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AMDEX 21-1 kicks off to enhance relationships, readiness

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The U.S. military regularly participates in exercises with joint, coalition and regional partners in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility each year. Air and Missile Defense Exercise 21-1, which started Oct. 12, is a U.S. Air Forces Central-led exercise that develops and exercises tactics, techniques, and procedures against simulated air, cyber, force protection and missile threats.

AMDEX 21-1 will take place in various locations around the region and will allow participating forces to test the transition from steady-state operations to active combined regional defense, while still adhering to COVID-19 mitigations.

“We build trust and maximize our collective strengths when we operate as a joint U.S. force with our partner nations,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander. “Relationships are the bedrock of our success; together we are capable of maintaining an upper hand in defense of this region.”

Throughout the two-week exercise, U.S. Army Central, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and AFCENT will work directly with long-standing regional partners to refine command and control capabilities, build a comprehensive site picture and ensure interoperability between the various air and missile systems.

“This AMDEX iteration was designed to make sure we can respond to unpredictable and free-thinking adversaries,” said U.S. Air Force Col. David Fisher, 9th AF (AFCENT) Theater Security Cooperation director. “We do not seek conflict, but we would be remised to not validate our technical interoperability and rapid response defensive capabilities across multiple nations, locations and domains.”

U.S. participation in exercises such as this one reassures our coalition and regional partners and allies of our commitment to the security and stability of the region.