Estonia will be participating in a NATO Crisis Management Exercise (CMX 2009) from 4-10 March. The purpose of the exercise is to practice the NATO crisis management process for areas outside the Euro-Atlantic region, in which a worsening security situation will be accompanied by attacks on UN peacekeeping missions, humanitarian crises, a nation threatening its neighbour, regional conflicts, and terrorism. The scenario for the staff exercise, which will take place in real time, is fictional.
The CMX is a regularly scheduled NATO Crisis Management Exercise, the goal of which is to practice political, military and civil organisation and crisis management procedures in order to be able to support NATO consultations and the collective decision-making process in a crisis situation.
Another aim of the exercise is to practice consultation procedures with the NATO partner states and international organisations participating in the exercise. Participating in CMX 2009 will be all 28 NATO member states, the partner states Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Macedonia and Ukraine, as well as Israel from the Mediterranean Dialogue countries. In addition, the sub-organisations of the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the International Organisation for Migration will be participating. About 2 500 will be involved in the exercise.
Institutions from Estonia that will be included in the exercise are the Foreign Ministry, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to NATO, the Defence Ministry, the Defence Forces, the State Chancellery, the Security Police, the Ministry of Economics and Communications, the Interior Ministry, the Rescue Board, the Finance Ministry, and the Justice Ministry.
This is Estonia’s fourth time participating in the CMX exercise (earlier exercises took place in 2005, 2006 and 2008).
Estonia to participate in NATO Crisis Management Exercise