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Pentagon’s Central Command Targets Syria, Iran

U.S. Department of Defense
July 10, 2013

Centcom Plans for Broader Regional Engagement Post-2014
By Donna Miles

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Reflecting a global trend, many U.S. engagements in the region have evolved into multilateral exercises. “Based on past experience, we see any future conflict as being multinational and multilateral,” Zero said. “And as such, we need to conduct training and exercises and engagement on a multinational and multilateral basis.”

The recent Eagle Resolve exercise, for example, included 18 nations – every country in the region except Syria and Iran. ”Everybody else had representation,” Zero said.

Eagle Resolve, conducted in April in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, brought together U.S. and Gulf Cooperation Council partners to address integrated air and missile defense…Eager Lion, held in Jordan in June, focused on…air and missile defense.

Although the scenarios aren’t directed at any particular nation, capacity built through the exercises could be applied to a combat operation if the situation demanded it, Zero said.

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U.S. Marines participate in Eagle Resolve 2013 in Qatar

TAMPA, Fla. – Exercises, training exchanges and other military-to-military engagements with partners across the Middle East will become increasingly important as the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. Central Command official told American Forces Press Service.

For the past 11 years, sustained combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have monopolized the United States’ focus within the Centcom area of responsibility, Guy Zero, deputy director for training and exercises, said during an interview at the command’s headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

This limited the number of forces and assets available to support broader engagement elsewhere in the region, he acknowledged.

Despite these constraints, Centcom has pursued a robust theater engagement strategy ranging from senior leader conferences to tactical-level training and exercises with 18 of the 20 regional militaries in activities, Zero reported.

Now, facing a post-2014 future with a reduced troop presence, Centcom is laying plans to engage more broadly across the region.

“As active combat forces leave the Centcom area, the United States will increasingly depend upon strategic engagement through training and exercises to maintain our strategic partnerships,” Zero said.

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U.S. Marines in Eager Lion exercise in Jordan in June

What’s important, he emphasized, is that the engagements continue, and that they continue to grow.

Particularly in light of the defense strategic guidance and its heightened focus on the Asia-Pacific region, the world is watching to see if the United States will live up to its long-term commitments within the Centcom region, he said.

“Our partners in the Middle East, as well as those nations outside the Middle East, are watching very carefully to see what the United States is going to do,” Zero said. “They are watching, I believe, to see if the United States is going to turn its back on the partner nations in the Middle East. This is our opportunity to prove them wrong.”

Military-to-military engagements help bolster partner capacity throughout the region, increasing interoperability so militaries work together more effectively during multinational operations, he said.

But they serve another vital purpose: building trust between the U.S. and partner militaries, and among regional partners that historically have not worked closely together.

“Ultimately, this enhances readiness, and provides a forum of dialogue so, should crisis erupt, we are not meeting and talking for the very first time,” he said. “We are rehearsing concepts so, should they need to be employed, we have done it on some level before.”

Reflecting a global trend, many U.S. engagements in the region have evolved into multilateral exercises. “Based on past experience, we see any future conflict as being multinational and multilateral,” Zero said. “And as such, we need to conduct training and exercises and engagement on a multinational and multilateral basis.”

The recent Eagle Resolve exercise, for example, included 18 nations — every country in the region except Syria and Iran. ”Everybody else had representation,” Zero said.

To encourage the broadest possible participation, Centcom typically builds the scenarios around… involve air and missile defense, countermine operations or humanitarian assistance and disaster response, he said.

Eagle Resolve, conducted in April in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, brought together U.S. and Gulf Cooperation Council partners to address integrated air and missile defense, consequence management, critical infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-passive defense, and interdiction and border security.

Eager Lion, held in Jordan in June, focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and air and missile defense.

Regional Cooperation, an exercise currently underway and being hosted by Kazakhstan, typically involves scenarios related to acts of terrorism or natural disasters.

Although the scenarios aren’t directed at any particular nation, capacity built through the exercises could be applied to a combat operation if the situation demanded it, Zero said.

“If you practice [humanitarian assistance and disaster response], you are going to be exercising the same types of systems, doing decision-making and executing very similar to what you would do in conflict,” he said. “But by removing the specter of a scenario of conflict, you can really get down to the root of practicing our business practices and the roles and functions of how we operate.”

This puts potential aggressors on alert, he said. “As these countries look out across their portico, they see a collection of countries coming together for a purpose. It is hard to ignore the resolve that is demonstrated by those nations coming together and that sends: that we are here together,” he said.

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  1. July 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The war criminals and killing machine that is the US Penatagon,CIA and British Intelligence certainly like to seek out and find so called enemies who won’t play ball with their plans for World domination.
    There are millions starving in these countries and yet they spend billions on their overseas bases,training missions and new weaponry.
    Their claim to be for democracy and Freedom is true bull**** in regards to who they do business with and train in the middle east.
    Sickeningg hypocrisy!

  2. Kathleen
    July 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

    the Aggressors

    If I looked over the portico
    And over the summer lilies
    And saw a collection of soldiers
    Representing eighteen countries
    From across the ocean
    And one is my own

    All in uniforms
    Carrying military hardware
    And some sort of an aumf
    What would I do
    Offer a platter of sandwiches
    Perhaps Chicago’s finest pulled pork?

    If someone looked over the portico
    And over the logs in the road representing
    a thousand years of necessary disobedience
    And saw a collection of soldiers
    From European nations
    And transatlantic troops

    All in uniforms
    Carrying military hardware
    And some sort of a sofa
    What can she do
    But offer a kraut and sausage
    And then run for cover

    If we looked over the portico
    And over the arid border
    And over the base wall
    And saw a collection of soldiers
    Representing eighteen countries
    And one across the ocean

    All in uniforms
    Carrying out exercises with clever names
    On our brothers homeland
    What would we think to ask if
    They are lost on their way to Solomon’s porch
    And just need new directions?

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