Canadian Army to take part in Multinational Military Exercise to Enhance Interoperability with our Allies

News release

May 2, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 200 Canadian Army members from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade (1 CMBG) are in Grafenwöhr, Germany participating in the U.S. Army’s multinational Joint Warfighting Assessment (JWA) exercise, from May 2 to 9, 2018.

As outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, the Canadian Army’s participation in this exercise allows the Canadian Armed Forces to enhance interoperability and operational effectiveness, as well as signal Canada’s commitment to sustaining strong relationships with allies, partners, other militaries and multilateral institutions.

Members from 1 CMBG, based in Edmonton, Alberta and Shilo, Manitoba, are participating in this computer-aided exercise (CAX) simulation, with a focus on new and emerging concepts, capabilities, organizations and doctrine; a first of its kind.

Multinational exercises like Joint Warfighting Assessment, increase the experience and effectiveness of the Canadian Army, and represent a valuable collective training opportunity in an international environment. These cooperative relationships enhance knowledge, understanding and interoperability, allowing for the exchange of best practices, and ultimately contribute significantly to success on operations.

Additional multimedia

Master Corporal Jason Cox (front left) and Corporal Cory Walker (back right) from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Headquarters Information Management work with Lance Corporal Ruth Tietie (back left) and Signaller Nicole Temaipii (front right) from 1 Command Support Regiment of the New Zealand Army on April 26, 2018 in preparation for the Joint Warfighting Assessment 18.1, beginning on May 2, 2018 in Grafenwöhr, Germany. Photo: Lieutenant Ken Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer© DND/MND 2018


“The Joint Warfighting Assessment provides the Canadian Army, working closely with partner nations, an opportunity to trial and integrate new and emerging concepts and doctrine into potential real world conflict scenarios. Canada’s participation enhances our interoperability, and strengthens relationships with key allies in an operational environment. Ultimately, our participation in the Joint Warfighting Assessment will improve 1 CMBG’s ability to manage and plan for operations, enhancing our ability to respond to an array of possible missions at home and abroad.”

Colonel W.H. Fletcher, Commander, 1 CMBG

Quick facts

  • Joint Warfighting Assessment 18.1 is a live, and constructive exercise, primarily conducted via computer-aided exercise simulation at United States Army Garrison (USAG) Bavaria in Grafenwöhr, Germany.

  • 1 CMBG will be one of five national brigade group headquarters participating in the Joint Warfighting Assessment, the others are France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the US Army, hosted by the 7th US Army Training Command. This multinational operational environment will also prepare 1 CMBG for the start of the year-long Road to High Readiness scheduled to commence this autumn.

  • In preparation for the Joint Warfighting Assessment 18.1, 1 CMBG Headquarters personnel participated in Exercise VIRTUAL RAM, a computer-assisted exercise conducted from 12 to 15 February 2018 at the Edmonton Garrison. The soldiers spent a week exercising the operational planning process at the unit-level, while conducting operations in a complex environment.

  • Under Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, Canada has adopted a new approach to defence that will position our military to anticipate emerging threats and challenges to Canada and Canadian interests, adapt to changing circumstances by investing in capabilities to improve our foresight of threats, challenges and opportunities, and act effectively and decisively in cooperation with our allies and partners.

  • By enhancing capabilities and capacity, the Department of National Defence will ensure interoperability with key allies and partners, through NORAD, NATO, and the allied intelligence community to enable effective joint and combined operations, as outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy.

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