NEWPORT, R.I. – Russian naval officers from the Kuznetsov Naval Academy (KNA) joined with the U.S. Naval War College for a combined operations game at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), Oct. 24-28.
The five-day KNA Game 2011 brought together participants from NWC, KNA, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as well as other U.S. government and civilian agencies. Developed with KNA by NWC’s War Gaming Department, the game focused on examining the planning process for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations.
The college-to-college relationship between the two graduate-level naval war colleges was formalized six years ago. A large part of the exchange program is bringing together expert working groups to explore issues of mutual interest relevant to professional military education and research, and analysis and war gaming on matters pertaining to peacekeeping and maritime security cooperation.
“The planning of joint processes, making comparisons, and learning in a symbiotic relationship is best for everyone,” said Russian Capt. 1R Evgeniy Pakhomov.
During KNA 2011, U.S. and Russian military officers worked together as simulated navy task forces from both countries joined together to respond to a humanitarian crisis caused by a natural disaster. Working groups made strategic assessments of the situation on the ground and then devised courses of action to respond to the crisis.
“This exercise is a good channel of communication and open exchanges,” said U.S. Marine Col. Mike Saleh, deputy dean for NWC’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies.
In addition to the game, NWC arranged tours to Naval Submarine School and U.S. Coast Guard Academy in nearby Groton and New London, Conn. According the KNA Game 2011 organizers, enriching respective student, faculty and staff experiences is the goal of these types of engagements.
From Naval War College Public Affairs
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