On February 19, 2019 at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, soldiers, sailors and airmen of the U.S Central Command, in tandem with regional partners, conducted Joint Air Defense Exercise 19-01. The military exercise focused on increasing the readiness of air defense assets in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
U.S Commanders have praised JADEX as a critical component of U.S security and cooperation in the region. This was clearly expressed with the remarks of Maj. Ricardo Lara, AFCENT chief of exercises, who stated the following: “It gave us an opportunity to practice combined air operations with multiple aircraft and partners dedicated to regional defense to develop command and control tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs).”
Members of our Embassy team recently visited the Al Udeid Air Base in #Qatar and had the unique opportunity to learn, as well as see up-close this B1 Bomber Lancer that recently participated in a Joint Air Defense Exercise with Qatari Mirage 2000s @USAFCENT #USQatar pic.twitter.com/8PooGNQlj3— U.S. Embassy in Qatar (@USEmbassyQatar) February 26, 2019
JADEX are regularly scheduled, however, they are critical in improving the effectiveness of inter-operational capabilities of the joint coalition team or forces. Even though the scenarios during JADEX were simulated, the military forces involved practiced real-world TTPs that addressed missile, aircraft and small unmanned aerial system threats. Maj. Ricardo Lara acclaimed these realistic simulations by stating, “We’re really testing the tactical levels of warfare.”
Furthermore, regularly scheduled JADEX simulations have a dual effect: firstly, they bolster U.S military capability and credibility in the region, and, secondly, they complement the U.S defense posture to deter and win against state and non-state actors. The overall importance of JADEX is that it strengthens peaceful military-to-military relationships and improves regional stability with partner nations.
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