Unified Focus 2017 exercise opens in Cameroon with 100 participants from 10 different countries.
An armed forces brass band and formations of the Cameroonian military troops welcomed the participants and signified the launch of the opening exercise of Unified Focus on April 24.
Unified Focus 17 is a tabletop exercise for a week which brings the military cooperation of the Lake Chad Basin region’s Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) together to carry out joint planning and organization through a succession of scripted scenarios.
According to the U.S. Army Africa deputy commander, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Moore, The Unified Focus is a pristine exercise. He added that this week’s focus is to organize the members of the Multinational Joint Task Force together with civilian organizations and talk about ways to counteract the instability and violence caused by ISIS West Africa and Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin.
Almost 100 participants from 10 countries have joined together for this exercise. The countries partaking in the exercise include Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Benin, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and the non-military partakers are representatives from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Red Cross International Committee, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for Civilians in Conflict.
U.S. Army Maj. Aaron Smith from the office of security cooperation of the U. S. Embassy Yaoundé said that this exercise is the product of a year’s dedicated work by a team consisting of three multinational conferences as foundation for the final event.
The scenarios all focus around violence and instability caused by ISIS West Africa and Boko Haram in the Basin of Lake Chad.
This exercise is to fully optimize and reinforce the coordination of regional and national efforts for the most favorable results in the battle against terrorism, declared by Maj. Gen. Saly Mohamadou, Command of the 2nd Military Region of Cameroon.