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Estonia Participating in NATO Crisis Management Exercise CMX


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From 12-16 November Estonia will participate in NATO’s Crisis Management Exercise (CMX 2012) for the sixth time.

The CMX is a crisis management exercise regularly held by NATO in order to practice political, military and civil organisation and crisis management procedures so that NATO consultations and the collective decision-making process would function well in an actual crisis situation.

In accordance with NATO’s new Strategic Concept, approved in November 2010, ensuring the collective defence of allies and crisis management are NATO’s primary tasks, which are accomplished though the routine compilation of defence plans and regularly scheduled trainings.

The scenario for the staff exercise, which will take place in real time, is fictional. The goal of the CMX 2012 exercise is to test NATO’s readiness to respond to asymmetrical threats to NATO using the procedures and policies that have been agreed upon within the organisation. Another goal is to practice strategic consultations on the political and military level as well as the collective decision-making process.

This year CMX 12 is taking place in parallel with NATO’s technical cyber security staff exercise Cyber Coalition 12 (CC12). For Estonia it is essential that any cyber problems detected during the CC12 be addressed in the North Atlantic Council and that opportunities are created to practice NATO’s cyber security plans, measures and procedures on all levels.

Participants in the 2012 exercise will be NATO headquarters, NATO military commands, and NATO member states as well as partner states Finland and Sweden. The European External Action Service will also be actively involved in the exercise.

The Foreign Ministry will co-ordinate the exercise in Estonia. Other participants in Estonia will be the Defence Ministry, the Defence Forces, the State Chancellery, the Security Police, the Ministry of Economics and Communications, the Interior Ministry, the Information System Authority, and the Estonia Representation to NATO.

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