on the Government of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged as it pertains to the ability to anticipate new challenges, adapt to changing circumstances, and act with exemplary capability and professionalism while supporting peace and security around the world.

The Joint Operations Symposium explored the “Engaged” element of the policy while concurrently focusing on the domains of Intelligence, Cyber and Space, as evolving strategic enablers of the Joint Force.

The event fostered positive discussions and exchanges amongst allies regarding NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployament in Europe, focusing on the Canada-led multinational battlegroup based in Adazi, Latvia, with a shared perspective from NATO’s Commander Multinational Corps Northeast, Lieutenant General Manfred Hofmann.

“Canada has actively participated alongside our NATO Allies in measures to maintain security and stability in Europe and the Mediterranean — through forward presence and collaborative efforts in partnering, training, exercises and other operational tasks, ” said Major-General William Seymour, Chief of Staff – Operations, Canadian Joint Operations Command. “The Canadian Armed Forces are proud to represent Canada to serve as the Framework Nation for the battlegroup alongside our Allies, Albania, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and Spain,” he added.

In line with these themes, NATO’s Major-General Cave spoke to NATO plans related to one of the largest exercises carried out in the alliance, Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018, and how it will train and evaluate NATO Response Force 2019 (NRF 19).

Civilian and military senior representatives from Canada, the United States, and NATO attended the symposium.

JOINTEX is the Canadian Armed Forces’ enduring annual series of joint capability development and collective training exercises that aim to improve joint operational readiness and enhance interoperability with national and international partners. The JOINTEX 2019 JOS plans to be focused on Canada’s strategic vision of Strong at home, focusing on the ability to train, equip, generate and employ national defence capabilities in defence of its territorial boundaries.

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