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The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, on Monday inaugurated the first Joint Operations Planning Exercise (JOPEX) for the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Army War Schools Nigerian Air Force in Abuja.

Irabor said the exercise, titled “Exercise Sky Lock” was built around a contemporary, realistic and real-time safety event in Nigeria.

He said it also marked the culmination of several moments of significant effort to develop participants’ skills in operational arts, operational design, and the decision-making process, among others.

According to Irabor, the exercise is certainly another important step in the professional military education and profile of the Nigerian military to properly equip its officers for present and future assignments.

“As think tanks of the Nigerian armed forces, our war schools are indeed laboratories and incubation centers for the production of military operational level plans.

“They are also the measure of the performance and efficiency of existing plans with a view to reviewing them for increased efficiency.

“To that end, the product of this joint operations planning exercise will be part of the military decision-making cycle for certain ongoing and future operations.

“Today’s event therefore provides an opportunity to launch an enduring tradition for colleges that will enshrine the culture of joint planning at the level of military operational leadership.

“This culture is indeed essential for the development of the capacity at the operational level to meet the multiple challenges and contemporary security commitments in future military operations,” he said.

Irabor further said that the complex security environment of the 21st century has huge implications not only for the military, but also for all sectors of government and society.

He said the knowledge, skills and abilities that participants had acquired, especially in the operational art, would enhance their professional judgment in the joint operational environment.

He urged attendees to keep an open mind in coming up with innovative and workable solutions to the myriad of security challenges facing the nation, especially in the northeast of the country and other regions affected by the insecurity.

According to him, the military is currently engaged in homeland security operations in our nation’s 36 states as well as in the CTF.

“So I think our war schools are useful at this time for developing plans and strategies that will optimize the resources available to achieve our national military objectives.

“So this is a clear call to our schools of war to uphold the ideals of joint operations planning exercises like this one towards institutionalizing the synergy evidenced by joint planning, training and the collective effort in security operations, “he said.

Previously the Commander of the Army War College in Nigeria, Major-General. Solomon Uduonwa, said the key objective of the exercise was to enable participants to respond effectively to contemporary security challenges.

Uduonwa said the exercise involved aspects of national security, interagency coordination, logistics planning, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and stabilization operations.

He also said it would also provide a forum for participants trained as operational commanders and staffs to practice the planning, preparation and conduct of these aspects in different scenarios.

According to him, the services complemented the facilities of Defense Headquarters efforts which facilitated collaboration and learning links within and between colleges.

The Director of Studies, Army War College in Nigeria, Brigadier-General. Bamidele Alabi, said 184 staff from the three departments including 98 participants and senior staff will participate in the five-day exercise.

Source: NAN

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